Chhole Pulao

Chhole Pulao – A quick rice dish for those busy weekdays when elaborate cooking can take a break.

Chhole Pulao

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

I was bored of making the usual curry and rice. Though Mumbai is supposed to enjoy Monsoons this time of the year, unfortunately it’s pretty hot and 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 and curry leaves. Normally I soak 1-2 varieties of legumes in a week and they are usually kept in my refrigerator (cooked) ready to be eaten in case of hunger pangs. They are high in protein and 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 and 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.

Chhole Pulav .jpg

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

If you like my work, please show me some love by following me on:-

Twitter –

Facebook Page –

Pinterest –


Vidya Narayan

Views: 2517

Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 23 Comments

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks dear. Healthy food choices are the need of the hour.

  1. Sandhya

    What a yummy pulao Vidya. I am drooling here!

  2. nehaskitchen2017

    Why didn’t I think of this combination ever? Thanks for the idea Vidya! Will try soon 🙂

  3. nehaskitchen2017

    Why didn’t I think of this combination before? Thanks for the idea Vidya! 🙂

  4. Anjali Sheth Rao

    Will surely try this one. It’s not that difficult and still seems to be lipsmacking

    1. Vidya Narayan

      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.

  5. felisrecipes

    Yummy ! I am sure my husband would love this recipe. I have to give it a try 😉

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks dear. Please do try it. My husband is a huge fan of Chhole.

      1. felisrecipes

        Well, I put it on the lunch dishes list for this week.

  6. felisrecipes

    In the making. I hope I can shoot a pic. Thanks again 🙂

  7. felisrecipes

    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

    1. Vidya Narayan

      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 !

      1. felisrecipes

        And you made mine 😉 I need to visit your blog again looking for more recipes to try 🙂
        Have a good week ahead 🙂

      2. Vidya Narayan

        Aww… Am Touched my dear. Have a great week you too!! Cheers !!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.