Whenever we think of rice, the two dishes we can instantly think of making are either pulao or biryani. While biryani usually requires one to put in a bit more effort and time, pulao emerges as a better choice for the days when we’re running late and don’t have enough time to spare on cooking. Pulao is undoubtedly the best comfort food for vegetarians that takes very less effort to cook and brings out the best flavours of the veggies, legumes and rice leaving one satisfied to no end. It would surprise you that pulaos are of many kinds and if you’re bored of eating the same matar pulao then it’s time you revamp your 'pulao game' with chana pulao that is equally delicious and hassle-free to prepare. So, without a further ado, let’s get into knowing the recipe. 

Ingredients- ( serving for two) 

  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 200g chickpeas
  • ½ tablespoon red chili powder
  • Half onion 
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tablespoon turmeric powder
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 ½ tablespoon oil
  • 2-3 cloves 
  • 2 cardamom powder
  • 2-3 finely chopped green chillies

Method for preparation-

  • First take basmati rice and soak it in water for at least 30 minutes. Also make sure to soak the chana dal overnight in water. 
  • Now heat a pan with oil and add ginger garlic paste. Start adding all the other ingredients such as chopped onion  cloves, slit green chillies, cumin seeds, cardamom powder, red chilli and turmeric powder. Saute the masala for a while.
  • Stir and mix well. Then pour chickpeas into the heated pan with masalas and add some water as per consistency. Cover the pan with lid and let it cook.
  • After the chickpeas have cooked, add fresh basmati rice into the pan . Again cover the pan with a lid and cook all the ingredients together for at least 15-20 minutes.
  • Your chana pulao is ready! Garnish with some finely chopped coriander leaves. 

Complete your meal by pairing up chana pulao with raita, achaar and papad. Enjoy eating!