Channa Pulao

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.


Chick peas(channa) 1cup
Basmathi rice11/2cups
Onion 1no.(medium size)
Tomato2nos.(medium size)
Garlic4-5 pods
Ginger 1 inch piece
Green chilly 2-3nos.
Red chilly powder1/2tsp
Coriander powder1tsp
Garam masala powder1/2tsp
Turmeric powder powder1/2tsp
Mint leaves1/4cup
Coriander leavesto garnish
Salt to taste

To Season

Onion(chopped) 2tbs
Ginger&garlic paste 1/2tsp
Cinnamon1 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.


lovely and healthy rice, looks great..first time here, u have a lovely space, glad to follow drop at my space..

Ohh.. sounds very special and healthy.. we make this at home and we just love it..

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Hi Nalini,thanks for dropping by my blog...This pulao looks really simple and tasty :)

Do you have any turd-rice recipies? I love them.

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