Channa/Chickpeas Biriyani

My love and trials on ONE POT meals never ends.I keep experimenting almost every morning.This channa biriyani came to my mind when I was thinking for doing something other than stir fry or gravy or filling for sandwich with channa.Mom never forgets to include one variety of legume in our daily meal to suffice the daily protein requirement.I also try to follow my mother and always try to include atleast 2 or 3 portions of pulses in daily meal.My son loves all legumes since they are easy to pick and munch on.This simple yet  rich dish is one of his favourites. CHICK PEAS PULAO OR CHANNA BIRIYANI Ingredients:
  • Basmati rice-1 cup
  • Channa/Chickpeas-3/4 cup
  • Thick coconut milk-3/4 cup
  • Water-3/4 cup
  • Garam masala-1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder-A pinch
  • Salt-To taste
  • Ghee -To cook
To grind into a smooth paste:
  • Tomato-1 medium sized
  • Coconut grated-1 tbsp
  • Mint leaves-8
  • Coriander leaves-10
  • Ginger-A small piece
  • Garlic-7
  • Green chilly-2
  • Shallots-4
To temper:
  • Bay leaf-1 leaf
  • Cinnamon-A small piece
  • Fennel seeds-1/4 tsp
  • Clove-1
CHICK PEAS PULAO OR CHANNA BIRIYANI Procedure: 1.Soak Channa/chickpeas overnight after thoroughly washing in water. 2.Rinse and soak rice for 30 minutes in normal water. CHICK PEAS PULAO OR CHANNA BIRIYANI 3.Pressure cook soaked Channa for 3 whistles.Ensure that they don’t turn mushy. 4.Make a smooth paste out of all ingredients under “To grind into a smooth paste” and keep it aside. CHICK PEAS PULAO OR CHANNA BIRIYANI 5.In a pressure cooker,add two tbsp of ghee.Add all tempering elements. 6.Now add the paste and fry until raw smell vanishes. CHICK PEAS PULAO OR CHANNA BIRIYANI 7.Rinse rice well and add the cooked Channa and rice to this. 8.Now add turmeric powder,garam masala and salt and give a quick stir. CHICK PEAS PULAO OR CHANNA BIRIYANI 9.Add water and coconut milk and cook for three whistles. 10.When the pressure is released carefully fluff it with a fork. channa biriyani6.jpg 11.Serve it with any raitha of your choice. channa biriyani.JPG
  P.S: You can use brown basmati rice too in this recipe.The water+coconut milk required would be 3 cups for 1 cup of rice after soaking in warm water for 40 minutes. I prefer to pre cook channa to ensure softness.But do take care while cooking.It shouldn’t get mashed. Introduce channa separately to your baby before trying this recipe. Adjust spices as per your taste. Always consult your pediatrician before introducing any new food to babies. Please do not forget to stay tuned with me by liking my facebook page here or follow me on Twitter or PINTEREST. You can also receive all my recipes in your mail box by providing your mail id here. Do share this with your kith and kin.If you have a picture of recipe tried from my blog kindly share with me.I am privileged to share them in my page

Vegetable rice with coconut milk

This is an altered version of my mother’s vegetable biriyani recipe. I made this in electric cooker when I had visited my aunt. It is a real treat for all at home and a nutritious dish for your little ones. When you baby is around one year(10 months plus), you can prefer these type of one pot meals to serve all nutrients in a single plate. Ingredients:
  • Basmati rice-2 cups
  • Coconut milk-3 cups
  • Vegetables-1 & 1/2 cups
  • Green chilly-4
  • Ginger-A small piece
  • Garlic-5 cloves
  • Turmeric powder-A pinch
  • Salt-To taste
  • Coriander leaves-To garnish
  • Ghee-To cook
  • Bun/bread-To garnish(Optional)
Vegetables-Carrot,potato,beans,shallot,onion,tomato,green peas,butter beans.broccoli,cauliflower(chopped finely) vegetable rice Procedure: 1. Wash and soak the rice in lukewarm water for 20 minutes. 2.Add few drops of ghee in a pan and saute green chilly,ginger and garlic. 3.Make a fine paste out of it and set it aside. Vegetable Rice 4.Add two spoons of ghee and saute the paste till raw smell vanishes 5.Now drain the water from rice and add to the pan. 6.Mix well and add the vegetables. vegetablerice 7.Give a quick toss by adding salt and turmeric powder. 8.Transfer the contents to electric cooker. 9.Switch the electric cooker on,add coconut milk and mix well. 10.Close it and wait till it gets cooked.It gets switched off automatically when done. 11.Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves 12.You can toasted pieces of bun/bread(ghee) to garnish. Vegetable riceP.S: Serve it hot with any raitha. Adjust the green chilly quantity as per your taste. Check with your doctor if you doubt on usage of basmati rice. Please do not forget to stay tuned with me by liking my facebook page here or follow me on Twitter or PINTEREST. You can also receive all my recipes in your mail box by providing your mail id here. Do share this with your kith and kin.If you have a picture of recipe tried from my blog kindly share with me.I am privileged to share them in my page