Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Channa Pulao Recipe | Chickpeas Pulao | Chole Pulav

Today I am going to post Channa Pulao Recipe (pilaf). It is a easy one pot meal made with Channa / Chickpeas / garbanzo beans. It is healthy and is vegan. I have cooked this Pulao using pressure cooker. Though it is very easy to make, it requires planning ahead, so that the chickpeas are soaked and are ready in time for cooking. It is perfect for packing lunch. 
Flavorful Pulao with Channa
Channa Pulao
What are the ingredients needed?

Channa/ Chickpeas, 1 cup
Basmati rice, 2 cups
Oil, 2-3 teaspoons
Fennel seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Bay leaf, 1 no.
Star Anise, 1 no.
Cloves, 3-4 nos.
Cinnamon - 1" long 
Onion, 1 no.
Green Chillies, 2 nos
Tomatoes, 2 nos.
Mint leaves, one handful
Ginger garlic paste, 2 teaspoons
Turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Chilli powder, 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder, 2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Lemon juice, from half lemon
Cilantro, handful 

Pulav with Chickpeas
Chickpeas Pulao
How to make Channa Pulao?
  1. Soak Channa overnight, preferably 6-8 hours. Drain and keep them aside ready for cooking.
  2. Then in a pressure cooker, heat oil add fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and star anise and fry for a minute or two. 
  3. Then add onions and green chillies and saute till the onions turn translucent. 
  4. Then add tomatoes, ginger garlic paste and mint leaves and saute till the tomatoes turn mushy. 
  5. Now add Turmeric, Chilli and coriander powder and cook for couple of minutes.
  6. To this add the soaked channa, rice and water (4 cups), cover and pressure cook till it is done.
  7. Wait till the pressure is released, open the lid, gently fluff the rice,squeeze lemon juice, mix well and garnish with Cilantro and serve it.

Chole Pulav
Channa Pulav
  • Instead of Kabuli Channa,  you can use black chickpeas too.
  • Adjust the chilli powder based on your taste. 
  • If you like to have more channa you can increase the channa quantity, for one cup of rice you can add 3/4 cup of channa.


  1. My favorite pulao :) love your version Divs, superb clicks, simple and elegant just like the one who clicked it ;)Adding mint does give amazing flavors

  2. Loved your clicks.. This recipe is in my draft for long..

  3. Yummy and colorful..Loved it Divya !

  4. looks really sumptious... lovely clicks...

  5. Our family favorite one, Looks super yum and nicely done

  6. Wonderful and healthy rice Divya, my husband loves this. I just make a little different. Yours is lovely. Very beautiful clicks as usual....

  7. love pulav divya ,u havent precooked the channa ,different version,sounds yummy.

  8. yummilicious attempt Divya...pulao looks really very appealing....

  9. Lovely nutritious and flavourful one pot meal, cant stop myself drooling here.

  10. simple yet beautiful presentation divya.. healthy one pot meal..

  11. fabulous presentation,yummy ...great clicks!!:)

  12. yummy looking pulao,so tempting and flavorful..nice presentation and clicks..

  13. Wow.. looks nice. I have made pulao with chana dal but not with chana.. will make it.

  14. everything in one- proteins and carbs with flavors. I must say this is truly a complete one pot meal.

  15. Healthy and delicious pulao divya....

  16. Delicious pulao.loved your version.lovely clicks!

  17. Tasty and healthy rice....

    Todays recipe: http://www.7aumsuvai.com/2013/04/vendhaya-kali.html

  18. my favorite way to use up leftover chana. so delicious.

  19. looks delicious and very healthy too..

  20. Awesome pulao and super awesome clicks.

  21. Looks delicious, I would love to have that bowl..

  22. delicious healthy pulao...nice clicks..


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