Chana biryani

Chana biryani

Recipe by NaeemCourse: MainCuisine: Indian, PakistaniDifficulty: Medium


Prep time


Cooking time




Total time





Chana biryani is one of the most popular and mouth watering recipe.It is also a healthy one pot meal that is perfect for the lunch.
What is a chana biryani?
Chana biryani is a rich,aromatic rice dish where by half cooked flavored rice and a gravy as put together and allowed to cook further sealed in a pot over a low flame.


  • Chickpeas (white chana) boiled 1/2 kg

  • Onion 1 medium sliced

  • Ginger paste 2 tbsp

  • Garlic paste 2 tbsp

  • Tomatoes 4 medium

  • Yogurt 1 cup

  • Cumin powder 1 tbsp

  • Coriander powder 2 tbsp

  • Salt 1 tsp according to taste

  • Red chili powder 2 tbsp

  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp

  • Cloves 4

  • Black cardamom (badi elaichi) 2

  • Cinnamon stick (darchini) 2 inch 2

  • Star anise (badiyan phool) 2

  • Dried plums (aloo bukhara) 6-7

  • Whole spices powder 1 tsp

  • Mint leaves (podina) chopped 1/2 cup

  • Coriander leaves chopped 1/2 cup

  • Slit green chilies 6-7

  • Cooking oil (as Needed)

  • Boiled Rice ingredient:

  • Rice 1 kg basmati

  • Salt 4 tbsp according to taste

  • Bay leaf 2

  • Water

  • Biryani layering ingredients:

  • Coriander leaves chopped

  • Mint leaves chopped

  • Food color few drop

  • Lemon slices 3-4

  • Food color few drop

  • Oil (as Needed)


  • In pot,add oil,onion and fry until golden brown.
  • Add ginger,garlic paste,cloves,black cardamom,cinnamon stick,star anise,mix well.
  • And then add tomatoes,red chili powder,turmeric powder,salt,cumin powder,coriander powder,whole spices powder,dried plums,beaten yogurt and mix well.cover and cook on medium flame until water are dries up or leaves the sides of the pot.
  • Add boiled chana,mint leaves,coriander leaves,slit green chili mix well,cover and cook on medium flame for 5 minutes.
  • Gravy is ready.
  • Parboiled Rice:
  • Boil the rice with half tbsp oil,salt,bay leaf and drain the water off when the rice is 80% done.
  • Chana Biryani layering;
  • In a pot,add half layer of boiled rice and spread it add cooked chana gravy and add remaining boiled rice.
  • Add food color,lemon slices,coriander leaves,mint leaves, cover and steam cook on low flame for 10 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy.


  • You can always uses white chickpeas for making this biryani.
  • You can always uses basmati rice.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *