Today I made Channa pulao for my hubby's lunch box.It is a one pot meal with a blend of basmathi rice and chick peas with other spices.It is a healthy,flavorful rice,which is easy to make.
|Ginger||1 inch piece|
|Red chilly powder||1/2tsp|
|Garam masala powder||1/2tsp|
|Turmeric powder powder||1/2tsp|
|Coriander leaves||to garnish|
|Cinnamon||1 inch piece|
Soak the channa overnight and pressure cook for 2 whistles(no need to cook softly again its going to cook with rice).Soak the basmathi rice in water for 15-20 mins.Cut the onoin and tomatoes into big chunks.Heat a pan with oil and saute onion,ginger,garlic and green chillies till it becomes soft.Add the tomatoes and mint,cook it.Add the spice powders,coconut and salt and fry it for a minute and grind it to a smooth paste.
Heat oil in a pressure pan season it with the ingredients given"to season" and saute.Add the ground paste,give it a stir then cooked channa,21/4 cups of water and let it boil.
Add the rice soaked rice and cover it with the lid.Cook it for 1 whistle in a medium flame and keep it in the low flame for 5 minutes.Switch off the stove.Open it after the pressure subsides and garnish it with coriander leaves.
Channa pulao is ready.
Enjoy it with raitha and chips.
- It can be made in electric rice cooker instead of pressure cooker.
- Soaking the rice in water is a must to get a perfect texture for the cooked rice.
- Cashews can be used to get extra rich taste.
- Lemon juice can be added in the end for extra tanginess
- The amount of water depends on the quality of the rice.