- 2 cups Basmati rice, washed and soaked for 15 minutes
- ¾ cup Chana dal, washed and soaked for 2-3 hours
- 1 Onion, peeled and sliced
- 1 ½ tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
- ½ tbsp Garam Masala *
- 2 tbsp Curd, beaten (to avoid lumps)
- 1 tbsp Red chilli powder
- ¼ tbsp Turmeric powder
- 1 Green chilli, deseeded
- 2 Cardamoms
- 2 Cloves
- 1 no. 2” inch Cinnamon stick
- 1 Bay leaf
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice
- 4-5 springs fresh Coriander leaves
- 10-12 fresh Mint leaves
Pressure cook chana dal till soft but not mushy by adding fresh water along with a drop of oil. Once dal gets cooked and cooled, drain the excess water using a sieve and set aside.
To a heavy bottom cooking vessel add ghee/oil and when ghee/oil gets heated up add cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamoms and bay leaf.
When the spices start to leave the aroma, add onion and green chilli. Fry till onions are rightly golden in color. Lower the flame and add cooked and cooled dal, salt, ginger-galric paste, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix gently.
After 2-3 minutes when all the ingredients get mix up, add curd and gently stir with a spoon. Cook till smell of curd disappears (nearly 3-4 minutes).
When all the ingredients start to tight up, turn off the flame and add fresh coriander and mint leaves and set aside.
Now in another heavy bottom cooking vessel, bring 5-6 cups of water to boil by adding little salt. When water starts to boil add soaked basmati rice and give it a quick and gently stir.
Once the rice is soft, using a sieve, drain off the excess water. In the same bowl add half of the rice and top it up with prepared chana dal curry, coriander leaves, mint leaves, lemon juice and garam masala. Cover this with another layer of remaining rice.
Cover and seal the lid with a foil and place some heavy weight on top of the lid.
Cook for another 6-9 minutes or till the rice is completely done.
Last but not least add your ‘love’ to make the dish ‘YUMMY’.
NOTE: * Garam Masala – 2 Cardamom+2 Cloves+1 2”inch Cinnamon stick are to powdered finely.UPDATED: This recipe is going to participate in Royal Feast Biryani event by Reva of Kaarasaaram. Reva is hosting this event in celebration of her blog’s second anniversary. Happy Bloganniversary…..This Qubooli is going to participate in MLLA – 18 hosted by Srivalli of Cooking 4 all seasons, event by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook.