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December 17, 2009

Channa Pulao

Give a twist to your usual pulao/biriyani by adding chick peas or red kidney beans. Legumes are not only rich in protein, but also high in fiber. Channa pulao is mild, aromatic and full of flavor!

Chick peas(Garbanzo beans)-1 cup
Oil-3 tbsp
Cinnamon-2 inch stick
Shahi Jeera-1 tsp
Onion sliced-1 cup
Tomato chopped-1
Red chilli powder-1/4 tsp
Basmati Rice-1 cup

To grind into a paste with a few drops of water:
Ginger-small piece
Garlic-3-4 pods
Green chilli-1
Coriander leaves-a handful
Coconut-2 tbsp

Soak Chick Peas for at least 6 hrs. Pressure cook till it turns soft(about 6-8 whistles). Set aside.
Rinse Basmati Rice. Soak in water for 15 minutes, strain and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Add cloves, cinnamon and jeera one by one. Add the ground paste and fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add onion and salt.When onion turns soft, add tomato, red chilli powder and some more salt.
Add basmati rice. Fry for a minute along with the veggies.
Now transfer this mixture to rice cooker. Add approximately 13/4 cup of water and cook till the rice is done.
Add cooked chick peas to the rice and toss gently without mashing it.
Serve hot with raitha or chips.


  1. Nice pic..i feel like its right infront of me ;)..looks absolutely delicious..

  2. I love channa pulav .. me too have posted it. Looks yumm

  3. looks delicious and nutritious..

  4. nice idea to add chana to your pulao, especially when you get tired of making the same old pulao!

  5. Delicious protein rich pulao!

  6. I have had this chana pulav during our virunthu at one of my relatives house, from then I was waiting to try it and u r here with it, sure ra try pana poren ckirame :)

  7. I have tried a version from Mallika badhrinath's book,but dint liked..yours sounds good,bet it will taste great,will try soon!

  8. Pulao looks rich and grinding ingredients are quite different from urs..

  9. Beautiful and so so delicous.
    For me with pickles and i will be a happy woman ;-)

  10. I too make Chana pulav.. but slightly different than your version..

    I will try your version next time.. looks appetizing!

  11. Deliicous twist to the usual pulao :-)

  12. Lovely, using my favorite legume!

  13. i love adding channa in pulao too. looks very yummy. nice click

  14. Nice pictures & delicious pulav.

  15. lovely pulao..even I do pulao wid chana..

  16. delicious pulao..please do collect ur gift from this

  17. Mahimaa.. hope u are doing fine..
    Happy Holidays & Happy New year to you and your loved ones.

  18. By adding channa, one never has to worry about making another side dish to go with pulao... this by itself will make a wholesome meal

  19. Tasty & Healthy...


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