Palak & Chana Pulao / Spinach & Chickpeas Pulao

One pot meals are always so simple and less time consuming meals. With the holidays approaching you might want to spend more time with your family rather than spending much of your time spending in the kitchen. On the other hand, when my family is eating a single dish I want the meal to be tasty, filling and a healthy one too. Today's recipe is one such dish where you have chickpeas which are high in protein and spinach which is loaded with tons of nutrients. 

Spinach and Chickepeas pulao goes to the Week 2, Day 1 of Blogging Marathon 107 under the theme " One Pot Meals ".


Basmathi rice  2 cups
Spinach 2 cups
Chana  ( Chickpeas )1 cup
Green chili 2
Tomato sliced 1 medium 
Onion sliced  1 medium
Ginger garlic paste 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon 1 inch stick
Cardamom 3
Cloves 4
Bay leaf 1
Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tbsp


Wash and soak chana ( chickpeas ) for 8 hours or over night.
Wash and soak basmathi rice for 30 minutes.
In a presser cooker  heat oil and add all the whole garam masala.
Saute for few seconds, add sliced onions.
Saute till they turn light brown color.
Now add ginger garlic paste and green chili.
Cook till raw smell disappears.
Now add sliced tomato, soaked chickpeas and chopped spinach.
Also add garam masala, turmeric powder and  salt to taste.
Separate the water from soaked rice for later use.
Add rice and saute for a minute.
Now add 2 1/2  cups water and chopped cilantro ( here you can use the water we saved from soaking rice )
Mix well and adjust salt to taste.
Cover and presser cook for 3 whistles.
Let the presser release naturally before you open the lid.
Garnish with some more chopped cilantro and serve hot with raita.

Check to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for Blogging Marathon 107.


Amara’s cooking said...

Pulao looks delicious Sushma, I make it the same way most of the times for lunch boxes.

Saraswathi Ganeshan said...

This look super delicious Sushma! One pot meal is always first in my list when I am busy with other work with out comprising nutritious fact!

Pavani said...

Palak, Chana pulao looks absolutely delicious. One pot makes it perfect for weeknight dinners. My family will love this.

Harini R said...

Lovely combination of chana and palak. I love the combination and would try this out soon.

Narmadha said...

This looks so tempting and delicious. Love the flavors of both. I make them separately. Will try the combination of both next time