Qaabooli Recipe

Qaabooli is like a Hyderabadi biryani where layers of dal and rice are set one after the other and then allowed to cook till done. Here is a mouth watering recipe of qaabooli.

Rice 1 kg
Bengal Gram Split (chana Dal) 250 gms
Salt to taste
Green Cardamoms 6 no
Cinnamon 2 inches stick
Cloves 8 nos

How to make qaabooli:

  • Wash and soak the rice for half hour. Then boil with salt and half the whole garam masala till almost done.
  • Wash and soak the chana dal for half an hour. Boil with salt, a little turmeric powder till just cooked (al dente).
  • Heat oil, add the remaining cinnamon, green cardamom, cloves and saute.
  • Add shahi jeera and when they crackle add ginger and garlic pastes and saute.
  • Add chopped green chillies and a little browned onions.
  • Add the cooked dal, garam masala powder, finely chopped coriander leaves and stir to mix well.
  • Add turmeric powder, stir and take it off heat. Add yogurt and mix well.
  • Transfer half of the dal mixture into another pan.
  • Spread half the rice over the dal mix, spread browned onions, garam masala powder, chopped mint leaves, lemon juice, saffron dissolved in water or milk.
  • Spread the remaining dal over this followed by rice, browned onions, garam masala powder, chopped mint leaves, lemon juice and saffron.
  • Cover with a tight fitting lid. After 2-3 minutes lower the heat and let it cook till done.