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Recipe: Aloo Channa Pulao

Aloo Channa Pulao

Bring a completely new scrumptious flavor in lentils and vegetables. And put a hearty smile your family’s face with great tasting vegetables and lentils on week days. Give it a try!!

Aloo Channa Pulao Recipe
Photo: Aloo Channa Pulao Recipe

Channa Pulao is always my favorite.I have made it many times but this time I wanted to try it with Potatoes ( My fav veggie) and it came so good.

I do remember my khala (anty) who would make fabulous chana pulao along with potatoes. Well, while making this aloo chana pulao recipe and writing this post i do remember the aroma and taste still lingering in my mind of her pulao. Her dishes was always cooked to perfection and the taste of the pulao was just heavenly.

Aloo Channa Pulao Recipe
Photo: Aloo Channa Pulao Recipe

Though I make chana biryani often this [highlight]chana pulao[/highlight] is always my quick fix whenever I am pressed for time. Do try this Aloo Channa Pulao recipe. I had it Korma, mint raita and salad.It was a satisfying lunch.

Aloo Channa Pulao Recipe
Photo: Aloo Channa Pulao Recipe


  1. For the chana pulao obviously you have to first cook the [highlight]chickpeas(kabuli channa)[/highlight].
  2. if you have leftover boiled chickpeas than these too can be added.
  3. The pulao has to be made with basmati rice and desi ghee or else something will be a little amiss if you do not use basmati rice and ghee. This is pretty easy pulao, great to put in your kids lunch box. If you pre cook the chana the previous day itself, then you don’t have to worry about anything. It can be made in minutes.
  4. If you are diet conscious you can add olive or sesame oil.

This could be also quick fix for lunch box for office going people or students, since less cutting work. You can pack this with cucumber or vegetable raita.
Check it out the Aloo Channa Pulao recipe and printable version below!!

Aloo Channa Pulao

Bring a completely new scrumptious flavor in lentils and vegetables. And put a hearty smile your family's face with great tasting vegetables and lentils on week days. Do try this Aloo Channa Pulao Recipe, your family will love it.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Bushrah | Recipestable


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 cup chickpeas white channa
  • 2 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 potatoes cubed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves
  • 5 black pepper pods
  • 3 cinnamon stick
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 3 green chilies thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoon clarified butter or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • salt to taste
  • 3-1/2 cups water or chicken stock

For Garnishing

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped



  • Wash rice with few changes of water and soak them for 30 minutes. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and bay leaves.
  • Now add the sliced onions, sliced green chilli and also the ginger garlic paste.
  • Saute them until the raw flavor fades.
  • Now add the Potato cubes and the boiled channa.
  • Stir well.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Add rice and lightly stir.
  • Now add the salt and water.
  • Mix well and allow the rice to cook for 10 minutes or until done.
  • Cover with a lid and put on low flame.
  • After 10 minutes, turn the heat off.
  • Fluff the rice and dish it out.
  • Garnish with the coriander leaves. Aloo Channa Pulao is ready to serve.


Serving Suggestions:
Serve with Mint Raita and salad.
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mrs.bashrat says:

Thanks for another good recipe, i appreciate your interest in cooking.

you are welcome. thanks a lot for your great words of appreciation

RANI says:

hi pretty girl, I cooked the recipe and it came out very well. I have gone through other recipes too and it is easy to follow even for a beginner. Keep posting good work.

thank you very much for the feedback. I will try to add more recipes when time permits. Hope to see you here often.

mona says:

Really Inspired by your passion for cooking, being a computer science student. While trying the recipe, I got doubtful on the quantity of rice to be taken. Could you please help with the approximate weight to per cup ratio?

1 cup of medium grain rice weights around 200gm. thank you very much for the comment 🙂

Shazia says:

For the first time i am going to prepare this aloo chana pulao.

shazia, thanks for the comment. hope this pulao recipe will work out well for you.

Afshan says:

thanks bushra for another useful recipe.I have tried this came out very well.

thanks for trying this recipe and also for the regular visit.

warda says:

thanks for the recipe. It is much easier than biryani… i used to chana pulao, but i never tried aloo chana pulao, sure I’ll prepare this.. thanks one again

you are welcome. Hope you will share the feedback after trying this recipe. thanks for the comment

yasmeen says:

hi, bushrah, adding more cardamom to this will enhance the taste. Its a suggestion, you can try.

yasmeen, thank you very miuch for the tip

aqifa noor says:

salam.. awesome one.. this turned out to be more tasty and easier to cook, compared to biryani… thanks bushra

you’re welcome …thank u very much for the feedback

shan says:

i like it

Ruby says:

hello, bushrah!
your recipes are really easy to follow. but now i m in Italy do find some difficulties to find all the ingredients. So i request you to add some recipes which are needed a few and common ingredients. thank you

thanks for the feedback, I will try to include more recipes having ingredients easily available. Hope to see you here often

Saima says:

tried this recipe last night. turned out very tasty thanks a lot girl!

salam saima, thanks for trying this aloo channa pulao recipe. nice to know that it worked out well. hope you will try other recipes too. 🙂

shumaila says:

hi, bushra thank for the explaining in simple steps. Came out well. I added the nuts which was all available here. I am gonna share with my friends. I love cooking and your site is really an inspiration.

shumaila, it is pleaure to know that you done the pulao well and my blog inspires you to cook. thank you very much for the feedback. hope to see you here often

zahra anwar says:

so happy to find and follow your blog. for last 2 hours i was going through your recipes. From across the miles I got aroma of pakistani cuisine to California.. I will try your more recipes and will update the feedback in your site. 🙂

thanks a lot for following this blog and also for taking time to share your comments.

mrs.umar says:

hi, it’s nice and comes out very tasty

thanks for the feedback 🙂

Reena says:

Is it ok if I prepare chana pulao with leftover rice of one day before?

Reena, of course your can prepare it with leftover rice. But make sure that the rice is good to eat. Thanks for the comment

zubia says:

very good recipe. red pepper addition increase the taste

jeena says:

i tried this recipe. it was very good bushra

umme esa says:

I had prepared the same, always search for easy recipes and found you’s exciting and simple, if possible sent your site, regards umme esa

Ramya says:

one of my favorites.. i never miss

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