Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Channa Pulao

Channa Pulao

Channa tops the list of my legume love :) Especially the white ones. I can consume unlimited :P if its made into channa masala or a simple sundal or rasam or as pulao. Name it and I would love it :)

This time it was pulao in mind when I picked a pack of channa(chickpea) at the grocery store :) Hmmmm frankly speaking, its a little time consuming process to make this pulao. But I bet you would not regret the time spent. Trust me, it tastes simply fantastic.

The soft channa here and there, the creamy coconut milk texture on the long basmathi rice, the hint of kasoori methi tickling your nose, along with... oh yeah!! my favorite garlic :) ummmmm I cant speak more ;)

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Basmathi Rice - 1 cup
White Kabuli channa - 1/2 cup
Tomatoes - 3
Coconut - 1/2 small
Onion - 2 (medium sized)
Garlic - 8 flakes
Green chillies - 4
Kasoori methi - 1 tbl sp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Cardamoms - 2
Cloves - 2
Bay leaf - 1
Salt - for taste
Coriander leaves - 1/2 bunch(optional)

Grind together:

Onion - 1 (large)
Red chillies - 8
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic - 5 flakes
Grated fresh coconut - 2 tbl sp

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In a pan, take a tsp of oil and fry red chillies, cumin seeds, garlic and onion for few mins. Allow it to cool down and then grind it along with coconut and keep it aside.

Soak channa in water for 10 hours and then pressure cook it.

Blanch tomatoes in hot water for few mins and remove the skin and seeds. Grind it into a smooth paste. Strain and keep it aside.

Grate coconut and grind it along with enough water and strain two extracts of coconut milk.

Peel garlic and chop them finely.

Soak rice in water for 10 mins and then drain it completely. Heat a tsp of ghee in a pan and fry the rice for few mins till all the moisture is absorbed.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and fry cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf. Add the chopped garlic and fry till brown. Now add slit green chillies and finely chopped onions and fry for few mins and then add the ground paste. Simmer the stove and fry till the aroma pulls people at home to the kitchen!!! ;)

Now add tomato paste, kasoori methi, salt, little sugar, garam masala powder and allow it to boil for few mins. Then add the cooked channa and 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk to it. When it starts to boil, add the rice and mix well. Now close the pressure cooker and allow it to cook for just one whistle. (timing can vary on different parameters)

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and ghee fried cashews. :)

Yummy and aromatic channa pualo is really to eat :)

Enjoy it hot with potato chips or onion raitha :)

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I'm happy to send this to the "Legume Love Affair" event conducted by Divya of Dil Se which was started on the blog "Well seasoned cook".

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Pavithra Srihari said...

bookmarking it da ... kutty quilling inga vandhuttanae cuteaa ... super ..

Unknown said...

Channa is my fav too...I luv the brown ones too for the reason its brown ;) I've made channa pulav too and posted it...ur version with coconut milk sounds interesting....looks super yum. Needless to say lovely presentation Nithi

Prerna said...

Wow, that looks lovely Nithya! And what a great idea you just gave me for dinner since my fridge is empty and rainy day won't let me get out to buy grocery so this would be perfect for a nice hearty meal!

Mangala Bhat said...

my fav too ..looking soo yummy!

Pappu said...

looks delicious, nithya. yummy recipe:)

Suji said...

I love black chana most, but would never say NO to white ones too..Perfect pulao...

Priya Suresh said...

My favourite channa in anything goes directly to my favourite list too, needless to say am drooling rite now here over that droolworthy channa pulao, makes me hungry Nithya..

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Swathi said...

Channa pulao looks delicious.

Pushpa said...

Yummy chana pulav...delicious.

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divya said...

looks soo yummy.........

Unknown said...

my mum makes them and we used to binge on it just like that, love ur 3rd click!

Suja Manoj said...

Yummy and mouthwatering..perfect pulao,bookmarking

Menaga Sathia said...

சூப்பர்ர் சென்னா புலாவ்!!

Unknown said...

I can see your refection in that spoon :) Wholesome meal. Thanks for sending this for MLLA!

Lakshmi said...

soooper post nithu... yummy channa pulav, and great pics :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Chana Pulao looks super fabulous. Loved the click.

Hamaree Rasoi

Nitha said...

Super rice...

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

channa puloa is my daughter's fav.
sometimes i add coconut milk and sometimes i add coconut while grinding. lovely presentation.

indianspicemagic said...

Yummy and healthy pulav.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Wonderful healthy rice and as u said I too love channa in any form.. Your pictures makes the rice more beautiful nithi and the quiling looks so cute.

chef and her kitchen said...

Even I love kabuli chana...pulao looks really appetizing n yummy..

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Lovely dish.Looks so yummy!

Anonymous said...

beats all, tops !! and probably this weekend, when i will get to cook after a long time, first on the list :-)

Prathima Rao said...

I have an ward waiting for u in my blog...Do drop in to collect it... :)

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Very appetising... Need to try them

Parita said...

Looks so delicious dear..making me hungry now :((

Panchpakwan said...

Chana paula looks absolutly delightful..healthy and tasty.

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

Looks awesome...great post Nithya..
YOu re welcome to my space too..

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San said...

WOW, such a yummy pulao . Loved the end result! can U pass some over??? hehehe...;)

Padma said...

Love this rice... looks yummy Nithya.

Padmajha said...

Hi Nithya,just posted a channa pulao post today.Your version looks yum.Would love to try it :)

Abhilash Pillai said...

Hi Nithya,

I do not think this is a very tiresome recipe. It is interesting to prepare and I am sure it would be delicious too. I will try this and let you know the feedback.

I also love the white chana... the bigger one called “Kabuli Chana”. My mother used to prepare it with Appam. During weekends, we used to bath early to have it because her rule was to have food only after bath and Morning Prayer.

Looking forward to creative recipes and pictures.

With Love,

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