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Kala chana pulao| Black chana pulao

by Jeyashri suresh
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Kala chana pulao

Kala chana pulao, black chana pulao, easy to make one-pot meal, a perfect protein-rich lunch box recipe too. One-pot meals are always super hit at my home. I mostly pack them for lunch box or cook for a lazy Sunday dinner too. Some 15 years back, i used to make chana pulao for my daughter, who is a huge fan of white kabuli chana. Those were the days when i have no access to the internet or cookbooks. Recently i tried this Kala chana pulao | black chana pulao and it became a super hit at home. I usually have frozen legumes at home. So i made it again to make a detailed video and step by step pictures on how to make Kala chana pulao.

If you are looking for some easy pulao recipes or easy lunch box recipes then this is a must-try one. Check out the notes section to see some minor variations. Also in the entire video and post, i have given lots of tips and tricks to cook a perfect pulao.

Check out some easy pulao recipes from Jeyashris kitchen – Methi matar pulao, chutney pulao, rajma pulao, corn methi pulao and many more.

 

Kala chana pulao recipe

Kala chana pulao
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Kala chana pulao recipe

Easy to make protein-rich lunch box recipe
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2 people
Author: Jeyashri suresh

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup Kala chana | black chana
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 tblsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • Salt as needed
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • To grind
  • Mint leaves few
  • Coriander leaves few
  • 1 Green chili
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • Ginger a small piece

Instructions

  • Wash and soak ½ cup of basmati rice for 20 minutes in ¾ cup water.
  • Soak kala chana for 8 hours and pressure cook them till 5-6 whistles with a little salt.
  • Drain the water and keep aside.
  • Check out the idea of frozen legumes, you can make pulao anytime you wish.
  • Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chili, garlic cloves, and ginger into a paste.
  • Do not add water while grinding.
  • Thinly slice the onion and finely chop the tomatoes.
  • In a pressure cooker add oil and ghee.
  • Add onions and saute it.
  • Add a little salt to this while cooking the onions. This will ensure even cooking of the onions.
  • Cook till it becomes translucent.
  • Now we can add the chopped tomatoes.
  • Alternatively, you can puree them and add too.
  • Now we are adding the ground green paste.
  • Mix well and add red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, and garam masala.
  • Put the cooked kala chana also to this.
  • Cook this well for 3 minutes.
  • Add the soaked basmati rice along with water.
  • Check for salt.
  • Cover the cooker and cook till one whistle. Then simmer the flame to the lowest and cook for 7 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mix it gently.
  • You can serve this with onion raita or pack this for lunch box too.

Video

Notes

1. You can use white chana or rajma too.
2. You can grind the tomatoes and add them.
3. Green peas can also be replaced instead of kala chana.
  • Wash and soak ½ cup of basmati rice for 20 minutes in ¾ cup water.
  • Soak kala chana for 8 hours and pressure cook them till 5-6 whistles with a little salt.
  • Drain the water and keep aside.
  • Check out the idea of frozen legumes, you can make pulao anytime you wish
Soak rice
  • Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chili, garlic cloves and ginger into a paste.
  • Do not add water while grinding.
  • Thinly slice the onion and finely chop the tomatoes.
Items to grind
  • In a pressure cooker add oil and ghee.
  • Add onions and saute it.
  • Add a little salt to this while cooking the onions. This will ensure even cooking of the onions.
  • Cook till it becomes translucent.
Saute onions
  • Now we can add the chopped tomatoes.
  • Alternatively, you can puree them and add too.
  • Now we are adding the ground green paste.
Add tomatoes
  • Now we can add the chopped tomatoes.
  • Alternatively, you can puree them and add too.
  • Now we are adding the ground green paste.
  • Mix well and add red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, and garam masala.
  • Put the cooked kala chana also to this.
  • Cook this well for 3 minutes.
Add kala chana
  • Add the soaked basmati rice along with water.
  • Check for salt.
  • Cover the cooker and cook till one whistle. Then simmer the flame to the lowest and cook for 7 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mix it gently.
Kala chana pulao ready

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