Chhole Pulao

Why eat Chhole Chawal (chickpeas with rice) when u can eat Chhole Pulav?

I was bored of making the usual curry & rice. Though Mumbai is supposed to enjoy Monsoons this time of the year, unfortunately it’s pretty hot & humid. Making one pot meals seems the best alternative so went ahead with cooking this.

Since we belong from Southern part of India, we consume legumes almost every other day as “Sundals” i.e. cooked legumes with grated coconut tempered with mustard seeds & curry leaves. Normally I soak 1-2 varieties of legumes in a week & they are usually kept in my refrigerator (cooked) ready to be eaten in case of hunger pangs. They are high in protein & keeps you full too. These are also part of mid-morning snacks as they are super healthy.

Since today was a very crazy day since morning, all I did was make the masala (gravy), add these boiled chickpeas that were available in fridge, add some steamed Basmati Rice & we had the best meal ever!!

Go ahead & try this, I am sure that this will be a huge hit at your home, just like mine.

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Recipe for Chhole Pulao or Chickpeas Pulao

Serves – 4 persons

Ingredients –

  1. Chickpeas or Chhole – 2 cups boiled (soaked overnight & pressure cooked with salt)
  2. Cooked Basmati Rice – 2.5 cups
  3. Oil – 1.5 tblsp
  4. Garam Masala powder – 1.5 tsp
  5. Salt as per taste
  6. Onions – 2 medium sized finely chopped
  7. Tomato – 1 medium size finely chopped
  8. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  9. Jeera or Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  10. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  11. Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  12. Coriander leaves – garnish

Method –

  1. Heat the kadhai, pour 1.5 tblsp of oil & once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds. Let them turn slightly brown.
  2. Add finely chopped onions & saute well till they turn slightly golden brown in colour.
  3. Add the finely chopped tomato. You may make a puree of the same & add too.
  4. Cook the onion & tomato mixture well on a low flame. Add some salt, turmeric powder & chilli powder.
  5. Once the mixture is cooked, add the garam masala powder & the boiled chickpeas or chhole along with some water. Maybe ½ cup. Cook this mixture well until water evaporates & the masalas are nicely incorporated.
  6. Add the cooked basmati rice to this mixture along with some salt, coriander leaves & give it a good mix.
  7. Cover the kadhai with a lid & let the pulao mix well for 5 mins on a low flame until the masalas incorporate & flavor the rice.
  8. Switch off the gas, squeeze the lime juice, toss again & garnish with coriander leaves.
  9. Serve hot with raita or some salad or plain curd with roasted cumin powder & some salt.

Notes –

  1. You can add Chhole Masala instead of Garam Masala if you prefer.
  2. You can skip adding red chilly powder in case kids find it too spicy.
  3. Adults can add finely sliced onions & green chillies chopped over this & relish it hot.
  4. I suggest making this in a huge batch as leftovers taste much more amazing the next day.


Vidya Narayan


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    1. Thanks Anjali. Yes pretty easy to make & i have used only a single tomato for 4 people so value for money too. Enjoy 🙂 thank you for visiting the blog.


  1. The recipe turned out great. I have no picture at this time. It was so late, around12 am when I finished cooking. I didn’t have basmati rice. I used long grain one so it was not as fluffy as yours but the taste was incredible. I will have to make it again with basmati rice and I will shoot a picture as well. Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂 Felicia

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    1. Oh your feedback is so overwhelming my dear. Thank you so much for trying it & glad you loved it. I have also made the recipe at home using both Basmati & other (short grain variety back home called Kolam Rice) too which i use for daily cooking & it turns out good.

      U made my day !! Thank you !

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