How to make Chole Biryani - SK Khazana -

The combination of chole and biryani is exquisite – a never to be forgotten experience

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Chickpea (kabuli chana), Biryani rice

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Chole Biryani - SK Khazana

Chole Biryani - SK Khazana Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 8-10 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Chole Biryani - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Chickpea (kabuli chana) soaked overnight and boiled 1 cup

  • Biryani rice cooked 3 cups

  • Punjabi Chole Masala 2 tablespoons

  • Ghee 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Bayleaf 1

  • Cloves 3-4

  • Green cardamom 3-4

  • Cinnamon stick 1 inch

  • Black peppercorns 4-5

  • Onion medium, chopped 1

  • Green chili paste 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Tomato puree fresh 1 cup

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Cumin powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Fresh mint leaves 1/4 cup

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1/4 cup + for sprinkling

  • Yogurt 3 tablespoons

  • Fried onions 3 tablespo for garnish

  • Ginger peeled and cut into thin strips 2 inch

  • Saffron a large pinch soaked in 3 tbsps warm milk

  • Screwpine water 1 1/2 tablespoons


Step 1

Heat ghee in a deep non-stick pan, add bay leaf, cloves, green cardamoms, cinnamon and black peppercorns, mix and saute till fragrant.

Step 2

Add onion, mix and sauté till translucent. Add green chilli paste and garlic paste, mix and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Step 3

Add tomato puree, mix well and saute for 2 minutes. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and cumin powder, mix well, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or till the oil separates. Remove the cover, add mint leaves and coriander leaves and mix well.

Step 4

Add yogurt, mix well and saute for 2 minutes. Add chickpeas and mix well. Add Punjabi Chole Masala and 3 tbsps fried onion and mix well. Add ½ cup water, mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5

Spread basmati rice evenly on top of the chole. Sprinkle some fried onion, ginger strips, drizzle 3 tbsps saffron milk and screwpine water and sprinkle coriander leaves. Cover the pan with aluminium foil and place the lid on. Cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

Step 6

Remove the lid and the aluminium foil. Transfer the biryani into a serving plate, garnish with fried onion and coriander leaves and serve hot with raita and papads.

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