Pakistani Chickpeas Pulao Recipe With Sweet Hot Date Onion Chutney

Pakistani Chickpeas Pulao, a delicious Pulav which is filled with proteins and is apt for your weekend meals or house party meals. You can also make this for your weekday dinner.

Karthika Gopalakrishnan
Pakistani Chickpeas Pulao Recipe With Sweet Hot Date Onion Chutney
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Chickpeas Pulao is one of the common dishes that is often prepared in Pakistan. Pakistani Chickpeas Pulao Recipe is slightly saucy with the mixture of rice and chickpeas and is packed with spices. This is surely a warm and comforting food.

This pulao is sure a star in parties and a best lunch box recipe with needed proteins. Onion date chutney has dates with smoky sweetness and chillies with real hotness and tastes great with the Chickpeas Pulao.

Serve the Pakistani Chickpeas Pulao With Sweet Hot Date Onion Chutney, Burani Raita and a roasted Papad for a delicious meal.

If you like this recipe, do give these Pulao Recipes a try too, which are equally delicious and flavourful:

  1. Kashmiri Pulao Recipe
  2. Chana Pulao Recipe
  3. Egg Pulao Recipe


Prep in

45 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

75 M


4 Servings


    For Pulao:
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 1 cup Kabuli Chana (White Chickpeas)
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Onion , thinly sliced
  • 2 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
  • 1 Bay leaf (tej patta)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 2 Cloves (Laung)
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
  • Salt , as required
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , for garnish, chopped
  • For Chutney:
  • 1 Onion , thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame (Gingelly) Oil
  • 1/2 cup Dates , pitted
  • 4 Fresh Red Chilli
  • Salt , as required

How to make Pakistani Chickpeas Pulao Recipe With Sweet Hot Date Onion Chutney

  1. To begin with Pakistani Chickpeas Pulao With Sweet Hot Date Onion Chutney, firstly soak chick peas for an hour. Cook chickpeas in a pressure cooker with water for 3 whistles. Drain the water from the cooked chickpeas, mix salt and keep it aside.

  2. On the other hand, soak the basmati rice for 30 minutes.

  3. In a medium pan/pressure cooker, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf and onion. Sauté onion until they become soft and transparent.

  4. Once the onions are cooked, add ginger garlic paste and mix well. Add cooked chickpeas, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and mix everything properly. Cook for about a minute.

  5. After a minute, add soaked basmati rice and required amount of water. Cover and cook until the water is drained and rice is cooked well. In case of using pressure cooker, cook over medium heat for 2 whistles. Garnish it with coriander.

  6. The next step is to make the Sweet Hot Date Onion Chutney. Firstly, soak the red chilies in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes and keep it aside.

  7. Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan and add onions. Add required amount of salt.

  8. Sauté until the onions become slightly brown. Once browned, remove from the stovetop and keep them aside.

  9. Chop dates finely. It’s good to soak dates in water for 10 minutes so that it can be chopped easily.

  10. Drain water from chilies. Grind chopped dates and chilies in a mixer for about 5 minutes. Add the onion mixture and grind to a fine smooth paste in a mixer grinder and the chutney is ready to be served.

  11. Serve the Pakistani Chickpeas Pulao With Sweet Hot Date Onion Chutney, Burani Raita and a roasted Papad for a delicious meal.