Chana Dal Pulao is a traditional Punjabi Cuisine Recipe. So simple to make and 100% gluten-free.
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Chana Dal Pulao Recipe

Chana Dal Pulao is a conventional Punjabi Recipe, simple and flavoursome. Serve Chana Dal Pulao with raita and salad for a complete meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 139kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup channa dal
  • 2 medium-size onion fine chopped
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala see recipe
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp oil


  • To make Chana Dal Pulao, first wash and soak rice for 30 minutes. Similarly clean, wash and soak bengal gram in water for at least 1 hour.
  • Next heat oil in pressure cooker over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and saute for few seconds. Add the chopped onion, green chilies and saute till the onion turn golden brown in color.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala and saute once again for few seconds.
  • Now drain the soaked Bengal gram dal and add it in the pressure cooker along with 1 Cup of water.
  • Pressure cook the dal for two whistles over medium heat. Turn off the heat. Let the steam release naturally from the pressure cooker.
  • Open the lid, add the soaked rice without water and stir to combine.
  • Now add enough water in the pressure cooker to cook the rice.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the rice cook over slow heat.
  • Turn off the heat and cover the pressure cooker with a lid. Let the pulao sit in this mode for 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Open the lid of the pressure cooker and fluff the rice with a fork or spoon.
  • Serve Chana Dal Pulao along with Pomegranate Raita ( see recipe ).


Recommended Equipment: Pressure Cooker ( buy it here )


Serving: 100Grams | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2.1g | Fiber: 2.9g