Channa Pulao /Chickpeas Pulao - Easy One Pot Channa Pulao

After sharing couple of gravies using legumes,today I am sharing an one pot meal with channa/chickpeas.

My kids love pulaos and biriyanis,so often I make.I have already shared a spicy version of channa pualo,but this one with few whole spices and coconut milk.

This is one of the quickest and tastiest option for a healthy lunch box.Addition of coconut milk and the ground mint make this pulao more fragrant.Serve this with a curry or onion raitha for a wholesome meal.

                                                     Channa/Chickpeas Pulao

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
   Serves ~ 3(generously)


Basmathi rice
1.25 cups
Soaked chickpeas/channa/kondakadalai
1.25 cups
Onion(thinly sliced)
2 medium size
Tomato(finely chopped)
1 medium size
Coconut milk/thengai paal
1/2 cup
Garm masala powder
1/2 tsp
Lemon juice
2 tsp
1.5 tsp
1 tbs
2 tsp
2.25 cups
  Grind to a fine paste

4-5 cloves
1 inch piece
Mint leaves/pudina
12-15 leaves
Green chilly/pachamilagai

  For the tempering

2 inch piece
Bay leaf
Star anise
Black cardamom
Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1/2 tsp

  • Soak the basmathi rice in water,grind the given ingredients given' to grind' to a fine paste and keep it aside. 
  • Heat oil and ghee in a pressure pan.Do the tempering with the given ingredient.Saute the sliced onion till golden.Add in the ground paste and fry it till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes and cook it until mushy.Now add in the soaked chickpeas,coconut milk and water.Sprinkle the garam masala powder.Allow it to boil,add in the soaked rice.
  • Now goes in the lemon juice,chopped coriander leaves.Close it with the lid and pressure cook it for 2 whistles in a medium flame.Put off the flame and remove it once the pressure subsides.Mix it with a fork  gently.
  • Serve it with raita



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OH my those pictures are making me want to grab them right away Nalini, so sinful and so well composed!..I love all chana rices and this one sounds so inviting too..

Coconut milk adds an amazing richness to pulaos and I just love it. That is an amazing capture of the pulao as well as the bowl of chickpeas.

Beautifully captured ! The rice looks fantastic and what a wholesome meal . This is an interesting recipe with coconut milk , sounds simple yet delicious .

Your pictures are simply out if this world. Making me drool. Coconut milk would have added so much richness to the dish. Fabulous!

yummy pulav... perfectly made

I love Chana in any form and this pulao looks so sinful. Love the separate grains in the pulao.

Love this mild version and I see how healthy it is.... I have never added 1:1 of rice to channa. That's great. Will try this one for sure.

Amazing love it n bookmarking it.

Awesome clicks Nalini. I wish I could grab a bowl. Adding coconut milk must make it more richer and tastier.

Such a nutritious one pot meal, and love the addition of coconut milk. Am sure this pulao will be definitely super tasty and rich in flavor.

Your pics always speaks a lot to me. Beautiful captures. Such a healthy and flavorful pulao..

My eyes are just glued to the pictures. Love how each grain is separate!

I can see each grain of rice, so beautiful. My favorite pulao with loads of chana.

lovely pic of chickpeas there.. and the pulav looks great esp with the addition of coconut milk...

one of my favourite and handy recipes. Beautiful clicks...

Love the recipe plus clicks both are amazing. Addition of coconut milk in rice pulao with chickpeas is new for me.

I too have posted a chana pulao recipe in this mega marathon. Your chana pulao looks very inviting.

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