Friday, December 9, 2011

Chana Biryani

I love to prepare one pot meal quite often. one thing i love about it is, kitchen turns less messy while i prepare one pot meal, especially this easy chana biryani. though named as biryani, not much effort goes in like in biryani. this protein packed biryani is so easy to make and makes a good choice for lunch box. my kid always love this.

Chana Biryani Recipe

Prep Time10 mins 
Cooking Time: 15 mins  
Recipe CuisineIndian
Recipe TypeRice


Chickpeas / Chana - 150 gms (soaked in water for overnight)
Rice - 250 gms / you can use basmati rice if so add rice and water in 1:1 and 1/2 ratio

Onion - 2
Tomatoes - 2
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Green chilli - 2

Turmeric powder - a pinch
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp

Oil - 3 tbsp
Cinnamon stick - 2 " inch size
Cloves - 2
Saunf - 1 tsp
Bay leaf - 1
Star anise - 1

Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Corriander leaves - 1/4 cup chopped


Wash and soak the rice in water for about 30 minutes.

Slice the onions and tomatoes into thin slices and slit the green chilli's.

Heat a wide bottomed pressure cooker, add oil, saunf, cinnamon, star anise and bay leaf and cloves. saute them and add onions and green chili's. saute till the onions turns translucent. then add ginger garlic paste and saute it along with onions.

Then add chopped tomatoes to the onions and saute them well till they mix up with onions. add salt to taste, turmeric powder, chilli powder and garam masala and mix it well with the onions and tomatoes mix.

Now add chickpeas and rice. mix well with the onions and masala.

Add water in (rice) 1:2 (water) ratio if you are using par boiled rice. if using basmati rice,
 let the ratio be 1: 1 & 1/2. on adding water give them a good mix.

Add lemon juice and give a stir, check salt here. add chopped corriander leaves on top and close the pressure cooker with its lid.

Pressure cook the chana biryani for 2 whistles on high flame and other 2 whistles in low flame. after the whistles switch off the flame and wait till the steam subside.

Serve warm with onion raita.


  1. yummy and tempting rice.
    indu srinivasan

  2. Looks very delectable this chana biryani!

  3. OMG this biryani looks so gooddddd, yummmm :))

  4. Wat a delicious and super flavourful briyani.

  5. Very delicious looking biriyani...perfect winter comfort food

  6. Biryani looks super yum... loved the first pic a lot..:))
    Absolutely drool worthy..

  7. thank you very very much delicious dishes

  8. Hello, I am from USA and not sure how long "two whistles" is? How long should I cook this dish in the pressure cooker?? I want to make this dish!
    Thank you,

    1. angela, it would take 12-15 minutes in pressure cooker to make this dish.

      if you are not sure with whistles, just close the pressure cooker with its lid, reduce the flame to medium and let it cook for exactly 12 minutes.

  9. Replies
    1. Thanks for letting me know vijay!! glad u liked!

  10. rajes Jan28,2012 03.45pm

    excellent. my pressure cooker didn't whistle. the pressure was releasing continuously. i waited for about 10 minutes n off the stove. can i substitute rice cooker for pressure cooker? thank you.

  11. Hi Rajes, did you place the weight on the pressure cooker, if not the steam releases as it occurred for you. was the rice and channa cooked in 10 minutes?

    yes you can use rice cooker for this!

    1. yes i did placed the weight. i tried with the rice cooker. it turned out beautifully. i cooked your veg briyani the same way. my family enjoyed it. thanks to you

    2. Thats great rajes! Iam Happy that your family enjoyed! Thank You!

  12. The chana biryani looks gorgeous !!!


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