Sunday, February 26, 2012

Easy Channa or Chick pea rice

Having Canned or frozen channa / Chick peas on hand is quite useful for those rushed mornings.
When using canned chick peas, you don't even have to cook for long. I usually soak channa overnight and then freeze them, so that I have them ready whenever needed. Any kind of chick peas is fine. While you find of white or kabuli channa for the canned ones, we can always get black and the littler ones at the Indian grocery always (along with the big white ones too).
To make a rice using chick peas doesn't take much time at all. I like to to add a little bit of ginger garlic paste along with tomato and some garam masala to make it flavorful and yummy to eat for the kids. I don't use much chili powder of green chilies but to make an adult version, go ahead and increase the amount of chili powder and add some chopped green chilies to spike up the spice intensity.


1 cup of cooked rice
1/3 cup frozen of canned chick peas or channa
1/4 piece of onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped

Salt to taste
1/4 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/4 tsp chili powder
pinch of turmeric
1/4 tsp garam masala
1 tsp oil
chopped coriander leaves for garnish


Heat oil in a kadai. Add onions and saute till translucent.
Then add the ginger garlic paste and saute for 30 sec before adding the tomatoes.
Add the chick peas and some salt. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes till the chick peas are cooked.
Add the turmeric, chili powder and garam masala and saute for another couple of minutes.
Add in the cooked rice and mix it up well the cooked chick peas.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve warm or pack it in a hot box.


  1. I always like to do this but never tried . Looks nice sure will try

  2. Yummy clicks! I somehow never use canned beans. As you suggested, I always freeze soaked and drained beans for instant use :)

  3. I always eat rice everyday but this looks so different rice, it's must to trying for me and my family. Thanks for share.


  4. super delicious one-pot meal !! looks wonderful !!

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  5. such a protein packed n deliicous rice recipe...looks so colorful n tempting!!

  6. looks wonderful following your tweets @torviewtor

  7. healthy rice....i love channa very much! perfect for lunchbox!

  8. Looks delicious smitha.. lovely color... and stunning pic!!

  9. love chick any form..nice recipe...

  10. Love chick pea. This rice must be very delicious

  11. Ezt is kipróbálom!!!Köszi!!!:):):)


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