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Chole Biryani

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A delicious combination of chole and rice cooked without any oil

This recipe is from the book No Oil Cooking.

Preparation Time : 7-8 hour

Cooking time : 41-50 minutes

Servings :

Chole Biryani

Main Ingredients

Chickpeas (kabuli chana), Basmati rice





Level Of Cooking



  • Chickpeas (kabuli chana)
    1 cup
  • Basmati rice
    1 1/2 cups
  • Tea leaves
    2 tablespoons
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Green cardamoms
  • Bay leaves
  • Cloves
  • Skimmed milk yogurt
    1 1/2 cups
  • Ginger paste
    1 teaspoon
  • Ginger cut into thin strips
    1 inch piece
  • Fresh mint leaves hand 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. Boil four cups of water in a deep pan with salt and green cardamoms, bay leaves and cloves.

Step 3

Add rice and cook till half done. 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 4

Dissolve saffron in warm milk and mix in kewra water. Place the marinated chickpeas in a deep non-stick pan. Spread cooked rice over the chickpeas evenly. Sprinkle dissolved saffron and half of the coriander leaves over rice.

Step 5

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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