Cholia Chawal | How to make Green Chana Pulao

Chholia Chawal

Cholia Chawal is an easy pulao made with fresh green chickpea or chana. The rice can be quickly done with simple spices and makes a wonderful lunch box dish.

Cholia or Fresh Chana are available only during the winter season in Northern states. I haven’t seen these fresh green ones in our place. We do get fresh Toor dal and almost all of the other legumes and lentils except for this. I remember getting a pack of this fresh Chickpea during our 75th BM Meet in Delhi.

Would you believe if I said that I was so crazy to think that I will save it for the right dish for me to try! That packet was slashed in the freezer all this while. I was almost sure I would use it for this rice. However, when Vaishali said she was visiting Madras, I kindly requested her to get me a packet of it.

Finally, after many years of planning something with the fresh chana, I decided to make this pulao which is really simple and doesn’t require much of work. I made this for Konda’s lunch pack and I also carried for my lunch. I seriously regret not making it for everybody. The rice came out too good and everybody wanted to have a second helping.

As with all themes in AtoZ series, we do get the liberty of playing with the words of the ingredients. I was lucky that I didn’t resort to any adjectives or anything else. Cholia is chickpea and this is with the fresh Indian version of chickpea.

Cholia Chawal is for C in the AtoZ Quick Under 30 Minutes, which is my theme in the Biryanis, Pulaos, Khichdi and Mixed Rices, where I am doing Quick Under 30 Minutes Meals. If you want to read some elaborate Biryanis, check out what I have for C in Spice your Life!

Chholia Chawal

A to Z Quick Under 30 Minutes Meals

A for Achari Chana Vegetable Pulao
B for Bhuga Chawara

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How to make Chholia Chawal

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Chholia Chawal 1  Fresh Chickpea Pulao

Fresh Green Chana Pulao

Cholia Chawal | How to make Green Chana Pulao

Ingredients Needed:

1 cup Basmati Rice
1 to 2 Bay Leaf
1/2 cup Onions
1/4 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2 Green Chili
1 Big Tomato
1/2 cup Green Chana
1/4 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
A Pinch Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste
2 cups water
1.5 tsp Ghee
1 tsp Cooking Oil

Method

Wash and soak the rice for 15 mins.
Heat a pressure cooker with ghee and oil.
Add the bay leaf, onions juliennes, chopped green chilis and sauté till pink.
Next, ginger garlic paste and combine well.
Now add chopped tomatoes and cook till mushy.
Wash and add the drained green chana.
When the mix becomes dry, add spice powders including salt.
Drain the water from rice, add to the pan, roast for a few minutes.
Add water and cook till done.
Fluff and serve with raitha.

Hara Chana Pulao

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Cholia Chawal | How to make Green Chana Pulao
Cholia Chawal is an easy pulao made with fresh green chickpea or chana. The rice can be quickly done with simple spices and makes a wonderful lunch box dish.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes soaking time for Rice
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes soaking time for Rice
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Chholia Chawal
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Instructions
  1. Wash and soak the rice for 15 mins.
  2. Heat a pressure cooker with ghee and oil.
  3. Add the bay leaf, onions juliennes, chopped green chilis and sauté till pink.
  4. Next, ginger garlic paste and combine well.
  5. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook till mushy.
  6. Wash and add the drained green chana.
  7. When the mix becomes dry, add spice powders including salt.
  8. Drain the water from rice, add to the pan, roast for a few minutes.
  9. Add water and cook till done.
  10. Fluff and serve with raitha.

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13 comments

  1. I remember scrambling for this cholia during our BM75 meet. So glad you came up with this beautiful dish. Wish I could get some of those in Bangalore. Would love to try this!!

  2. I love hare choliya.. the pulao has made me nostalgic as we used to have it when fresh choliya were available in markets.. You are right, everyone wants a second helping of this.. Looks so tempting.. hope I get these here!!

  3. I make this during the winters, and both the green and brown chickpeas add so much flavour. perfect for lunch box so I am sure your girls liked it too !

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