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May 24, 2012

Chickpeas Coconut Milk Biryani / Channa Biryani with coconut milk

For Day 2 of Blogging Marathon under the theme "Pick one Cook All" with chickpeas/channa as my star ingredient, we are going to see a Main course entree, yummy Chickpeas Biryani with coocnut milk. Its been so long time i made biryani using coconut milk. Due to calorie conscious i completely stopped using coconut milk in my cooking. For a change, i tried this chicpeas coconut milk biryani. I marinated the chicpeas with yogurt n other spices like chicken/meat and cooked in non-veg biryani style. Biryani turned out so delicious, still the taste n flavor lingering in my mind. Now to the recipe...

  1. Basmati Rice   2 cups
  2. Coconut milk   2 cups
  3. Onion   2 large(sliced)
  4. Tomato 2 meidum(chopped)
  5. Green chilli   4-5 no.s(slitted)
  6. Mint leaves    1/4 cup(finely chopped)
  7. Ginger Garlic paste    2 tbsp
  8. Red chilli powder    1-2 tsp
  9. Corinader powder    1tsp
  10. Turmeric powder    1/4 tsp
  11. Salt   to taste
  12. Cilantro     few finely chopped
To Temper
  1. Oil    3-4 tbsp
  2. Shahi Jeera/Black cumin seeds    1/4 tsp
  3. Fennel seeds    1/4 tsp
  4. Cinnamon   2" stick
  5. Clove   4-5 no.s
  6. Cardamom   4no.s
  7. Marathi mokku   2 no.s
  8. Bay leaf     1 big or 2-3 small
To Marinate
  1. Chickpeas    1 cup
  2. Yogurt   1tbsp
  3. Ginger garlic paste    1 tsp
  4. Chilli powder    1/2 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder    a pinch
  6. Salt    pinch

  • Wash n soak chickpeas overnight, then cook but not mushy, drain n keep ready.
  • Take cooked chickpeas in a small bow, add all the marinating ingredients and mix well and keep covered.
  • Wash n soak basmati rice for atleast 30 minutes.Chop onions n tomatoes n keep other things ready.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the tempering ingredients one by one allow to splutter, then add sliced onions n green chilli and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Then add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell leaves and add chopped mint leaves n tomatoes and saute till tomatoes turns soft n mushy.
  • After that add marinated chickpeas, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add soaked n drained basmati rice and stir fry for 1 minutes.
  • Now add coconut milk, 1 cup water n enough salt n few finely chopped cilantro leaves...stir well and pressure cook for 1 whistle  or cook without pressure until rice done.
  • That's it...Tasty Chickpeas Cononut milk biryani ready. Serve Hot with any Raita.
I used freshly prepared coconut milk.
For real flavor n taste, always add equal amount of  coconut milk n, if u use 1.5 cup rice add 1.5 cup coconut milk+water.
Instead chickpeas you can also use chicken/mutton/mixed vegs/soya chunks.
If using panneer biryani, fry the marinated paneer in tawa n add it to the biryani after rice gets cooked...combine n enjoy as Paneer Biryani with coconut milk.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 16.


  1. nice presentation and awesome recipe...

  2. So delicious, colorful and tempting biriyani. Pics are lovely.


  3. Super flavourful briyani, definitely protein packed one pot meal..simply loved that marination part,quite interesting.

  4. wow very new and nice combo of coocnut milk and chicke peas...need to try this!

  5. Super delicious and flavorful pulao,looks so tempting....

  6. healthy and yummy!...flavorful one! i love it when chick peas r with rice1

  7. delicious super...i do in the same way

  8. super & such a colorful platter

  9. Yummy rice...Love the use of coconut milk..

  10. Wow... yummy rice... i am looking forward to seeing the other dishes of the BM week...

  11. Very delicious,adding coconut milk might have changed the texture of rice to soft..Delicious n healthy biriyani,Sangee:-)
    BTW,Thanx for the compliment dear,trying to improve photography skills now..glad that u noted:-)

  12. Channa biryani looks colourful and healthy too:)loved the presentation!!!

  13. Love the look of that biryani. looks so tempting and awesome. Nice pic Sangeetha. Thanks for following me. I am following you too :)

  14. One of my favorites, looks fantastic Sangee.

  15. Biriyani looks yummy Sangee.


  16. I love this pulao Sangeetha.looks very nice..

  17. Delicious looking biryani.. I love using coconut milk in rice dishes--gives it a nice mellow flavor.

  18. Loved the idea of marinating the chickpeas in spices...Delicious and flavorful biriyani

  19. Very tempting and flavorful one pot meal. my fav one too

  20. Chickpeas and Biryani are two of my husbands favorite I am sure this would be a winner recipe to please him.

  21. Sorry missed your chat Sangee....what an innovative way to use chickpeas in biryani. Love the presentation and love the color of your biryani. Superb Sangee ...amazing.

  22. I love adding coconut milk to biriyanis. This looks delish.

  23. I used freshly prepared coconut milk.// what?? home made coconut milk?! wow! you are so determined Sangee! I always buy coconut milk cream powder in the Indian store! ;)

    Pulao looks nice!

  24. Delicious, I like the idea of marinating the chickpeas, never done that before..

  25. wow really delicious looking biryani. never tried with coconut milk.

  26. i make this pretty often and is there on my space as well...isnt it mind blwoingly delicious (n guilt loaded :)) ...may I suggest you to try adding mango pickle or pickle masala in the marinate...takes the dish to another level

  27. Never tried this..looks grt. Will try next time..Thanks for sharing.. :)


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