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.
- 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
- Green chilly-2
- Bay leaf-1 leaf
- Cinnamon-A small piece
- Fennel seeds-1/4 tsp
1.Soak Channa/chickpeas overnight after thoroughly washing in water.
2.Rinse and soak rice for 30 minutes in normal water.
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.
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.
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.
9.Add water and coconut milk and cook for three whistles.
10.When the pressure is released carefully fluff it with a fork.
11.Serve it with any raitha of your choice.
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.
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