Chana Dal Pulao Recipe

Chana Dal Pulao is a delicious and easy pulao recipe, made with rice and chana dal. Serve it as part of your everyday meals. Serve it with Tomato Onion Raita and Satvik Carrot Sprout Salad for the wholesome lunch.

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Chana Dal Pulao Recipe
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Chana Dal Pulao is a traditional Punjabi Cuisine recipe specially prepared on festive occasions like Lohri and Dusshera. 

This recipe is a great one-pot meal idea for the weekend lunch or the light summer meal post indulgent weekend meal.

A combinaion of carbohydrates and proteins all packed in this one meal, that can be packed in lunch boxes or just served as a simple weekday meal.

Serve Chana Dal Pulao Recipe along with Tomato Onion Raita and Satvik Carrot Sprout Salad for the wholesome lunch. 

Did you know: Most pulses have a low glycemic index. Have a bowl of channa dal, moong dal, rajma or kabuli channa with vegetables as a meal by itself. It helps keep blood sugar in control.

If you are looking for more Pulao Recipes, here are some:

  1. Tofu Green Pulao Recipe
  2. Gujarati Batata Pulao Recipe (Sweet And Spicy Pulao Made With Lentils And Potatoes)
  3. Modur Pulao Recipe (Kashmiri Sweet Pulao)
  4. Shahi Vegetable Pulao Recipe With Kohinoor Platinum Basmati Rice

Cuisine: Indian
Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

35 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

65 M


3 Servings


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 3 Onions , thinly sliced
  • 2 Tomatoes , finely chopped
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies
  • 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder , (or pulao masala)
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 2 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Chana Dal Pulao Recipe

  1. To begin making the Chana Dal Pulao, first wash and soak rice for 30 minutes or so before cooking. Similarly clean, wash and soak bengal gram in water for at least 1 hour.

  2. Next heat oil in pressure cooker over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and saute for few seconds till they turn brown in color.

  3. Add the dry red chilies, green chilies and saute for a minute or so. Add the sliced onions and saute till they turn golden brown in color.

  4. Once the onion is sauteed, add the chopped tomatoes, saute till tomato turn soft and mushy. Add salt, turmeric powder and biryani pulao masala, saute once again for few seconds.

  5. Now drain the soaked rice and Bengal gram dal. Add the rice and lentil in the pressure cooker along with 2 cups of water.

  6. Stir to combine. Close the lid of the pressure cooker, put the weight on and let pulao cook over medium heat for one or two whistle.

  7. Turn off the heat and let the steam escape naturally from the pressure cooker. 

  8. Open the lid of the pressure cooker, add the lemon juice and combine with a spoon. 

  9. Serve Chana Dal Pulao Recipe along with Tomato Onion Raita and Satvik Carrot Sprout Salad for the wholesome lunch.