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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
  • 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


  • 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.



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.