|Easy Kala Channa Pulao|
How to prepare Channa Pulao
Prep time – under 15 mins
Cook time- under 30 mins
Serves – 2
Basmati Rice – 1 cup
Kala Channa or Kabuli Channa or chick peas- 1/2 cup
Onion – 3/4 cup (cut lengthwise)
Green Chilli – 1-2 slit
Ginger garlic paste -1 tsp
Mint leaves -fistful
Coriander leaves- fistful
Thin coconut milk – 1 3/4 cup
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Chilli powder -1 tsp
Garam masala powder -1 tsp
Salt as needed
For the seasoning
Oil – 1 1/2 tbsp ( or 1 tbsp oil +1/2 tbsp butter)
Cinnamon – 2 inch piece
Rice is sauteed with a tsp of ghee and kept ready below.(see pic 1) This is done just to add flavor to the rice. (optional)
Now take a pressure pan, heat oil, add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and saute for a few seconds.
Add onions, green chilli and saute until onions turn pink.
Add thin coconut milk and lemon juice.When it starts boiling add the rice and mix well.
You can cook basmati rice in many ways. Beginners can refer How to cook Basmati rice
Tips on choosing side dish for Pulao (for beginners)
If the pulao/biryani is rich and spicy, go for pachadi or raita to balance the spiciness.
If it is a tomato based rice dish like cauliflower rice, do not go for tomato based side dish.