We are on the fourth day of Party food and today its gonna be a main course dish. I have had this dish way back in 2008 I am not sure. Srivalli had got it for the first ever food bloggers meet. It was a wonderful wonderful meet I should say when I got to meet few fellow bloggers and got to know the faces behind the blogs. That was the start , from then on my friends on the blogging side has always been growing and I simply love it.
I have tried to recreate Valli s Channa Pulao at home several times, but hers is always the best. This is my version of the dish. I loved the dish, so did my family and colleagues
Chole - 2 cups soaked overnight
Basmati rice - 3 cups
Red chili powder - 2 tbsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
Fresh Coriander Leaves - 1 cup
Mint Leaves - 1 cup
Sliced Onion - 1 1 /2 cup
Sliced Tomato - 1 cup
Spices - cloves, bay leaf, cardamom and cinnamon
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Butter - as required
Soak the Channa overnight
Rinse it well and set aside
Clean and soak basmati rice in 4.5 cups of water
In a pressure pan / cooker, heat a little butter
Add the spices to it and saute for 15 secs
To this add the sliced onions followed by Coriander and Mint leaves.
Saute this well.
(I love the aroma at this stage, its heavenly)
Add tomato, ginger garlic paste, red chili powder, coriander powder and salt at this stage
Saute for 2 minutes
Add the soaked Channa and Basmati rice along with the water in which it was soaked
Adjust salt and close the pressure pan / cooker
Cook for two whistles in high flame and then one whistle in low flame
Steaming Channa Briyani is ready for you
Hungry ? Come over and grab a plate.