Chana dal pulao

Chana dal pulao is a traditional Punjabi dish. In our family we used to prepare chana dal pulao on bhai-dooj and on lohri. We also used to call it chana dal khichdi. We used to pour ghee over our  chana dal rice plate as it taste so good. This is our old family tradition of putting ghee over chana dal rice khichdi.

Serving: 5

Chana dal pulao

Chana dal pulao


Rice: 2 cups

Chana dal : 1/2 cup

Onion: 1 sliced

Cumin seeds or jeera: 1 tsp

Salt: to taste

Red chili powder: 1/4 tsp

Black pepper powder: 1/2 tsp

Garam masala: 1/2 tsp

Green chili: 1 chopped

Lemon juice: 1 tbsp

Ghee: 2 tbsp (you can use oil  if you want)


1. Wash and soak chana dal two hour before cooking pulao.

2. Similarly wash and soak rice half an hour before cooking pulao.

3. Take pressure cooker. Heat ghee in pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds , when they starts to crackle add onions and saute till they become golden brown.

4. Add green chili, salt, red chili powder, garam masala, black pepper powder, lemon juice and mix well.

5. Drain water from rice and dal and put them in pressure cooker.

6. Add 3 cups of water and close the lid. Pressure cook on high flame till 1st whistle and after that lower down the flame and cook for 10 minutes. Switch off the flame and let the steam escapes by own.

7. Serve hot. You can pour 1 tsp ghee over your rice plate, it will taste much much better. This is our old family tradition of putting ghee over chana dal rice khichdi.

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