Chickpea Pulao | Channa Rice Recipe | Lunch Box Recipe

Chickpeas is one of my favorite from the legume family. And it sure has a constant appearance in my kitchen. Although my hubby is not a big fan of them, I make sure I don't miss it and try to do variations so that he is accommodative. I make Chickpeas Sundal, kurma, biryani and also today's recipe Chickpeas Pulao.  The latter was a variation I tried few weeks back and my husband said this is the best Chickpeas recipe he had tried. Not just that this is such a simple recipe that if you have pre-boiled chickpeas then you can do it in a flash ;-)

Chickepeas/ Channa/ Kondakadalai Pulao is mild-low in spice and is a fragrant rice which will almost go with any veg stir fry, curry or simple like how I love it with little curd and pappad. Great as a lunch box recipe and a weekday meal. Since Chickpeas are loaded with protein and fiber you need not really add vegetables to get the fiber you need a day. This pulao can also be made for potluck parties for the veggies. So try this pulao for a healthy and filling meal.

Recipe Source ~ Own
Serves ~ 2 generously
Cook time ~ 25-30 mins


Chickpeas - 1 cup soaked overnight and boiled
Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Pudina - 1/4 bunch, washed, chopped
Onion - 1 large, sliced thin
Tomato - 1 large, chopped
Green chili- 3 slit
Whole spices - 1" cinnamon stick, 1/2 tsp cumin, 2 bayleaf, 4- cloves, 4-cardamom
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

  • Soak chickpeas over night and pressure cook them the next day with little salt and 1 cup water for 3 whistles, discard the loose skin and set aside.
  • Wash basmathi rice in cold running water 2 times and soak in cold water for 30 mins
  • In a wide pan heat oil, ghee and add the whole spices - bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, whole jeera, once nice aroma comes add the onions. Saute until transparent 
  • Now add the green chili and ginger garlic paste. Saute until raw smell goes away. Now add the tomato, turmeric powder and cook covered until they turn mushy.
  • Drain all the excess water in the rice and add the rice to the pan. Fry the rice with the masala prepared for 2 minutes until well combined. 
  • Add 2 cups water and bring it to a boil, cover with lid.
  • Later keep a skillet and once it is hot transfer the pan on to it. Cook in medium flame for 20-25 mins until rice is well cooked.
Serve hot/ pack as a lunch box meal

Cooks Wisdom

- Green chili is what brings heat to the rice, hence adjust as per your taste
- Pudina/ mint leaves  give lots of fragrance along with ghee so do not miss using them.
- You can try the same rice recipe by adding your favorite legume
- Make sure you use good quality basmati rice for great flavor
- This rice can be made as a vegeterain main with any curry to pair with
- You can add coconut milk in place of 1 cup water for more fragrant rice


  1. Me too a fan of chickpeas.. Awesome rice :)

  2. One of my favorites..lovely clicks

  3. Me too fan of chickpeas dear...I never tried pulao in chickpeas will try soon...Al clicks are awesome i love the 2nd click much dear :)

  4. looks delicious..
    nice clicks :)

  5. Nutritious and one of my favourite one pot meal,inviting sis.

  6. lovely click and delicious protein packed puloa :)

  7. Delicious and Flavorful Pulao. Very nutritious too.
    Nice clicks da..

  8. Nice clciks priya. A good wholesome recipe.

  9. Wow yummy yummy pulao. Love the only chickpea click.

  10. Healthy and yummy Pulao...

  11. i kept reading this a chicken pulao hehee

    u can try with left over rice too it wud taste yummy

  12. Delicious and tempting!

  13. Healthy pulao.. Nice clicks..

  14. i loved your photography with perfect lighting...recipe is sure this rice has more flavor as chickpea has a natural flavor in itself

  15. Yummy pulav dee loved the second click a update ur number

  16. Yummy and very inviting pulao Priya sis. Welcome back to India.

  17. Simple, meaty, protein packed filling meal and I just looove this pulao ..Nicely presented

  18. delicious flavorful pulao..

  19. delicious pulav.. lovely clicks

  20. Yummy and delicious pulav with nice clicks.

  21. Wow! So delicious!! :)

  22. Love Chickpeas, very delicious n flavorful pulao...inviting pics n presentation dear..

  23. so delicious briyani so temting to make them,lovely clicks

  24. chickpeas are my favorite too...following you.


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