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chickpea rice recipe - an aromatic pulao made with white chickpeas (garbanzo beans or kabuli chana)

3.43 from 14 votes
total time:
50minutes

chana pulao recipe with step by step photos – one pot spiced fragrant pulao recipe made with cooked chickpeas.

chana pulao

chana pulao one of those rare pulaos that was not much made at home. whilst studying in college, we had a hyderabadi aunty as our neighbor who would make fabulous pulaos and biryanis. the rice was always cooked to perfection and the taste of her pulaos and biryanis were just heavenly. i still do remember her chana pulao and it used to be awesome.

well, while making this chana pulao recipe and writing this post i do remember the aroma and taste of her chana pulao. few more delicious chana recipes on blog are:

  1. chana biryani
  2. chana masala
  3. chana chaat
  4. falafel
  5. punjabi chole masala
  6. easy chole recipe.

for the chana pulao obviously you have to first cook the chickpeas (safed chana or kabuli chana in hindi). if you have leftover boiled chickpeas than these too can be added. canned chickpeas can also be added.

the chole pulao has to be made with basmati rice and ghee or else something will be a little amiss if you do not use basmati rice and ghee. this is a simple and easy pulao to make.

the chana pulao can be served with any raita and a side salad. I served the chole pulao with palak raita and onion-tomato salad-kachumber.

If you are looking for more pulao recipes then do check vegetable pulao, kashmiri pulao. matar pulaomethi pulao and mushroom pulao.

chole pulao or chana pulao recipe below:

chana pulao recipe, chole pulao recipe, chickpea rice recipe
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chana pulao recipe

chickpea rice recipe - an aromatic pulao made with white chickpeas (garbanzo beans or kabuli chana)
course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 50 minutes
servings 3 to 4
rough calories per serving 526 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

main ingredients for chana pulao

  • ¾ cup white chickpeas (safed chana or kabuli chana or chole)
  • 1 cup heaped basmati rice, 200 grams rice
  • 1 medium to large onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 pinch garam masala powder
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 pinch saffron strands - optional, (kesar)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon or lime juice or 1 teaspoon yogurt (dahi or curd)
  • 2 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 1.75 cups water for pressure cooking the rice
  • a few chopped mint leaves for garnish (or coriander keaves)
  • salt as required

whole spices for chana pulao

  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shahjeera)
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 2 small green cardamom (hari elaichi or choti elaichi)
  • 2 single thin strand of mace (jayitri or javitri)
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 to 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)

for the green paste

  • ¾ inch ginger, chopped (adrak)
  • 3 to 4 garlic, chopped (lahsun)
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaves, chopped (pudina patta)
  • 3 tablespoon coriander leaves, chopped (dhania patta)
  • 1 green chili, chopped (hari mirch)
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon water for grinding

how to make chana pulao recipe

preparation for chana pulao

  1. rinse and soak the chana (white chickpeas or chole) overnight or for 8 to 9 hours in enough water.

  2. drain them well. 

  3. then add the drained chana to the pressure cooker. add 3 to 3.5 cups water.

  4. also add about 1/2 tsp of salt and pressure cook for 12 to 14 whistles or more, till the chickpeas are tender and cooked well.
  5. drain the cooked chana and keep aside.

  6. rinse the rice very well in water till the water runs clear of starch.
  7. then soak the rice in enough water for 30 mins. strain and keep aside.
  8. make a smooth paste of the ingredients, mentioned under 'green paste' in a chutney grinder or magic bullet with very little water. keep this green paste aside
  9. slice the onion and chop the tomato.

making chana pulao

  1. in a pressure cooker heat ghee or oil and add all the whole spices – caraway seeds, cardamoms, mace, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf.
  2. saute the whole garam masala or whole spices for some seconds till fragrant, and then add the sliced onions.
  3. saute the onions till golden brown.
  4. now add the green paste and saute till the raw aroma of the ginger-garlic goes away. add the chopped tomatoes and saute for two minutes.
  5. next add the turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala powder.
  6. saute the tomatoes for a minute or so and add the basmati rice. mix well and saute the entire mixture for a minute.
  7. add the drained cooked chana (chickpeas).

  8. add the curd or lemon juice, saffron threads and again mix everything well.
  9. now add 1.75 cups of water.
  10. season with salt and pressure cook chana pulao for 2 to 3 whistles. i pressure cooked for 2 whistles.

  11. when the pressure settles down on its own, then open the lid of the cooker.
  12. gently fluff the rice.
  13. garnish the chana pulao with coriander leaves or mint leaves. 

  14. serve chana pulao hot with raita, pickle, papad or any veg salad.

recipe notes

this chana pulao recipe can also be made in a pot or pan.
  • just add 2 cups water to the rice in a deep pot or pan.
  • cover and cook till the rice grains are done and all the water is absorbed.

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step by step chickpea rice or chana pulao recipe:

1. rinse and then soak ¾ cup chickpeas/chole/chana overnight or for 8 to 9 hours in enough water.

chana for chana pulao recipe, making chana rice recipe

2. drain them well. then add to the pressure cooker. also add about ½ tsp of salt.

chana for chana pulao recipe, making chana rice recipe

3. add 3 to 3.5 cups water.

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4. pressure cook for 12 to 14 whistles or for about 20 minutes, till the chickpeas are tender and cooked very well.

chana for chana pulao recipe, making chana rice recipe

5. again drain the cooked chickpeas/chana and keep aside.

chana for chana pulao recipe, making chana rice recipe

6. rinse 1 cup heaped basmati rice very well in water till the water runs clear of starch. then soak the rice in enough water for 30 mins. later strain and keep aside.

rice for chana pulao recipe, making chana rice recipe

7. in a small grinder or chutney grinder or magic bullet, add ¾ inch ginger/adrak (chopped), 3 to 4 garlic/lahsun (chopped), 1 tbsp chopped mint/pudina patta, 3 tbsp chopped coriander/dhania patta and 1 green chili (chopped).

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8. make a semi fine or a fine paste of the ingredients with ½ to 1 tbsp water. keep this green paste aside.

preparing chana pulao recipe, making chickpea rice recipe

9. in a pressure cooker heat ghee or oil and add all the whole spices – ½ tsp caraway seeds, 1 black cardamom, 2 green cardamom, 1 to 2 single strands of mace, 1 inch cinnamon, 2 to 3 cloves and 1 tej patta. saute the whole garam masala or whole spices for some seconds till fragrant.

spices for chana pulao recipe, making chickpea rice recipe

10. then add sliced onions.

cooking chana pulao recipe, making chickpea rice recipe
11. saute the onions till light brown or golden brown.

preparing chana pulao recipe, making chickpea rice recipe

12. now add the green paste and saute till the raw aroma of the ginger-garlic goes away.

making chana pulao recipe, making chickpea rice recipe

13. next add the chopped tomatoes. stir and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.

making chana pulao recipe, making chickpea rice recipe

14. then add a pinch of turmeric powder, ¼ tsp red chili powder and a pinch of garam masala powder. mix well.

making chana pulao recipe, making chickpea rice recipe

15. add the basmati rice.

making chole pulao recipe, making chana rice recipe

16. mix well and saute the entire mixture for a minute.

making chole pulao recipe, making chana rice recipe

17. add ½ tsp lemon juice.

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18. then add a pinch of saffron threads (optional). mix everything well.

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19. add the drained cooked chickpeas.

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20. then add water.

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21. season with salt and stir well. pressure cook on a medium for 2 to 3 whistles or for 10 to 12 minutes. i pressure cooked for 2 whistles.

making chana pulao recipe
22. when the pressure settles down on its own, then open the lid of the cooker. gently fluff the rice.

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23. garnish with coriander leaves or mint leaves and serve chana pulao hot with raita, pickle, papad or any veg salad.

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dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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30 comments/reviews

  1. Tried your receipe of chana pulao and it came out very well. It tasted delicious. Pls let me know which basmati rice is good which is long and fragrant. I tried multiple of them but dint find what I wanted.

    • from the various brands out there, i have used india gate classic brand and the grains are aromatic, long and stay separate. you can also use dehradun basmati rice. i buy locally and this dehradun basmati rice is also good. from organic brand, i have used almost all brands. but the basmati rice from this brand http://www.organicgarden.co.in/ was very good.

  2. Like this one. Pretty quick to put together and a big improvement on plain rice or a basic pullao
    I had it with veg kolhapuri, a hyderabadi dal dish and roti.

    • Thanks James

  3. Which grinder do you use? Can you suggest a good mini grinder/blender?

    • i use preethi grinder 750 watts blue leaf brand. good for heavy grinding like coconut based spice paste. also good for blending and preparing dry masala powders.

  4. Hi Dasanna,

    Everytime I google any recipes, the first site I look for is vegrecipesofindia.com. Absolutely love the recipes. Pictorial steps help a lot.
    Cooking is my hobby. Wife and kids love these recipes.
    Thanks to you

    On this recipe can I also add marianted paneer??

    • welcome yogesh. glad to know this. yes you can add marinated paneer in chana pulao.

      • How do you marinate Paneer? (ingredients to marinate???)

        • you can marinate the paneer in a some spices like red chili powder, chaat masala, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and a bit of thick curd or lemon juice.

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