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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Kabuli Chana Palau ( Chickpeas Pulao )

Cooking Time Required : 20-25 mins
Cost of Preparation: 50-55 Rupees

Ingredients: Basmati rice ( 2 cups ), red chillis ( 3 nos ), onion ( 1 medium ),
chickpeas ( 1 cup ), cinnamon stick ( 2 inch long ), star anise ( 2-3 nos), javitri ( 1 flower ), cardamon ( 3-4 nos ), cloves ( 4-5 nos ), bay leaf ( 1-2 nos ), ghee ( 3 tsp ), salt .

Preparation: wash the rice and drain away all the water. Spread on a plate and allow to dry natuarally ( or under a fan ) for 30 mins.

Cut the Onion into thin pieces.

Cooking: Boil the soaked chick peas for 2 whistles and keep aside to cool. Drain away the water.

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Add the onion and saute till translucent. Add red chillis and whole spices at this stage. Saute for 30 secs.

Add the washed and dried rice. Stir fry for 2- mins. Add the boiled chick peas and stir fry for 1 min.

Add 2 1/2 cups of water. Close the lid and cook for 10 mins.

Allow steam to escape, open the lid and keep aside for 5-6 mins ( this will prevent the rice from breaking when it is very hot ).

Serve with raita and a vegetarian side dish.

Note: This can also be preapared without onion. One can add a few coriander stems instead.


  1. wow this is a unique dish which i came to know.Ver innovative .

  2. I love pulao but never tried it this way! This is sure very innovative and very nutritious too!

  3. tat looks very colorful n healthy!!

  4. I would love to have this with mint chutney....comfort food for me

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. wow wonderful and yummy pulav :) love it :)

  6. Looks lovely, would love to try them !

  7. Pulao looks absolutely yummy dear...will surely try sometimes.....do visit my blog sometimes whenever you have time :-)

  8. Yummy and truly inviting pulao,love anything with channa..

  9. Innovative idea,pulav looks inviting.

  10. Inviting and very new recipe...looks yummy...
    Do visit my space if you get time:)


  11. Lovely with a little onion in curd and mint chutney. Bliss!!

  12. Thank you all for such lovely comments!!


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