How to make Chholay Biryani -

Combination of fragrant rice and chickpeas in an absolute oil free version

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Basmati rice (बासमती चावल), Chickpeas (kabuli chana) (काबुली चना)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Rice

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Chholay Biryani

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Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 8-10 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Chholay Biryani Recipe

  • Basmati rice 1 1/2 cups

  • Chickpeas (kabuli chana) 1/2 cup

  • Tea leaves 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Green cardamoms 5-6

  • Bay leaves 2-3

  • Cloves 2-3

  • Skimmed milk yogurt 1 1/2 cups

  • Ginger paste 1 teaspoon

  • Ginger cut into thin strips 1 inch pieces

  • Fresh mint leaves torn 1/2 cup

  • Green chilli paste 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon

  • Saffron (kesar) a few strands

  • Skimmed milk warm 1 tablespoon

  • Kewra water a few drops

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1/4 cup


Step 1

Soak kabuli chana overnight in four cups of water. Drain and pressure cook in four cups of water with salt and tea leaves tied in a piece of muslin cloth, till tender.

Step 2

Remove the muslin cloth bag and drain chickpeas. Soak rice in three cups of water for about half an hour. Drain.

Step 3

Boil four cups of water in a deep pan with salt and green cardamoms, bay leaves and cloves. Add rice and cook till half done.

Step 4

Drain excess water. Marinate boiled chickpeas in yogurt, ginger paste, ginger julienne, half of the mint leaves, green chilli paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala power and garlic paste.

Step 5

Dissolve saffron in warm milk and mix in kewra water. Place the marinated chickpeas in a deep non-stick pan.

Step 6

Spread cooked rice over the chickpeas evenly. Sprinkle dissolved saffron and half of the coriander leaves over rice.

Step 7

Cover the pan tightly and put on low heat for fifteen minutes or till rice is cooked. Serve hot garnished with remaining coriander leaves and mint leaves.

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