Kabuli Chana Pulao |Chickpea Pilaf |

Kabuli Chana Pulao

Kabuli Chana Pulao is an easy one-pot meal loaded with protein-rich chickpeas and fragrant from the Indian masala. For veggie days, this is much perfect idea to enjoy which is so simple to make with just easy and quick steps. It goes so well with any raita of your choice, or even simple curd, pickle, papad, etc.

Kabuli Chana Pulao

This pulao is prepared very similarly to other Indian pulao recipes with almost the same ingredients, but with extra use of boiled chickpeas aka kabuli chana. In this pulao, the veggies can be added as desired to make it more nutritious pulao. I have used only potatoes here, still, the vegetable addition is completely optional.

Event-related to this post :

The April month challenge in the ‘Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge’ group was ‘Pulao or Biryani’, suggested by Seema. Well, I was partnered with her too for this theme, she gave me 2 secret ingredients Bay leaf and Garam Masala, and I gave her the secret ingredients Tea Patta and Cardamom. And, as usual, using my two ingredients I have come up with this Vegetable Tehri for the theme contribution.


Kabuli Chana Pulao

Chickpea Pilaf | Kabuli Chana Pulao

Chana Pulao is an easy one pot meal loaded with protein-rich chickpeas and fragrants from the Indian masala. For veggie days, this is much perfect idea to enjoy which is so simple to make with just easy and quick steps. It goes so well with any raita of your choice, or even simple curd, pickle, papad etc.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3


  • 1 cup Rice (basmati)
  • ¾ cup Chickpea (soaked)
  • ½ cup Potato (1 inch cubes) (optional)
  • 1 no. Onion (finely chopped) (medium)
  • 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ cup Tomato (finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup Tomato (1 inch slice)
  • 2 no. Green chili
  • 2 no. Green cardamom
  • 1 inch Cinamon stick
  • 1-2 no. Clove
  • 3-4 no. Whole black pepper
  • 1 no. Bay leaf
  • ½ tsp Cumin seed
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp Coriander powder
  • ½ tsp Cumin powder
  • ½ tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1-2 tbsp Coriander leaf (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt as needed
  • Water as needed


  • Wash and clean the rice well, then soak in enough water (2 cup) for 15 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  • Pressure cook the soaked chickpeas / kabuli chana / chana till well done. Keep aside.
  • Make a smooth paste of tomato and green chili in a blender jar, keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a broad pan.
  • Add all the whole spices like cinnamon stick, green cardamoms, cloves, whole black peppers, bay leaf and saute for few seconds.
  • Then add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Add finely chopped onions and saute till light brown.
  • After that, add ginger-garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes away.
  • Then add the tomato-chili paste and saute.
  • After sauteing for 1-2 minutes, add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and salt.
  • Mix everything and saute till the oil ooze out from the masala paste.
  • Then add small potato cubes and mix with the masala.
  • Cover the pan and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • After that add the boiled chickpeas, mix again.
  • Cook everything for 1-2 minutes more without covering the pan.
  • Then add the soaked rice along with some tomato slices (1 inch).
  • Mix gently first and then pour 2 cup water.
  • Give a stir, cover the pan and allow to cook till the rice is well done over low-medium heat.
  • Turn off heat and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • Then add finely chopped coriander leaves and gently fluff the rice.
  • Serve Chana Pulao along with any raita of your choice and a roasted papad for your everyday meals.


  • Any other vegetable can be added to this chana pulao. I have used only small potato cubes.
  • The vegetable addition is completely optional too.
  • Canned chickpeas can be used here. If using this, then there is no need of soaking and boiling the chickpeas. Just drain the chickpeas from the can and directly add them along with the soaked rice.
  • Leftover chana pulao can be kept in the refrigerator. Just while serving, take it out from the refrigerator, microwave on high, and serve.
  • Whole spices add a nice flavor to the pulao, so do not skip.
  • Spiciness can be adjusted as per the taste.
Keyword Chickpeas, One Pot Meal, Pulao Recipe



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  1. Preeti Shridhar

    5 stars
    Chana Pulao is a regular at home. Infact I always have boiled and frozen chana/rajma in my freezer for quick fix meals. Your pulao recipe sounds flavorful with all the whole spices that you have added. It just needs a raita by the side.

  2. Priya Vj

    5 stars
    I love channa pulao so much that I make it quite often. I make sure there is some.extra channa boiled and stored handy . I will try your recipe the next time I make channa pulao

  3. Renu

    5 stars
    A complete balanced meal with chana and rice all together. I would love to make this for parties or even for my kids lunchbox.

  4. The Girl Next Door

    5 stars
    The Chana Pulao looks super delicious! Love the addition of potatoes here, for added flavour.

    All of us at home love chana, so this pulao will surely be a hit. Would love to try it out shortly.

  5. Shobha Keshwani

    5 stars
    Chana pulao is our favourite at home. I will try your version next time. Variation is always good. We get to enjoy different flavoured dishes.

  6. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    I love chickpea pulao any time any day, so easy to make, nutritious and a wholesome meal. With all the spices, your preparation sounds so aromatic and tasty.

  7. Swati

    5 stars
    Nutritious filling and so inviting.. Chana pulao is my kids kids favorite and I too love to make it as it is so protein rich and no fuss pulao..Lovely share and wonderful well explained recipe.

  8. Poonam Bachhav

    5 stars
    Chana pulao is a regular affair at my place as my son loves kabuli chana. With whole spices going in it is all the more flavorful and aromatic.

  9. anu

    Kabuli Chana Pulao is such a healthy protein-rich and delicious dish. I usually make it with less variety of whole spices and without potatoes. Would like to try this version.

  10. Vasusvegkitchen

    5 stars
    Kabuli chana pulao is one of our family favourite recipe, which I regularly prepare on special occasions. Perfect and balance rice item to enjoy with some simple raita.

  11. Seema Sriram

    5 stars
    By the very looks of it, the pulao is so flavourful. I will love to hat you have added potatoes too.

  12. Jayashree T.Rao

    5 stars
    Chickpea pulao tastes awesome and often make it during holidays. Loved your version with all the spice powders in it Sasmita.

  13. Narmadha

    5 stars
    Kabuli chana pulao looks so delicious and protein-rich. I make it slightly different and would love to try your versions sometime.

  14. Kalyani

    5 stars
    this simple yet super delicious pulav will be loved at home by all as we love one pot meals esp with chickpeas

  15. Sujata Roy

    5 stars
    Chana pulao looks absolutely delicious and flavorful. Loved the use of potato in the pulao. I don’t need anything with this tasty aromatic pulao. I would love to try it soon.

  16. Preethicuisine Preethicuisine

    5 stars
    Kabuli Chana pilaf looks scrumptious. One of my most favourite pilaf.One of the most sought after dish at my place . This protein rich pilaf is a crowd pleaser .

  17. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
    Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth

    5 stars
    We love a good chana pulao as a lazy weekend lunch. Just like all your recipes, this one is loaded with flavors and looks absolutely lipsmacking…

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