Friday, 4 February 2011

Raw Green Chickpeas Biryani

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Hi.

Winter is the season of greens and with that you can also see the fresh green chickpeas abundantly available. As a child and even today I love opening it from it’s pod and eating them raw as well as roasting them too. I also enjoy eating the saag made with it’s leaves which I will try to post sometime.

As a child, I remember carrying a small bunch in my hand and then eating it sitting on a dari in the courtyard while I drenched myself in some sunlight.

 

Now a days the peeled fresh green chickpeas are available easily in the super marts, surely making our lives easier in the times of hurry. I had a pack of this with me which I wanted to use in an innovative and tasty way, so I thought of making a biryani. The end result I must say tasted really good and with a combination of mixed veg raita is an excellent one pot meal. I had skipped my breakfast so after I finished clicking the pics I savoured myself with a plate of biryani and a bowl of raita and simply relished my wholesome mealOpen-mouthed smile. The green chickpeas had imbibed all the flavours properly and the rice was rightly aromatic just giving the perfect kick to the taste buds.

Ingredients for Green Chickpeas Curry

2-3 bay leaves

200 gms fresh green chickpeas

3 onions finely chopped

2 tomatoes finely chopped

3-4 tbsp. yogurt

3 large garlic pods

an inch of ginger

1-1/2 tsp. red chilli pwd

2 tbsp. coriander pwd.

1/2 tsp. turmeric

salt to taste

1 tsp garam masala

mix of ghee and oil for cooking

For rice

2 cups long grain/ basmati rice

4 bay leaves

1, 2” cinnamon stick

4 green cardamom

2 black cardamom

1 javitri

salt to taste

1 tsp oil

1 tsp lemon juice

For garnish

fried onion strips

mint leaves

a pinch of saffron soaked in half cup milk

about 4-5 tsp ghee

Method

For making the Rice

The biryani rice is quite aromatic and the aroma comes by adding whole spices while cooking the rice.

Soak about 2 cups of basmati rice in water.

Boil about 7 cups of water, to this add oil, lemon juice, whole spices and then add the soaked rice into it and cook till almost done (the rice grains must have a bite). Cooking in excess water allows the grain to be separate, drain the rice and pour some cold water on it to stop it’s cooking.

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To Make The Green Chickpeas Curry

While making the curry for the biryani one must make it more  spicy than the normal as it has to provide flavour to the rice too.

Heat a mix of oil and ghee and add the bay leaves followed by ginger garlic paste and saute. Now add the chopped onions and saute them till light brown in colour, tip in the tomatoes now and cook till mushy. Add the spices and salt now followed by the garam masala. Lower the flame of the gas and the yogurt stirring continuously so that it does not curdle. At the end the curry should have a semi gravy consistency.

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Layering the Biryani

Spread a layer of rice followed by the curry, sprinkle some fried onions, about 2 tsp of saffron flavoured milk, few chopped mint leaves and a teaspoon of ghee. Repeat this layering process again with rice and curry till the top of the container. Seal the container and cook in a microwave at 100% power for 7-8 minutes and then let it rest for another 7 minutes before serving.

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Serve hot  garnished with fried onions and mint with a  bowl of mixed veg raita.

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47 comments:

savitha ramesh said...

colorfull treat for eyes pari..

sowmya's creative saga said...

am really craving for something yumm and spicy like this one..pl. send me some..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

with the fried onion rings as garnishing I don't need anything else to finish off this rice :-)

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Prathibha said...

The biryani looks awesome..just the way it has 2 be..never made wid fresh chickpeas though I make with the regular chana...looks really mouth watering..

Mina Joshi said...

The biryani looks delicious. I love your photos too!!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Biryani looks delicious!

Pari said...

Thanks for appreciating dearies.
sowmya, would love to send it to u dear.
Mina, I'm glad u liked the pics.
Prathy, the fresh legume gives a great flavour, do try it.

jeyashrisuresh said...

very gorgeous pictures pari.love the recipenice explanation as always

Reva said...

lovely dish..... looks so tasty...
Reva

harini-jaya said...

luv it!! great color!

divya said...

Looks fabulous & absolutely delicious!

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Oh what a lovely biryani , i have never had or heard the saag from the leaves of peas , infact i dont even know what they look like!
Delicious and hearty!

Pavithra said...

Wow stunning..looks absolutely delicious and seriously tempted to eat Biriyani now.

Paaka Shaale said...

A very different biryani pari. It looks fabulous :)

Priya (elaichii) said...

I am so hungry looking at your rice! superb!

Shanavi said...

Virtual treat.. Awesome presentation..literally drooling here

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Oh wat a healthy briyani looks stunning!

Pavani said...

Biryani looks super delicious.. So colorful and yummy..

Priya said...

Very inviting,delectable briyani, super delicious..

Swathi said...

Chickpea biriyani sounds delicious.

kitchen queen said...

lovely and healthy and nutritious biryani.

Madhavi said...

WOOO this biryani looks amazing!!!

Smitha said...

Lovely presentation,can't take my eyes off the Biryani !!

Dipika said...

Hi Pari..How r u doing..!!!

Like ur blog with amazing clicks and presentation....
The Biriyani looks delish....

There are 2 awards waiting for u in my blog dear...
pls collect it..u deserve it.. :)


- Dipika

Suja Sugathan said...

Biryani looks awesome,super delicious,nice clicks.

Preety said...

biryani looks delicious

Anshu said...

Wow!!!!Biryani looks awesome....

Khaugiri said...

Perfect Biryani Pari!!!

Pushpa said...

Biryani looks aromatic and super delicious Pari,about the garlic flavor in the tamarind dish its not strong since I added the whole cloves.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious combination rice looks good

aipi said...

Stunning colors n flavors Pari..loved the recipe !!

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Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

wow...yum n delicious...simply amazing..my fav green chana ..use to munch on whole day back in india..

rekhas kitchen said...

Very flavour full biriyani looks so inviting.long time since I didn't see Fresh green chick peas.

Priya Sreeram said...

looks like a rainbow platter- awesome clicks and am drooling here !

priya said...

Biriyani looks awesome, dear

Rekha shoban said...

colourful and perfectly done briyani!

Kairali sisters said...

Such an inviting biriyani, Pari..looks awesome and yummy...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks very nice,very new kind of briyani,lovely presentation!

Raina said...

Oh wow! This looks amazing. I have never seen raw chick peas. I bet they are wonderful. I am not sure I can get them here, but I will keep an eye out. I would love to try them:)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, that is such a mouth watering biriyani, love the color.

An Open Book said...

chickpea biryani? wow thts interesting

G.Pavani said...

yummy n healthy biryani..

Vimitha Anand said...

Colorful and delicious looking recipe...

Thanks for stopping by @ My culinary Trial room
Happy tp follow u...

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

happy V'day.. i just loved the color of squares.. perfect for a kids party.. :)

Anonymous said...

Biryani looks awesome and tempting. very colorful.

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

hey! stopped by after a long time--LOVED this recipe. I love the green chickpeas as well. Biryani is a wonderful way to use them!

Dhanish said...

Stunning Clicks dear, Love this delicious and colorful biryani recipe. Will sure give a try.

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