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Monday, January 11, 2010

Channa Biriyani Recipe - Easy Chana Biryani

Channa Biriyani Recipe
This flavourful channa biriyani is filling for a meal and rich in protein and fiber. I was happy to see each grain of rice separated the way I wanted.......This is going to be my keeper for biriyani so I measured everything accurate and here goes the recipe from my kitchen...You can pair it with carrot raita or onion raita.
Channa Biriyani Recipe

Chana Biryani Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Lunch | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian | Recipe ReferenceIndian Vegetarian Kitchen

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
White Channa - 1/2 cup
Big Onion - 1 chopped lengthwise
Ginger Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Thick Coconut Milk - 1/4 cup
Water - 1 and 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1/2 tbsp

To temper:

Oil - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
Cloves -2
Bay leaf - 1
Cardamom - 1

To grind:

Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
Mint leaves - 2 tbsp
Small Onion - 5
Garlic - 4
Tomato - 1 big sized
Green chillies - 1
Coconut - 2 tbsp


  1. In a mixer add the ingredients listed under 'to grind' and grind to a fine paste.Soak channa in water overnight(atleast for 6-7 hours). Next day pressure cook it for 5 whistles and set aside.
    How to make chana biryani - Step1
  2. Rinse basmati rice, and keep soaked in water for 15mins. Heat oil in a pressure cooker add items listed under 'to temper'. Then add onions , ginger garlic paste and saute till golden brown. Then add the masala paste along with garam masala powder.
    How to make chana biryani - Step2
  3. Fry till raw smell leaves.Add salt, garam masala powder and give a quick stir. Then add cooked channa, basmati rice and mix well till masala is blended well.How to make chana biryani - Step3
  4. Then add coconut milk, water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once pressure releases add ghee and fluff it carefully with a fork.How to make chana biryani - Step3
Serve hot with onion / carrot raita!
Channa Biriyani Recipe

My Notes:

  • Channa takes time to cook(I usually leave it for 7 whistles) so I precooked for 4 whistles till 3/4th done then added it to the rice and gave 3 whistles. This way it is too soft perfect for biryani.
  • You can also use black channa or any bean variety for making this biryani.
  • Goes well even with plain raita.
Channa Biriyani Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Hi Sharmilee, very healthy version. The black chana is more healthier than the kabuli chana, surely looks like a keeper.

  2. Looks tempting :) yumm and healthy

  3. Tempting clicks..I have this in my drafts. Your post reminded me of it.

  4. Looks very tempting, Sharmilee!

  5. I too had an eye on mahima's channa pulav,with black channa it looking very nice,I will try in future for sure!

  6. Yummm!!channa briyani looks tremendous..such a protien packed rice dish..

  7. sounds like an easy one-pot lunch option!skip the salt the next time you cook channa and then you wont need to pressure cook it for 9 whistles :-)

  8. @Dershana : Thanks for ur tip, will try it out next time! :)

  9. yummy biriyani...i make it as channa rice...love to have channa with this flavour

  10. channa pulao luks yum..wish to try it sometime

  11. thanks for trying sharmi.. needless to say, lovely click.

  12. Awesome biryani...wholesome meal :-)

  13. Appapa unga pic makes me hungry! Gorgeous!

  14. oh looks so yummy my friend..thanks for visiting my blog..u got a selective recipes:)do join as a follower too:)

  15. LOVE LOVE black chana in any dish, rice looks fab.

  16. Wow!! The biryani looks so tempting. I never thought of using chickpeas with rice. great !!

  17. Lovely.. the pictures are great and I am sure the rice tastes even better.

  18. Have never thought of chana in a biriyani!! Will try for sure. Happy New Year

  19. My first time here...the channa biryani looks delectable:) and after seeing your masala chai, i cant stop myself to make one for me now:)
    Cheers and Do visit,

  20. Inviting biryani ! Lovely pictures Sharmilee ! Thanks for the visit and the comment, will keep your ideas on the header in mind and will try and incorporate the next time I am working on my header :-)

  21. Healthy and different biriyani....

  22. Yummy biryani.. Was actually searching for this recipe for quite sometime.. Thanks!!

  23. The way of presentation makes my mouth watering.

    It's highly protein food. I will be trying it shortly.

  24. Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome.... i jus hav no words to say how goooooooooooooooooooooooood it was....
    i made it for dinner n made aloo raita!!
    my hubby jus fell in love wid d dish...
    thank u sharmi!!

  25. I tried your channa biryani recipe and it was awesome! I added some veggies along with channa. Thanks for the recipe!

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  27. worked out well. Yummy lunch
    A must try

  28. Amazing and creative recipe. Awesome clicks.

  29. mmm... mouth watering! awesome pics :) :)

  30. Can we do this without adding mint leaves

    1. Yes you can skip that but the falvour will surely differ


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