Quick, easy & protein rich one-pot meal, perfect for Kids Lunch Box too!
Kala Chana (Black Chickpeas) Pulao, protein rich one-pot meal. This is one of the quickest and tastiest option for a healthy lunch box. Black Chickpeas (Kala Chana), is a good source for dietary fiber. This chickpeas along with onion, tomato and other Indian spices are cooked together with rice to get a very nutritional rich and balanced diet. This is a perfect recipe for kids lunch box as it has more nutritional values. We can also enrich this pulao with grated carrot, green capsicum and make more nutritional. A very easy to make pulao variety and would make a yummy recipe even for potluck or parties! We are making this pulao in a pressure cooker and so this is part of one-pot meal. We can serve this yummy protein rich Kala Chana (Black Chickpeas) Pulao with raitha of your choice and enjoy this rich meal!
After soaking for 8-12 hours, drain the water. Add 2 cups of fresh water to soaked chickpeas. Add a teaspoon of salt and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles. This parboiling process makes the chickpeas half cooked. We will again cook the chickpeas along with rice and other spices. Once the pressure is fully released, strain the water from the cooked chickpeas and reserve this water. Do not discard it. This cooked water will give a nice flavor to the whole dish. We will be using this water later to cook the rice.
Heat a pressure cooker. Add Ghee / Oil. I have used Ghee+oil. Its our choice. When the ghee is hot, add whole garam masalas (bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise) along with cumin seeds and sauté in ghee. Then, add green chilli along with chopped ginger and sauté in ghee for for few seconds
Cooking Onion-Tomato Masala
Time to add Rice & Chickpeas!
Now, add the reserved water (we kept aside after cooking chickpeas) to the pan. Adjust the salt. Cover the pressure cooker with the lid. Put the whistle and pressure cook in high flame for 1 whistle. After 1 whistle, keep the flame very low and cook for another 10-12 mins. Let the pressure escapes completely.