Cook's Hideout: Kabuli & Kala Chana Rice

August 07, 2006

Kabuli & Kala Chana Rice

You might be thinking that I am obsessed with beans. But it is just a coincidence that I have been cooking with beans more frequently now than ever. I soaked chana (both kabuli and kala) for Varalakshmi vratam last friday and distributed some to friends. With the remaining chana, I wanted to make Tarla Dalal’s Kabuli Chana Biryani, but it looked too much work for me, so I ended up modifying the recipe and made a quicker version. This is my entry to this week's ARF/ 5-A-day tuesday.

Basmati Rice – 1 ½ cup cooked
Kabuli & Kala Chana (either one or both) – 1 cup boiled
Onion – 1 medium chopped
Potato – 1 medium, boiled, peeled and diced
Tomato – 2 medium chopped
Green chilies – 3
Ginger garlic paste – ½ tsp
Curd – 2 tbsp
Red chili powder – 1tsp
Amchoor powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Salt – to taste
Coriander – for garnish

  • Heat 1tbsp of oil in a large pan, add onions and fry till they turn pink. Add ginger, garlic paste and sauté till it does not smell raw anymore.
  • Add the powders, curd, diced potatoes and mix well.
  • Add tomatoes to the onion mixture; cover and cook till soft.
  • Add cooked chickpeas and salt; mix well and cook for another 5 minutes on medium flame, or till the mixture is not too watery.
  • Add the chickpea gravy to rice, mix well (but try not to break the rice), check seasoning and serve hot with onion raita (finely chopped onions mixed in yogurt with salt).

Note: Tarla Dalal’s recipe involves, layering the chana gravy with rice in a greased casserole and baking it (covered with tin foil) for 20 minutes in a 350ºF oven.


  1. beans! beans! beans! i proudly admit to being a bean addict. i love them.

    this looks like a good recipe to try too.

    i hope you don't mind but i included your recipe for chocolate cherry bread on my "recipe carousel" which is a weekly post promoting great recipes from other bloggers.

  2. Hi Anna,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and I'm happy that you included cherry bread in your carousel. Try it and let me know.

    Thank you Pushpa.


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