Saturday, February 22, 2014

Channa Pulao

Channa / Kondakadalai is rich in protein and kid's all time favorite. I used to add lentils in my cooking whenever it is possible. Even if there is no idea, what to cook, I just used to soak some lentil, so next day it will be used to make some dish or make it sprout and serve as salad. Even Sprouted Channa used to taste well, A handful of channa can be added while grinding for idly/ dosa, which gives a new taste with lot if nutrients in it.

Now Lets get into today's recipe Channa Pulao.


Basmati rice- 1 cup
white Channa - 3/4 cup (soak over night)
tomato-1 small
Onion - 1 large
green chili- 2
ginger garlic paste - 1 tea spoon
garam masala - 1/2 tea spoon
chili powder - 1/2 tea spoon
coriander powder - 1 tea spoon
oil - 4-5 tea spoons
salt- to taste

Dry garam masala:

fennel seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
cinnamon stick -1 small
anistar - 1
bay leaf - 1
cloves - 2-3

1.soak basmati rice for 30 mins
2. In a pressure pan / cooker heat 2-3 tea spoons of oil and roast the items listed in dry garam masala.
3. Slice the onions and saute until they turn golden brown.
4. Add ginger galic paste to it and saute until the raw smell leaves.
5. Add sliced tomatoes, saute until they turn soft, then add the chili, garam and coriander powders, if required add a tea spoon of oil and saute until they all blend together and oil starts to separate.

6. Add soaked and washed channa and fry for few minutes
7. Add soaked and washed basmati rice and fry gently for few minutes without breaking the rice.
8. measure and add 1 and 3/4 cups of water to it,adjust salt and close the lod and leave it for 2-3 whistles.
9. When pressure leaves, add chopped coriander leaves and mix gently with fork.

Serve with Raitha or Kurma of your choice.

Notes: Few mint leaves can be added while cooking.

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