Chickpea pilaf

Chickpea Pilaf

Chickpea Pilaf or Channa pilau is a Pakistani rice dish in which rice cooked with stock and chickpeas. You can use any stock, chicken or vegetable. I like to use chicken powder or chicken cubes. You can use vegetable stock and make it completely vegetarian or vegan.

Chickpea pilaf
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  • Basmati Rice  2 cups
  • Onion  1 medium
  • Garlic paste  1 tsp
  • Tomato 1 big
  • Red chili powder  1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder  1 tsp
  • Whole cumin seeds   2 tsp
  • Fresh small green chilies 2-3 
  • Chicken powder 2 tbsp
  • Chickpeas  1 can (400 g)
  • Lemon juice 2 tbsp
  • Oil 4 tbsp


  1. Wash and soak the rice for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a pan, add in oil then chopped onion, stir for 2,3 minutes until translucent.
  3. Now add garlic paste and chopped tomato, stir until tomato is nicely cooked and soft.
  4. Add in red chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, chickpeas, green chilies, again stir few seconds.
  5. Now add 3 cups of water and chicken powder. Let it boil.
  6. Take out all the water from soaked rice, add in. Taste salt if you feel its less add some at this point.
  7. Cook on high heat until all water evaporates.
  8. Pour 2 tbsp lemon juice on top, turn the heat low and with tight lid on cook for 10 minutes.
  9. Rice are done, serve them with yogurt raita or tomato chutney.

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