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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Easy channa pulao recipe | Lunch box recipes

channa-pulao-recipe

Channa pulao always has been tricky to me. I have tried 4-5 times since I started cooking, but never turned out good. Then once Jeyashri only told it comes out delicious and invited for lunch to serve it. It was indeed delicious. Since then, I too got confidence of making channa biryani. She had made it in this Biryani style. I had once tried and came out good too. Aj too started liking since then. But this time when I was going through a handwritten cook book which had channa pulao – only ingredients list. I was surprised to see few ingredients and since now a days I am graduated in cooking to develop a recipe with its ingredients, I thought of giving it a try in that way this time. It was easy to make and yet tasted good. Both Aj and Vj had it without any complaints. So this could be a quick fix for your lunch box for office going people, since less cutting work. You can pack this with cucumber or vegetable raita and some fryums or chips.

Channa pulao recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 12 hr soaking time    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 3

Ingredients

Basmati rice - 1 cup, heaped

Channa (white) - 1/2 cup

Onion - 1

Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp

Green chilli - 3

Channa masala powder - 1 tsp, heaped

Lemon juice (Optional) - from 1/2 of lemon

Coriander leaves, chopped - 2 tblsp

Salt - As needed


To temper

Oil/ ghee - 2 tblsp

Cinnamon - 1 small piece

Cloves - 2

Cardamom - 2

Bay leaf - 1

Star anise - 1


Method

  1. Soak channa over night. Soak basmati rice for 30 minutes before cooking. Slice onion lengthwise and slit green chillies. Heat a small pressure cooker with oil/ ghee and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table. Add onion, green chillies and fry till transparent. Add ginger garlic paste.
  2. 1-temper
  3. Fry until raw smell goes away, but make sure not to over fry/ burn it. Add channa masala powder and give a quick stir. Add soaked rice drained from water, soaked channa and add salt. Mix well.
  4. 2-fry
  5. Add 1 & 1/2 cups of water and bring to boil. Keep in lowest possible flame and cook for 12-14 minutes. You can also pressure cook for 2 whistles in medium flame. Once done open the cooker, add chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice if desired and mix gently.
  6. 3-cooked

Notes

    • I always prefer fresh ground ginger garlic paste or homemade ginger garlic paste than store bought.
    • Just soaking the channa is enough, it will get cooked as the pulao gets cooked. No need to cook it separately.
    • You can also add few mint leaves after frying onions.
Goes well with raita and chips or fryums. We had with onion raita and some store bought fryums.

easy-channa-pulao



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  1. Raji, It looks like you missed addition of soaked channa in the procedure. I believe you add it along with rice or after that by looking at the pictures. Good one, I have made similar recipe but added ground tomato and coriander paste after frying onion, gg....

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    1. Oops! I think yeah, I will edit to add the main ingredient !! Thank you for letting me know

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  2. Very very inviting! !!! Looks super delicious:-)

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  3. Raji, Good one. Even I do a similar one except that I add tomatoes and little curd instead of lemon juice...

    http://endekushini.blogspot.in/

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  4. Hey Raji looks very nice . Will try timorrow. I tried ur moong dal recipe and it came out well. Thanks for the gud recipes

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  5. Hey Raji looks very nice . Will try timorrow. I tried ur moong dal recipe and it came out well. Thanks for the gud recipes

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  6. I tried few of your receipes its come out well
    whats channa masala what are the ingredients?

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  7. looks yum really easy one I do it different way bit involved

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  8. Chana pulao looks so delicious and inviting. Excellent pic especially the 2nd one.
    Deepa

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  9. The picture itself is tempting. Luks yummy. Have tried similar recipe with black chana

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  10. Its indeed a easy lunch box recipe.. Looks wonderful

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  11. Lovely, u got it perfect. Varsha was drooling on seeing the clicks as this is her fav dish

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  12. This preparation sounds very interesting, looks good too, bookmarked :)

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  13. It is really easy to make and you have got only one vessel to wash. ;)

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  14. great!!! one more item for my daughter's lunchbox. Will try.

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  15. mmmm.....yummmm... Looks mouthwatering. Amazing clicks

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  16. Hi Raji tried this recipe and it came out perfectly.Thank you so much.
    Adeline

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  17. hi raji.. yummy recipe.. i try it with coconut milk it came good..

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  18. Looks perfect and quick too...Lovely clicks too!!

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  19. hi,
    It came out yummy. Everyone liked it. Thank you Raji.

    NithyaKaran.

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  20. Hi thanks for the recipie. How much water do i add if i have to cook it in an electric cooker.

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    1. I think it will be available in the cooker instructions, but I think you can add little less than 2 cups.

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  21. I just love your blog !! All the recipes are just awesome :)

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  22. Hie raks! Am newly married n never been to the kitchen before...ur recipes are sooo cool n awesome that I ve managed to do it well...my hubby who used to be selective in eating nw enjoys everything that i make...Million thanks to u :D

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  23. Thank you for the recipe. It saved my day as I had no hassle packing my son's lunchbox today. Being an employed lady, am on the lookout for easy, nutritious recipes n have learnt immensely from your blog. Thank you for your tele-contributions!

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  24. Hi today I tried this pulao for lunch. We really enjoyed and awesome taste. Thanks for the wonderful receipe

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  25. I tried and it came out really well.. Thank you :)

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  26. Hey i landed here from the lunchbox ideas page.. a question on how to send cut apples in lunchbox without them turning brown.

    thank you :)

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    1. Toss in lemon juice, it will keep it fresh without color change :)

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  27. Mam. ..Instead of channa masala powder, what shall I add? ?? Replacement for channa masala powder. ...

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    1. Just add garam masala. But highly recommend channa masala powder

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  28. Hi raks
    Y u r not adding tomatoes in the receipe. Let me know the reason..

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    1. If you like you can add, I personally wanted the pulao simple and without the red colour of the tomato. That's why

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  29. Mam, I prepared this dish today.. Taste of the dish came out well ..only 70-80% rice( rice looks very small after cooking) is cooked. I used Sona Masuri Rice. Will you tell how many cups of water is needed for sona masuri rice and also soaking time ? I gave one whistle in high and two whistles in low and I added 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice . I precooked channa also .

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    1. 2 cups sounds okay, if your rice is old, it may need more water to cook. So use half cup more and see. I suggest you to cook basmati rice though.

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  30. Hello mam, This is a great dish n loved the taste of it. Although, few of my channa's were uncooked. I soaked them overnight, n used pressure cooking for 2 whistles n 5 mins on low flame. What could be the cause ? For 1 cup basmati rice I used 2 cups water. Thank you very much for ur reply.

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