BM #114 Week 3 Day 2 - 

Today's recipe needed to start with the letter 'Q', which is very rare to find, specially in the genre of traditional dishes. Luckily for me, Hyderabadi cuisine had this Qubooli Biryani which suited my requirement.

From what I know, 'Qubool' in Urdu means acceptance. I presume from what I read, this dish was made to please any vegetarian guests visiting the Nawabs. A great way to forge alliances. 

I have made something similar called Kubali Rice earlier but I felt the method and style of making this biryani is different and so this version appears here.

Recipe Source Vahchef
Ingredients - 

Chana Dal 1 cup
Basmati Rice 2 cups
Ginger-Garlic Paste 2 tsp
Mint leaves finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Coriander leaves finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp (to taste)
Fried Onions 1/2 cup
Yogurt 1/2 cup
Seasoning (Ghee 1 Tbsp, Shajeera 1 tsp, Cinnamon 1 inch piece, cloves 4-5, Peppercorns 8-9, Cardamom 2, Bay leaf 1. Green chilies slitted 2 )

Method Of Preparation -

Boil Chana dal in a pan adding about a cup of water making sure that the dal is mushy. It should be cooked through but should retain its shape. Add salt, red chili powder and turmeric and set aside.

In a heated stock pot add about 6-7 cups of water and set to a rolling boil. Add the basmati rice and cook until it is 90% done. Drain and spread in a platter until needed for the recipe.

Meanwhile, in a another heated pan, add ghee and the rest of the seasoning.  

After the spices turn aromatic, add ginger garlic paste, chopped mint, chopped cilantro leaves, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt to taste and mix well for a few seconds.

Add in the boiled and seasoned chana dal from step 1. Add yogurt and mix well. Cook for a minute until the spices mix well into the chana dal. Adjust the seasoning as needed.

Reduce the heat, and gently spread the 90% cooked basmati rice in a single layer to cover the spiced up chana dal. 

Sprinkle fried onions evenly and cover with another layer of rice. Sprinkle more fried onions, and squeeze some lemon juice, cover and allow it to cook for about 5 minutes in low heat.

Remove from heat, gently toss the biryani and serve hot with any spicy gravy.


Preparation Time 40 minutes
Makes 6-7


  1. Q is a difficult one to crack , but you have done it so well , great choice and this Biryani is such a delicious one . I must try this version too , I am sure we will relish it .

  2. Srivalli Says:
  3. Q is surely a tough one for us, this is a wonderful choice Harini. when I had made this many years ago for another AtoZ challenge only, we enjoyed it much!

  4. Kalyani Says:
  5. Am eyeing the gravy served with this biryani, harini ! The main dish is drool worthy and perfect for Sunday lunch too!

  6. Rafeeda AR Says:
  7. That whole platter, the rice and the gravy looks really droolworthy... I have tried this dish sometimes back and we really loved it. Q is always a difficult alphabet to crack... :)

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