Tuesday 13 March 2018

Spinach Chickpeas Rice / Palak Channa Pulao

Spinach chickpeas rice / pulao is a easy to prepare, nutritious one pot meal; suitable for kids lunch box.   This rice is mildly spiced along with chick peas and freshly grounded spinach; is the best way to make kids eat greens.

A simple raita is a best combination for this rice / pulao.  Try out this recipe; I am sure you will like this!   

20 min
30 mins
Recipe for Spinach chickpeas rice
Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: Indian
Serves - 4 to 5 people(approximately)


Palak / spinach - 1 big punch
Chick peas / channa - 1 cup(cooked)
Basmati rice - 2 cup
Onion - 1 (big)
Turmeric powder -¼ tsp
Red chili powder - ½ tsp
Garam masala - ½ tsp
Salt - as required
Oil + ghee - 2 tbsp

To grind:
Ginger - 1" piece
Garlic - 4 to 5 cloves
Green chillies - 2


Wash and soak the channa overnight or for about 6 to 8 hours.

Pressure cook the channa by adding little salt and the required amount of water, until it becomes soft. (Don't discard the water; you can use it for the gravy)

Grind green chilli, ginger and garlic into  paste and keep aside.

Remove the stems and wash spinach thoroughly.  Blanch spinach in boiling water.

Take the spinach out and allow it to cool. Grind the spinach into a fine paste and keep it aside.

Wash and soak the rice in water for about fifteen minutes.  Add oil and ghee in a pressure cooker; once it becomes hot,  add cumin seeds.

After it crackles, add some chopped onions.   Saute well, till it becomes translucent.

Now add grounded paste(green chilli, ginger, garlic paste).  Saute well till the raw smell goes. 

Then add cooked chikpeas / channa, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.  Mix it for about 2 to 3 minutes.  Next add grounded spinach.  Give it a mix.

 Add drained basmati rice.

Give a quick mix and add 1½  cup (adjust according to the quality of rice) of water. When the water starts boiling.  Check for salt and spice.

Close the cooker with lid.   After the first whistle simmer for five minutes and switch off the gas.

Flavorful and protein rich meal is ready to serve!


Adjust the green chilli and red chilli powder according to your taste.

The colour of the rice depends on amount of palak addedd.

You can also prepare this rice in a open pan.

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