Hyderabadi Authentic Qubooli is mildly spicy, aromatic and flavorsome one pot meal recipe. Qubooli is purely a vegetarian main meal recipe made with fragrant basmati recipe, protein-rich chana dal and aromatic Indian Spices.
What is Qubooli?
Qubooli or Qabooli or Qubuli is a simple and filling Hyderabad chana dal biryani recipe. No vegetable other than onion and few herbs like coriander leaves and mint leaves (optional) are used in making this recipe. The rice and chana dal masala are layered and cooked on dum to get that authentic biryani taste in the recipe. Sounds delicious right? Check the recipe and try it today!
In many houses qubooli or kubuli is made on Muharram Day. This is one of the easy Iftar dinner recipe too. The best part is you can have the leftover in suhoor too.
5 Easy Iftar Dinner Ideas
Poor Man’s Biryani – Qubooli
Hyderabadi qubooli recipe is also called as Poor Man’s Biryani because,
it is made without any vegetables.
the spices used in the recipe are very minimal.
Chana dal brings the taste of meat in the recipe.
Can easily be made with normal rice like sona masoori too.
Tips to make Perfect Hyderabadi Qubooli Recipe
Soaking chana dal for 30-60 minutes before cooking, will reduce the cooking time of dal.
Simultaneously soak rice in another bowl and it helps in cooking rice faster.
If you have time, then do not pressure cook chana dal. Boil it in a vessel with enough water until just cooked.
If you are in hurry, then pressure cook chana dal for only one whistle, otherwise the dal will turn mushy and you will end up with soupy chana dal.
Food, Memories and Stories
Sometimes, when I start to write a post, I feel I boarded a time travel machine and which has transported me back in time. I start to remember, when I first tasted it, my first attempt to try the recipe or the time when I first saw it or even heard about the recipe. Every heirloom or authentic or traditional recipe will carry a story with them. Agree or not?
Sometimes that story or memory will be playing in your mind in repeat loop when you make it, click a picture of it or when you sit to write a post about it. This Qubooli biryani recipe is also associated with some fond memories. The memories of my granny’s house, family gatherings, warm winter dinners, etc. I learnt to make this qubooli recipe from my mami (wife of my maternal uncle). Allhumdulliah, my mami is a wonderful cook. During my holidays, I use to stand in the kitchen and chit chat with her, all the time, while she was cooking. I think I picked up my love for cooking from there on. Recipes like qubooli, karele ka khatta, shami kebab, qubani ka meetha, custard, etc; are some delicacies which I learnt to make from my mami.
Hyderabadi Qubooli Recipe is,
Easy to make
One Pot Meal
Main Ingredients to make Qubooli Rice are,
Rice: You can either use basmati or normal sona masoori rice to make this qubooli recipe. Basmati will bring flavor, but if you do not have basmati at home, then you can easily make this with normal sona masoori rice.
Chana Dal: Split lentils or baby chickpeas are used in making this recipe. Chana dal contains no cholesterol or trans-fat. Diabetic friendly and good source of vegetarian protein.
Garam Masala: Cloves, Cinnamon and Cardamom are the only spices used in making this qubooli recipe.
Curd: Thick and fresh curd is used in making this recipe. I prefer fresh homemade curd. I have a detailed recipe on how to make thick curd at home. Do check it out.
Ghee: Desi ghee is used in making this recipe. If you do not want to use ghee, then use oil. I use half ghee and half oil in making this qubooli biryani.
Birista: Thin, crisp, deep-fried and nice golden brown sliced onion is called birista. The heart of any biryani is birita and spices. Perfectly fried onions will bring great taste in any recipe, when added.
Hyderabadi Authentic Qubooli is mildly spicy, aromatic and flavorsome one pot meal recipe. Qubooli is a pure vegetarian recipe made with fragrant basmati recipe, protein-rich chana dal and aromatic Indian Spices.
- 2 cups Basmati rice, washed and soaked for 15 minutes
- ¾ cup Chana dal, washed and soaked for 2-3 hours
- 1 Onion, peeled and sliced
- 1 ½ tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
- ½ tbsp Garam Masala *
- 2 tbsp Curd, beaten (to avoid lumps)
- 1 tbsp Red chilli powder
- ¼ tbsp Turmeric powder
- 1 Green chilli, deseeded
- 2 Cardamoms
- 2 Cloves
- 1 no. 2” inch Cinnamon stick
- 1 Bay leaf
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice
- 4-5 springs fresh Coriander leaves
- 10-12 fresh Mint leaves
How to make The Best Hyderabadi Qubooli Recipe
STEP 1: Making Birista
Check out my detailed recipe on making perfect birista or fried onions.
STEP 2: Cooking Chana Dal
- Cook chana dal till soft but not mushy by adding fresh water along with a drop of oil.
- Once dal gets cooked and cooled, drain the excess water using a sieve and set aside.
- In a skillet, add ghee and oil and fry onions until they turn translucent. Now add ginger-garlic paste along with green chillies and fry till raw smell of ginger-garlic paste wafts.
- Now to this add red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt. Fry for a minute, lower the flame and add whisked curd.
- Keep stirring until oil starts to separate. Now add cooked chana dal and gently mix the ingredients.
- Add half of birista, chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves and turn off the flame.
- Our chana dal masala is ready for layering. Cover with lid and set aside.
STEP 3: Cooking Rice
- Add 7-8 cups of water to a heavy bottom cooking vessel and bring it to boil by adding little salt, ginger-garlic paste and garam masala.
- When water starts to boil add soaked basmati rice and give it a quick and gently stir.
- Cook on medium flame. When the rice turns soft, turn off the flame and drain the drain the excess water using sieve.
STEP 4: Layering the Rice and Chana Dal
- In the same vessel (in which we cooked rice) add 2 tbsp. of oil or ghee (I use the ghee in which I fried onions). Tilt the vessel to coat the bottom of the vessel with ghee.
- Now add half of the cooked rice and top it up with cooked chana dal masala, coriander leaves, mint leaves, lemon juice and garam masala. Cover this with another layer of remaining rice.
- Sprinkle lemon juice, saffron milk (food color) and 4-5 tbsp. of ghee. If using add chopped coriander and mint leaves too.
- Cover with a lid and seal with a foil or kitchen tissue.
- Place some heavy weight on top of the lid. I generally use the water drained from rice or I place heavy mortar and pestle on top of lid to seal the dum.
- Cook on low flame for another 30 minutes. Turn off the flame and let it sit on stove for 10-15 minutes before serving.
STEP 5: Mixing and Serving
- Carefully remove the lid and gently mix the rice starting from the side of the vessel. Do not mix the rice from centre of the vessel.
- Remove in a serving vessel and serve warm with raita or kaddu ka dalcha.
- Add your 'love' to make this qubooli dish taste 'YUMMY'.
Lubna's Serving Suggestions:
As Qubooli is one pot meal, you may not require any other side dish to with it. But if you are making it for a party or weekend lunch or dinner, then here are some delicious side dish recipes which pair up perfectly with this zaiqedaar Hyderabadi Qubooli recipe,
Hyderabadi Bagare Baingan
Mirchi ka Salan
Kaddu ka Dalcha
Here is a quick weekend veg thali idea,
Qubooli + Shahi Mixed Vegetable Curry + Onion Raita + Burhani
Iftar Party Menu Idea
Qubooli + Mutton Dalcha + Mirchi ka Salan + Shahi Murgh Korma + Riata + Zaffrani Gulab Jamun + Custard
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 564mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g
UPDATED: This Qubooli is going to participate in MLLA – 18 hosted by Srivalli of Cooking 4 all seasons, event by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook.
This is new to me.Looks wonderful.
As always excellent snaps 🙂
RAKS KITCHEN says
Never heard before,very nice photography Lubna!
on seeing the name i thought it was some complicated recipe,but when i scrolled down it sounds easy and nice too."Poor man's biryani":P
thanks for sharing
Akal's Saappadu says
I've never known about this poor man's briyani;
even though it doesn't have meat/ vegetables, the meal is nicely balanced with the protein content in the channa dhal & with rice and the raitas and the chutney , it makes a whole delicious meal!!! nice post!!
Such a delectable poor man's briyani, will try out soon..As usual gorgeous clicks..
Its a new recipe to me….Delicious and different dish. Nice clicks and presentation dear….
Astra Libris says
So true, your words about food and memories – the stories behind the recipes are what make the recipes extra special, indeed! You describe the connection between food and memories so beautifully… and I love the story behind this gorgeous dish, too!
Sushma Mallya says
nice recipe lubna,will do this one…and beautiful clicks as always,i like the way u present it..
yummy nd new 4 me…;-)
Curry Leaf says
Have heard about this,but never knew it was poor mans' biryani.The recipe is new to me.Looks inviting and a must try.
lata raja says
A lovely post of a very delectable dish. Thanks Lubna for sharing, bookmarked the recipe.
Kitchen Flavours says
Thank you Jeyashri, Varunavi, Raks, Akal, Tina, Priya, Astra, Sushma, Priyanaka, Curry Leaf and Lata.
Rekha shoban says
wow..nice presentation, click and look delicious
I had heard the name of the recipe, but never knew it's called poor….loved the preparartion.
Qubooli-A cool name it is! It looks delicious and appetizing! BTW, did you do the glass painting on that glass bowl?
No, I'm not in FB.
Happy cook says
Just looking to the whole picture i am drooling.
Lovely recipe…very new to me. Nice clicks and great presentation.
I've never come across this recipe before- looks delicious, I'll be sure to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing!
Sharmilee! :) says
absolutely new to me, simple n filling dish! great clicks as usual
hey thanks for stopping by and for the wonderful comments..loved this version of biryani..beautiful pics too
Sarah Naveen says
That looks so yummy..A must try recipe.
WOnderful pucs too…
nice dish .. I shall try this
nice and interesting name for the channa dal biriyani… looks delicious!
Malar Gandhi says
Never heard, sounds so nice and comforting. And I agree with associated memories, same here:) Lovely presentation, dear. Like to try this recipe soon.
Shama Nagarajan says
different recipe…looks delicious
Natashya KitchenPuppies says
Lovely, and such gorgeous photos!
Thanks a lot for visiting my blog…
First time in ur blog..U r blog is absolutely fabulous…Superb clicks.I have become a fan of urs…:)HATS OFF TO U 🙂
Balakrishna Saraswathy says
Wow what a delicious post with fabulous decoration…
Sailaja Damodaran says
you are making me hungry………..yummy
first time on your blog and am in love with it. gorgeous photographs…as about the recipe never heard of it…but its an one dish meal…and these days (i have a 9 month old to take care of) I adore them. lovely
This one is new to me. And, as always, lovely pictures. FB? face book or food buzz?
i am going to try this, as anything with dal is good in my household, it looks yummy with spices, nice clicks too
My mom would be so proud of me if I made this successfully. Now that I'm an official follower of your blog, I think I'd like to try ALL your recipes … they're too irresistible!
Haha poor man biryani? Well we are poor too… It looks like dhal biryani!
kitchen queen says
lovely name and a lovely new recipe worth trying.
Siddhi Shirsat says
hey lubna…nice biryani…this type is new to me with chanadal
A well written post and a new recipe.love your blog
Lovely Pics and wonderful recipe. Thanks for dropping by at my blog.
I love any biryani – rich man's, poor man's, rich woman's, poor woman's….LOL! I learn a new word "qubooli" today.
Have heard the name a few times but never actually tasted it… very nice and healthy!
Rightly said…a very affordable biryani indeed 😀
Beautiful pic and writeup…New recipe for me!
poor man briyani looks and sounds yummy.
Will def give it a shot, one of these days.
I loved this new version of biryani. Looks very nice and yummy.
This is a very new recipe for me Lubna….must be very aromatic….I have bookmarked this one…thanks :)…I like the presentation too 🙂
Katy ~ says
What beautiful photographs! And as I so enjoy rice, this sounds super super good to me! When you say curd, is it yogurt or a kind of cheese?
Simply Life says
Wow, what GORGEOUS pictures! All the food looks just amazing!
as usual beautiful pics Lubna..and u r so ite about memories relating to food..esp with granmas..the list is long..I love the recipe..and i will b glad to try it out cos its a pure veg dish
Never heard this name Lubna. But the rice looks absolutely delicious.
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
It looks really appetizing and flavorful! Yummy!
Beautiful presentations, Lubna! This is new to me and am definitely trying it for my family. It seems quite rich in taste even though it is the poor man's biryani:). I guess I would rather be poor for this one!
Priya Narasimhan says
nice easy recipe lubna..must try it.photos are awesome as usual..
Kitchen Flavours says
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Wow! this is something new to me… will give it a try!
poor man's biryani.. isin't there an Egyptian rice like this? The recipes with memories are the best!
A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine says
Very nice dish. Your photos are awesome, wish i could take such beautiful photographs some day.
This recipe is new to me but I love all the flavors so I know I'd really enjoy it! It's such a beautiful dish!
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such a gorgeous click dear…Looks yummy and sounds smple…
Suma Rajesh says
wooo superb click..
Heard so much about it, that I think its time to try!
Nithya Praveen says
I agree…story behind recipes makes it all the more great.Nice post Lubna.Hope u r doing fine…its been a while:).
Deepa G Joshi says
its looks so good..love the snaps..it makes it more tempting 🙂
Eye candy…great clicks..Great "poor man's biryani"..:D
Poor Man's biriyani looks awesome.. will try it out soon..
MMMMMMMMMM,…all of your fine food looks always inspiring, I am learning new things & this recipe looks so good!
Thanks a lot!!!
This is new..looks so delicious!
Deepa G Joshi says
nice version of biryani..love the snaps..
Can I have some?
New to me….. lovely presentation as always:)
As always great clicks and this dish looks very tasty.I am pretty sure I will give it a try:)
I like to use the same spices, it looks delicious, nice presentation.
Looks so so good!simple but beautiful.Wonderful photography.
This is something very new to me and i must say it sounds extremely flavorful, as usual gorgeous pictures!!
Lubna, I tried tis at home yesterday and i came out really well.Thanks for sharing this recipe.But I mad a small mistake- I dint really notice that the masalas are to be ground, instead I used them whole.
This sounds so delicious.Will try it soon..
Veggie Belly says
So true, food is always associated with wonderful memories. Love the red background and its texture.
Chow and Chatter says
oh wow looks delish and amazing pictures what a great blog you have will follow lol Rebecca
Wow…the qubooli looks damn tasty! Bookmarked to try it.
Divya Vikram says
How have you been Lubna? Long since I dropped by your space. Amazing recipe and pictures.
Kitchen Flavours says
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Indonesian-Eats – Anytime dear….
Shubha – Iam glad that u liked the recipe…..
WOW rice looks mouth-drooling, want to eat right now, yummmmmmmmmmmm:)))
Malar Gandhi says
I aware that you're a Great cook and I adore your blog.
Just for a change…I am hosting a funny Event in my site about Kitchen Mishaps!
Please check it out:
Would you like to participate?
I will greatly appreciate your contribution.
Also I want to know, what should I do…to put this 'Event Announcement' in your blog 'Events n Round up'. Please let me know the details.
Malar Gandhi says
Thanks a lot dear for adding the event' to 'events round up' page.:)
Mythreyi Dilip says
Looks real yum, i loved the way u called "as poor mans biryani". Book marking da.
3 hungry tummies says
wow this looks very delicious!!
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wonderful recipe….lovely picture
Kitchen Flavours says
Thank you Madhavi. Mythreyi, 3 hungry tummies, AshKuku and Divya.M.
Malar – Thank u for the compliments dear….will try to send you something pretty soon….
Varunavi – Things are fine….just little busy with some other work.
Mmm i too make this kind of rice but i use toor dhal instead.. dhal biriyani as u said.. looks perfet. nice photos.
Kitchen Flavours says
Thank you MamaFami and Pavithra.
Thank you for the entry!
Kitchen Flavours says
My pleasure Valli.
New to me sounds delicious. Will try this out soon.
Never heard of this recipe ever before… Looks super delicious.
You have a very homely style of food presentation..:)
Thanks for linking it to the event dear..:)
renu's foodigest says
these days i am attracted to everything that has chickpeas in it.. have never had this before and so gonna try soon… love ur clicks
Monu Teena says
Thanks for sharing i have tried your recipe Qubooli with some talaaji