Channa / Chole Biryani


Biryani is the all-time favorite dish for both my hubby and son. As it’s Thursday (devotional day for me), I never cook or eat non-veg on this day. Mostly these Thursday will have something related with Channa may be a sundal or a gravy based thing and this time totally a different thing – it’s Biryani.

Channa is known as chickpeas, chole, kondakadalai… Channa is highly rich in protein and goes out well with aromatic spices as Biryani. Let me share the recipe…

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Taking it to Fiesta Friday#120 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner, partying partying let’s party…

Channa / Chole Biryani served with raita, pappad, mango pickle and apple cinnamon preserve

Channa / Chole Biryani served with raita, pappad, mango pickle and apple cinnamon preserve


  • Channa / Chickpeas – ¾ cup
  • Long grain / Basmathi  rice – 2 cups
  • Onions – 1 ½  no
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Green chilles – 1 no
  • Ginger – 1”inch stick (2 pieces)
  • Garlic – 8 cloves
  • Star Anise – 2 nos
  • Bay leaf – 2 nos
  • Cinnamon – 2 inch stick (2 pieces)
  • Cloves – 4 nos
  • Cardamom – 2 nos
  • Coriander leaves – 3 stalks
  • Mint leaves – 4 stalks
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Oil – 1 ½ tbsp.


  • Soak channa overnight or for 12 hrs. Drain the water and pressure cook them with 3 cups of water for 5 whistles. Remove the lid when the pressure subsides, drain the water, keep the channa and reserve the drained water.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and tomatoes.
  • Clean and wash the rice in water, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Take coriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger, garlic and green chillies in a blender. Blend them to a fine paste by adding little water and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil and ghee/clarified butter in a pressure cooker, add in the star anise, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and cardamom, wait until aroma comes out.
  • Add in the onions and cook until they turn golden brown.
  • Add in the tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.
  • Pour in the grounded green paste and cook until the oil the separates or until it turns dark green.
  • Add in the spice powders (turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder) and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add in the boiled channa and rice along with salt, cook for few seconds.
  • Take the reserved water (leftover water while boiling channa), pour 2 cups and 2 cups of water, and wait until it boils.
  • Pressure-cook for 2 whistles, remove the lid when the pressure subsides.
  • Give a stir, transfer it to a bowl and serve hot.

Serve hot. Goes out well for lunch with any raita. I have served it with onion raita, pappad, mango pickle and apple cinnamon preserve.

4 responses »

  1. Wow I’ve never made a biryani with chickpeas, this will definitely be one to try. Thanks for bringing it to the Fiesta this week. Enjoy your weekend.

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