Chickpeas Rice

By DK on Sep 20, 2010
Chickpeas Rice Recipe (Channa Pulao/Pilaf)
With rice being a staple food at home, its inevitable that it finds its way more often than not. On days when I am running late in the mornings, I rely on quick rice dishes to pack lunches instead of parathas/rotis (That's Indian tortillas for the non Indians). Needless to say, I like to keep them simple and quick but I look for ways and means to add some nutrition to the meal. Eating just rice is like plain calories without nutrition hence vegetables and some sort of protein is a must for me. The source of protein comes in various ways and for today - I have chosen the most simplest and humblest of protein sources. Chickpeas. They are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways. I always have soaked chickpeas on hand storing some in the fridge for days like these. They can be added to almost all dishes and make it not only hearty and delicious but also nutritious.
Chickpeas Rice Recipe (Channa Pulao/Pilaf)
Vegetables are of course needed in the daily diet (we are vegetarians - what else is there to eat otherwise!! ;)). I love this rice for the simplicity and sheer beauty by way of its color and vibrancy. This can be made even more simple if you have leftover rice, frozen vegetables and cooked chickpeas on hand (canned one works great - just remember to rinse it very well in cold water first).  The Bread croutons that you see is entirely optional. I add it to sneak in some wholegrain to the mix too :) and they are dry toasted instead of fried. :) This dish is v minimal in fat with the entire dish being cooked only in 1 tsp of oil. A little plain curd and pickle completes this dish for us - but you can pair it up with any side dish of your choice.
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
  • 1 cup basmati rice (or any long grained rice - leftover rice works great too)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or use canned for quick version)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds (or cumin seeds)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 whole cardamom pods
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot,cubed
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • about 1/2 cup toasted wholegrain bread cubes for garnish (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • few sprigs of cilantro to garnish
I would suggest soaking the rice for about 20 minutes in some water. This helps the grain to remain separate while cooking although its completely optional. I do it when I have the time. Heat a skillet and add 1 tsp of oil. Add the fennel seeds. Once aromatic ad the onions, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf , turmeric, salt and give it a quick toss.
Chickpeas Rice Recipe (Channa Pulao/Pilaf)
Add the carrots and stir for another 40 seconds or so. Add the rice (if presoaked drain it well). Saute it well until aromatic and the rice becomes translucent.
Chickpeas Rice Recipe (Channa Pulao/Pilaf)
Add 2 cups water (you might need +/- 1 cup water depending on the quality of rice). Close the lid and cook for about 8-10 minutes until the rice is cooked and you see all the water is absorbed. Add the chickpeas along with frozen vegetables.
Chickpeas Rice Recipe (Channa Pulao/Pilaf)
Give it a gentle stir and garnish with cilantro. If using cooked rice, add carrots along with frozen vegetables. Let them cook until soft. Add chickpeas and once mixed, add the cooked rice. Give it a mix and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the rice is warmed thoroughly and all the vegetables have combined well with the rice.
Chickpeas Rice Recipe (Channa Pulao/Pilaf)
Instead of fried bread croutons, I dry toasted wholegrain bread  and garnished it with the rice. Its optional of course. I did it on a whim and fancy (or to be honest I had one stale bread waiting to be used ;)). Any curry and raita will go well with this rice. Chickpeas Rice Recipe (Channa Pulao/Pilaf)
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22 Responses to “Chickpeas Rice”
  1. Carmen fenech

    Please I would like to start receiving your recipes in my inbox

  2. Matt

    Great recipe, I deleted some of the ingredients because I didn’t feel like going to the store and to further add to my laziness I made it in my rice cooker while stirring occasionally… Thanks.

  3. simriti

    I made it, and it’s yum. Only thing I added was one dry red chilly.

  4. Susie

    This looks delicious and I shall add it to my repertoire. Thank you for your fascinating posts, I really look forward to reading them.
    When you refer to “curd” do you mean fresh cream cheese :?:

  5. Karen

    I will definately be trying this! How do you make it set in shape?

    I just used a cup :) –DK

  6. This meal looks wonderful when fully cooked, and the aroma is also fantastic. We doubled the recipe but only had cardamom powder so I am not sure how much that affects the taste. We used 1/2 chicken broth/1/2 water but in the end, all agreed that it needs a bit more taste. We are going to do all broth next time, and look at using the full cardamom pods, to see if the taste will be improved. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it is a nice meal and when doubled is enough for our family of 5 for 2 days.

  7. sharon

    i’m from Ghana and i just went to your page to read some recipes and i think i like them and would love it if you could send me some of your recipes through my mail.

  8. monika

    I think adding a little chola masala will enhance the taste

  9. reema

    looks very colourful & delicious too

  10. Very delicious and colourful chickpeas rice..

  11. I am sure gonna bookmark this, looks really yummy.I too am always looking for making rice in different ways.

  12. anupachi

    D K :-) awesome… mouthwatering… definitely gonna try it out. but dont think i ll get frozen corn.. its ok if i go ahead without it right…

  13. Colorful looking rice….I too have my version of channa pulav…but ur idea of adding other veggies is interesting

  14. looks so good… love the colours

  15. Abhi

    Hi! thanks for the fab recipes! I get your recipes in my mail box and for last few updates, the link in the email takes to your page but does not show the latest post. It gives ur default sorry message. Don’t know if anyone else is having the same issue. Thought u wud like to know. Keep up the gud work!

  16. Very simple and easy to put together. Love the click.
    About your question — The quick bread I made was devoured by one and all. Will post about it soon and fill the “I made this” form.

  17. looks so beautiful and easy…love it!!

  18. Love the colors! And there’s nothing in here that I would not smack my lips with! Perfect meal!

  19. The rice looks so colourful and delectable Divya. Just great!!

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