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Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter Q

Theme: A-Z Dishes from Andhra Pradesh

Dish: Q for Qabooli Biryani (Hyderabadi Chana dal Biryani)

Letter Q stands for Qubani (apricots). Qubani ka Meetha is a very famous Hyderabadi dessert that is made with dried apricots that are soaked and then cooked with sugar and drizzled with cream. I wanted to make it, but couldn’t find good quality apricots. So I made Qabooli instead.

Qabooli is biryani made with spicy chana dal (split pea lentil) and layered with basmati rice. I used black chana/ chickpeas instead and it turned out quite tasty. This is a filling and delicious dish that is great to make when you have company.

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Qabooli Biryani Yum
Qabooli Biryani
Course main course
Cuisine hyderabadi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For Rice Layer:
  • cups Basmati Rice
  • 3 Cloves
  • 3 Cardamom Green
  • 1 Cinnamon " stick
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • to taste Salt
For the Chana layer:
  • 1 cup Chana/ Kabuli Chana Kala , cooked
  • 1 Onion - medium, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 chilies Green - slit
  • 1 tsp chili powder Red
  • 1 tsp Coriander Ground
  • 1 tsp cumin Ground
  • ½ cup Yogurt - whisked well
  • 1 Tomato - medium, chopped
  • 3 tbsps Mint leaves - chopped
  • 3 tbsps Cilantro leaves - chopped
  • to taste Salt
Other Ingredients:
  • 1 Onion - large, thinly sliced
Course main course
Cuisine hyderabadi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For Rice Layer:
  • cups Basmati Rice
  • 3 Cloves
  • 3 Cardamom Green
  • 1 Cinnamon " stick
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • to taste Salt
For the Chana layer:
  • 1 cup Chana/ Kabuli Chana Kala , cooked
  • 1 Onion - medium, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 chilies Green - slit
  • 1 tsp chili powder Red
  • 1 tsp Coriander Ground
  • 1 tsp cumin Ground
  • ½ cup Yogurt - whisked well
  • 1 Tomato - medium, chopped
  • 3 tbsps Mint leaves - chopped
  • 3 tbsps Cilantro leaves - chopped
  • to taste Salt
Other Ingredients:
  • 1 Onion - large, thinly sliced
Qabooli Biryani
Instructions
  1. For Rice Layer: Soak rice in cold water for at least 30 minutes. Add all the other ingredients listed along with 2 cups of water in a microwave safe bowl for 8 minutes. Rice should be 75-80% cooked and all the water should be absorbed.
  2. For the Chana Masala Layer: Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan, add the onions and green chilies; cook until onions are lightly browned. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Next add tomato and cook until mushy. Add ground coriander, cumin, red chili powder and salt. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the whisked yogurt and chopped herbs. Cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
  5. Make caramelized onions: Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan and the sliced onions. Cook on medium flame stirring frequently until the onions turn golden and start to caramelize, about 20-25 minutes.
  6. Assemble the Biryani: In a heavy bottomed wide pan, add 1/3rd of the rice, followed by ½ of the chana masala and ½ of the caramelized onions. Top this with 1/3rd of the rice and remaining chana masala. Finally add the remaining 1/3rd of the rice and the caramelized onions. Sprinkle some chopped mint and cilantro. Cover tightly with the lid and cook on low flame for 12-15 minutes or until the rice is completely cooked and all the flavors mingle with each other.
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20 thoughts on “Qabooli Biryani (Hyderabadi Chana dal Biryani)”

  1. I also made this but its way different. I had no idea such dish existed but made it from a friend website yours look good.But she had channa dal mix and you have used kabul channa what should be done. I am sure ur from andhra pradesh and u must know it well for sure. I have never heard of it or tasted it before.

  2. This is one of the most flavorful Biryani a..love it with that lentil in it..it is a wonderful change from those veggies.

  3. healthy and flavorful. yes – apricot season is kind of past. It was great a few months ago but now they are looking sick in the market. Too bad because I tried it a few months ago and that meetha is so delicious

  4. healthy and flavorful. yes – apricot season is kind of past. It was great a few months ago but now they are looking sick in the market. Too bad because I tried it a few months ago and that meetha is so delicious

  5. That’s a lovely Briyani!This has been on my list for a long time but I keep putting it off to the future as I find the process a bit lengthy. Got to try it soon…

  6. i had made a chhole pulav and loved the combo back then, i can imagine how flavorful this biryani must have been, delicious

  7. I had made this before from a Sanjeev Kapoor book. It was for one of the earlier BM alphabet themes (random series of alphabets – not whole month one). Yours look very nice and flavorful!

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