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chana pulav

Chana Pulav

Revathi Palani
Chana Pulav is an easy to make and extremely healthy Indian rice dish, perfect for your kid's lunch box. Spiced Chickpeas pressure cooked along with rice.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • ½ Cup Chickpea | Chana
  • ¾ Cup Basmati rice
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee
  • ¼ tsp Mustard
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Cardamom
  • ½ tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 medium Onion (thin sliced)
  • 2 Green chilli (Slit)
  • ½ tsp Salt (Adjust as needed)
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • a large pinch Asafoetida
  • ¼ tsp Roasted fenugreek powder
  • ½ tsp Garam masala powder
  • ½ Cup Curd | Yogurt
  • ¼ tsp Jeera powder (Optional)
  • tsp Red chilli powder
  • tsp Chole masala powder (Optional)
  • tsp Coriander powder
  • Coriander leaves - For garnishing
  • Mint leaves - For garnishing


  • First wash and soak the chana over night. Then pressure cook them until tender with sufficient water, a pinch of asafoetida and salt. Keep it aside.
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  • Wash and soak the basmati rice for atleast 15 minutes.
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  • Now heat a cooker pan with ghee, add the mustard and once it splutters, add the bay leaf, cardamom and fennel seeds. Once the fennel seeds turn golden brown, add the onion, green chilli, salt and saute until the onion turns translucent.
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  • Turn the flame to low-medium, add the ginger-garlic paste give a quick stir. Then add in turmeric, asafoetida, garam masala, roasted fenugreek powder and stir well until the raw smell is gone. Take care to not burn the bottom, it would taste bitter.
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  • Now add the cooked chana without water. Reserve the water used to cook chana for later. Give a stir and let the chana get cooked in the masala for a few minutes.
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  • Meanwhile take the curd in a bowl, add in jeera powder, red chilli powder, chole masala powder, coriander powder and mix well. Add this curd mixture to the chana masala and saute until the mixture turns slightly dry.
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  • Now add the soaked rice. Add plain water and also the water you reserved from the cooked chana. Together they should measure ¾ Cup. Give a gentle stir and pressure cook for 1 whistle or 10 minutes in medium flame.
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  • Turn off the flame and Wait until the pressure subsides. Open the lid and garnish with chopped coriander and mint leaves. Give a gentle mix without mashing the rice strands.
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  • Enjoy hot and enjoy with any raitha, chips or veggie side.
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Notes | FAQ

- You can also use fenugreek seeds instead of powder. In that case add it along with fennel seeds while tempering. But take care not to brown the seeds too much.
- Rice to water ratio should be 1:1
- Adjust the cooking time as per your pressure cooker and stove settings.
- You can even use normal heavy bottom pan and cook covered instead of using a pressure cooker. But it will take extra time. Adjust the water quantity accordingly.