Hyderabadi Qubooli

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu

Let's learn how to make Qubooli
Hyderabadi Qubooli is a popular vegetarian dish in Hyderabad, which was originated from the Nawabi style of cooking biryanis mainly to cater to their vegetarian friends. It is a biryani made of chana dal flavoured in a yoghurt and onion curry, layered with basmati rice, cooked in the aroma of cardamom, cinnamon and caraway seeds. This dish is basically cooked on a dum style of cooking which keeps the aroma and flavour of the dish intact. It’s truly a scrumptious, rich, magnificent and heavenly Hyderabadi meal for vegetarians. Qubooli biryani looks simple but ones you endeavour the taste then you would realise the royalty and elegance of the dish. If you are an ardent biryani eater, then you’ll surely love the Hyderabadi Qubooli.

Ingredients :
1) Rice 4cups
2) Chane ki Daal 1cup
3) Onion fried 1/2cup
4) Dahi(curd) 200gms
5) Garam Masala pdr 1/2 tsp
6) Red chilli pdr 1tblsp
7) Haldi pdr 1tsp
8) Salt to taste
9) Coriander leaves
10) Mint leaves
11) Green chillies 3-4
12) Elaichi(cardamom) 4
13) Long(cloves) 4
14) Cinnamon 1stick
15) Shahzeera( white zeera) 1/2tsp
16) ginger and garlic paste 1tblsp
17) 2pinch of Saffron
18) lemon juice 1tblsp
19) Oil 4tblsp
10) One medium tomato(optional)

Boil the Chana daal with two cups of water till it gets tender (don't overcook it)
In a pan add Oil, Chana Daal, red chilli, haldi pdr, salt, curd, garam masala pdr, mint and coriander leaves, crushed fried Onions and tomato and let it cook for 5-6mins!!
Wash and soak rice in water for about 20-30 mins. Soak a few saffron strands in some water and set aside. Bring a big pot of water to boil, add salt, 4 cardamom pods, 1 cinnamon sticks and 2-3 cloves plus about 2 tbsp. of oil.
Drain the soaked rice and add it to this water when it is boiling. Cook until the rice is about 3/4 done, remove and strain out all the water.
Put half the rice back into the pan, drizzle about 2-3 tbsp. of oil and the saffron water. Now layer Chana daal mixture on rice and add remaining rice on top!
Sprinkle lemon juice, fried onions, few chopped mint leaves and very little saffron colour water!
Cover the pan with foil and lid!
Cook it on low steam for about 15-20 mins!!

Serve Hot!!


  1. i have tried qubooli so many times but shall try this version too :)

  2. Arey wah...
    How was yours?? have to see your recipe.
    Do try Monu you will love it!! :)

  3. Tried it today.. was delicious.. :)

  4. Tried it today.. was delicious.. :)

    1. What is Chane ki Daal and Haldi pdr in English?


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