Chana Biriyani

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Chana BiryaniChana Biriyani: Chana biriyani is a flavourful and a very simple dish. As chana (chickpeas) is rich in protein and fibre, this biriyani is very healthy and makes a wholesome meal. It also makes a perfect lunch box recipe. You can serve chana biriyani with curd or raita and mango pickle. It is vegetarian version of chicken/mutton biryani, where the proteins are replaced with rich nutty chickpeas.

Ingredients for Chana Biriyani

(serves 4):

  • 3/4 cup white chickpeas
  • 1.5 cups basmati rice
  • 1 medium to large onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • A pinch of garam masala powder
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 small green cardamoms
  • 2 single thin strand of mace
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • A pinch of saffron strands
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • A few chopped mint or coriander leaves for garnish
  • Salt, to taste
  • Water, as required

For green paste:

  • 3/4 inch ginger
  • 3 to 4 garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 green chili, chopped

Method for Chana Biriyani:

  • Rinse and soak the chickpeas overnight or for 8 to 9 hours in enough water.
  • Drain them well.
  • Pressure cook the soaked chickpeas with add 3 to 3.5 cups water and 1 tsp salt for about 10-12 whistles or till the chickpeas are tender.
  • Drain the cooked chickpeas and keep aside.
  • Rinse the rice very well under running water till the water runs clear.
  • Soak the rice in enough water for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Drain and keep aside.
  • Make a smooth paste of the ingredients under ‘For green paste’ in a chutney grinder with very little water.
  • Keep this green paste aside.
  • In a pressure cooker heat ghee and add all the whole spices – caraway seeds, cardamoms, mace, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf.
  • Fry the whole spices for few seconds and add in the sliced onions.
  • Saute the onions till golden brown.
  • Add in the green paste and Saute till the raw aroma of the ginger-garlic goes away.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala powder.
  • Saute the tomatoes for a minute or so and add the basmati rice.
  • Mix well.
  • Add in the curd and saffron threads and mix well.
  • Add the drained cooked chickpeas and 2.5 to 3 cups of water.
  • Season the mixture with salt.
  • Pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles.
  • When the pressure is released from the cooker, open the lid of the cooker and gently fluff the rice.
  • Chana biriyani is ready to be served.
  • Serve hot chana biriyani garnished with coriander leaves and mint leaves and raita, mango pickle, papad or vegetable salad.

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