Rice with Chickpeas (Chana Pulao) for 15 Persons

[Quick Facts]
Main Ingredients: Basmati Rice, Chickpeas, Onions, Garlic, Ginger, Various Spices
Time Required: 1.0 hours
Serves: 15


  • 2.5 Mugs full of Basmati Rice
  • 2 Mugs full of Chickpeas
  • 3 Medium sized Onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 Bulb of fresh Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 Cup cooking oil  (~118ml)
  • 1.5 inch piece of fresh Ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 10 corns of Whole Black Pepper
  • 6 Cloves (Laung)
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks (Dalchini)
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 3 Black Cardamoms (Black Elaichi), cracked open
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt


(1) Heat oil on medium heat (should not be so hot that oil starts smoking)
(2) Add Onion and fry until brown, stir frequently
(3) Add Garlic and Ginger and fry some more. Add all the spices.
(4) Preparing Chickpeas: (a) Soak Chickpeas in water overnight and then cook in pressure cooker for 15 minutes (b) Alternatively, use canned boiled Chickpeas
(5) Add Chickpeas, 5 cups of water and Salt
(6) Soak Rice in water for few minutes and then strain it and add the rice to the pot
(7) Bring to boil on high heat
(8) Cook on low heat until the Rice is ready

Serve with curry of your choice.


Chickpeas added to fried Onions
Chickpeas added to fried Onions



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