Qubooli - A Biryani from Hyderabad

BM # 18   Day 2

Qubooli is a lentil biryani from Hyderabad , the city of nawabs.Unlike other biryanis, which have veggies or some kind of meat in them this is a unique one with just lentils.The chana daal simmered with yogurt ,spiced with green chillies and spices ,makes a delicious layering for the rice.The rice have their own flavor as they are cooked with whole spices.The fried onions gives that wonderful crunch and lastly the saffron …lends a fantastic aroma …….All put together one really does’nt need a side dish but surely you could serve it with some kind of raita or yogurt.


For the rice
2cups........... basmati rice
2tbsp............ ghee
2-3................. cloves
1''piece........ cinnamon
1 big............. cardamom
Heat a pan.
Add ghee.
Add whole spices.
Add rice and fry for a few minutes.
Add salt and double water.
Cook till done.
(I transfer them into a rice cooker, after frying)

Daal Stuffing
1cup............. chana daal
½ cup........... curd
2tsp.............. ginger garlic paste
1tsp.............. garam masala
¼ tsp............ turmeric
1tsp.............. red chilly pwd
1tbsp........... garam masala
¼ cup.......... coriander leaves
2-3 ................green chillies, chopped
Salt to taste
Juice of a lemon
Saffron water
Fried onions for garnishing
Boil daal with salt till done.each grain should be separate.
In a pan heat ghee.
Add ginger garlic paste,red chillies,turmeric pwd, garam masala,salt,green chillies and curd.
Cook till curd starts to dry up.
Add daal and coriander leaves and lemon juice.
Mix well.Keep aside.

Assembling
Spread a layer of cooked rice.
Spread the next layer of the daal mix.
Again spread a layer of rice.
Sprinkle fried onions. And some saffron water.
 Drizzle ghee on top .
Cover with a foil and bake for on slow for 10-15 minutes.
Serve hot.




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