One Pot Meals

Kabuli Channa Pulao – Gluten free and Vegan | One Pot Dish | Easy Lunchbox recipes

I am quite partial to chickpeas and usually have a huge batch of cooked and frozen chickpeas in the refrigerator. My kids are very fond of Chole and I love Chickpea and Sweet potato salad made with chickpeas so these two dishes get made very often. Apart from this, potato chickpeas soup, the Moroccan Harirasoup, beetroot hummus ,Tikki and of course Tikki Choley chaats are also very welcome at home.

Today’s recipe is something I have adapted from a cooking show and was very filling and enjoyed at home. I am so glad we have another vegan rice dish that can be used as a filling lunch box item too ;))

So let’s get cracking on this beautiful one pot meal (and I love these one pot meals : it saves so much time not to mention lesser vessels to scrub and clean, don’t you think?)

Here are some more One Pot Meals / Lunchbox Ideas:

Menthye Bataani Bhaath (Fenugreek-peas rice)

Thakkali Saadam (Tomato Rice)

Fada Nu Khichdi 

Achaari Pulav

Thinai Khara Pongal (foxtail Millet One Pot savoury Pongal)

Sambhaar Sadam

Btw, What’s your favourite one pot meal ? 


Prep time – 15 mins ; Cooking time – 15 mins 

Serves – 3

Vegan and GF one pot meal

Protein source – chickpeas 


Basmati or any long grain rice – 1 cup

Cooked chickpeas – 1 cup (if using canned, drain and use)

Salt to taste 

Oil – 1 TBSP

Bay leaf – 1 no

Green Cardamom – 2 nos.

Cinnamon – 1 stick 

Black Cardamom- 1

Mint leaves – 2 handful

Dry spices – 

Coriander powder – 1 Tbsp

Cumin powder – 1 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1/2 TBSP

To Grind :

Onion – 1 large 

Soaked Cashew nuts- 1 T (skip for any nut allergy)

Soaked poppy seeds – 1/2 tsp

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 3 pods

Coriander leaves – 1 handful

Green chillies – 2 (adjust spice)



Wash rice twice or thrice till water turns clear. Soak for 20 mins.

Soak cashewnuts and poppy seeds in warm water for 10 mins. 

Grind all ingredients under “to grind” using minimal water to a thick paste.

Drain water from rice after 20 mins and keep aside.  


In a pressure cooker or a deep pan, heat oil. Sauté bay leaf, cardamoms, cinnamon. Now add the ground paste and sauté till the raw smell disappears. 

Add the chickpeas & soaked rice and sauté for 1 min. 

Add the spice powders, mint, salt and water and bring to a boil. (I usually add water in the ratio 1:1.5 for pulao). 

Pressure cook for 2 whistles.

Release pressure, fluff up the rice and serve hot with any raita


Notes – 

  • If not using a pressure cooker, cook till rice is done but not mushy. Serve warm 
  • I don’t use canned chickpeas but use homemade frozen n cooked chickpeas. If doing so, bring the frozen chickpeas to room temp before adding to the cooker.
  • If using raw chickpeas, soak for 10-12 hours / overnight. Drain the water completely, wash and pressure cook till soft and then use. Adding just pre-soaked chickpeas with the soaked rice may not work well. If it works for you, please share your success here via a comment 
  • You may also add , like I did when I made this dish again, a handful of chopped veggies like beans, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower along with the chickpeas to make an even more nutritious meal. 
  • For a Jain version, you may skip the onions, garlic and ginger. It will still taste great ! 



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  1. vaishali sabnani

    I love channa Chawal and this rice would get done in a jiffy , as it is cooked in a pressure cooker . Stocking boiled chickpea is a great idea , they come in so handy . Btw I have never cooked rice in a pressure cooker , must learn from you :))

  2. Sharmila kingsly

    Channa is my fav ingredient among all lentils and this pulao definitely makes our lunch special..

  3. I am loving this chole rice….so flavourful and protein rich. Bookmarking!

  4. Delicious and yummy. Must try this as I love one pot meals.

  5. Gayathri Kumar

    This is one pulao I make often but mine is too simpler. Addition of cashews and poppy must increase the flavour of the pulao. Looks so yum.

  6. I think if there was one popular dish in this series, then this is the one!..And everybody's favorite too..very nicely done and looks so sinful!..

  7. Delicious rice. I too love adding chickpeas to so many dishes right from salads to curries. I've yet to make a chickpea pulao.

  8. cookingwithsapana

    Chickpeas pulao looks so sinful and I am literally drooling over it yaar.

  9. My favourite anytime, what a complete meal. Who can resist to this absolutely flavourful one pot meal.

  10. I too presented this pulao for this mega marathon. I didn't add cashewnuts to my pulao. This pulao looks superb.

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