Monday, May 27, 2013

Spinach Chickpea Pulao / Palak Channa Pulav | Indian Rice Recipes

Spinach and Chickpeas are one delightful combination. Don't you think? Be it in a salad, soup, curry or this rice it tastes awesome. I had come across this simple spinach pulav somewhere in the blog world before many years. I did not bookmark it then but just made a mental note of the recipe which had potatoes in the place of chickpeas. I make this rice often and this time tried chickpeas instead of potatoes to up the protein quotient.
Serves - 3
Basmati Rice - 2 cups (rice cooker cup) - 1 1/3 in standard cup
Spinach - 3 cups - tightly packed
Chickpeas / Garbanzo beans - 1 can or approx 2 1/2 cups cooked - Click here to see how to make canned beans at home
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Onion  - 1 cup - thinly sliced
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tbsp
Wash and soak the rice in plenty of water for 30 minutes. Heat oil in heavy bottomed pan / pressure cooker. Splutter the cumin seeds and add onion. Saute until light brown and add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes in medium heat. Now add the spice powders and spinach. When the spinach starts to wilt add the chickpeas and drained rice. Add 4 cups of water and salt and do a taste check. Cover and cook for 3 whistles in pressure cooker. If cooking in a pan, cover and cook in medium-high heat for 20 minutes until the rice is done. Serve hot with raitha or any curry of your choice.
Linking this delightful rice to MLLA #59 event by Susan and Lisa.


  1. healthy combo.. perfect one pot meal..

  2. Healthy and nutritious pulao, love this one pot meal.

  3. perfect meal and healthy too.

  4. healthy and delicious pulao.

  5. I too make this combo pulao, yours looks delicious.

  6. Healthy and delicious combination.. love it :)

  7. rice is perfectly cooked...grainy

  8. Perfect and healthy one pot meal.

  9. picture perfect.. love the green and yellow combination of colors in the perfectly cooked rice.. delicious and healthy pulao..
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  10. such a tempting and inviting recipe

  11. Hi Krithi:

    I made the Palak Channa Pulav, I did not have all the ingredients and it turned out well. Thanks


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