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Tomato-Potato-Channa Pulao

Posted By Vardhini On July 12, 2011 @ 6:45 am In Healthy Recipes,Indian,Main Dish,Quick & Easy,Under 30 minutes | 36 Comments

Coming home from work I have 2 hungry kids ready to pounce on anything and everything and by dinnertime they are not hungry anymore. The 6 yr old is a bit understanding (I mean a bit !!) whereas the 3 yr old does not believe in listening and wants everything. I cannot cook anything elaborate on such days and I resort to simple recipes. This is one such recipe which can be made in a jiffy for those tiring nights and since it is a one pot meal there is less cleanup to do. This recipe was bookmarked from a blog years ago and I have made my modifications to it.
Multitasking also helps get this done faster. While the rice is cooking make the raita. I have also served pulao with just plain yogurt for the kids. I normally keep cooked garbanzo in the freezer, but feel free to use peas instead. Overall this is a healthy and tasty dish. Off to the recipe.


Ingredients
1 tbsp oil
Cloves and cinnamon

4 cloves garlic crushed
1 inch ginger crushed
1/2 medium onion chopped
3 green chillies
3 tomatoes
2 small potatoes
1 cup cooked channa (garbanzo / chickpeas)
1.5 cups basmati rice
3 cups water
Salt
1/2 tsp chilly powder/sambar powder
Pinch of turmeric
Coriander leaves for garnishing (Optional)
Method
Wash the rice and soak for 30 minutes. The main ingredients at a glance.

Heat oil and add cinnamon, cloves, ginger and garlic. Saute for a couple of minutes.

Add the onions and green chillies.

Saute until onions are cooked.

Next add the tomatoes.

Cook until tomatoes turn mushy.

Add the potatoes and channa.

Add the rice.

Add water.

Add salt, turmeric and chilly powder. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Turn flame to simmer when the water starts boiling.

Rice is done. Garnish with coriander leaves.

That is it. Simple, tasty and healthy pulao ready. We had it with spinach raita.

Enjoy!

Tips
1. Cook and freeze garbanzo. I add a handful to pulaos, upmas, etc.
2. Ginger paste and garlic paste can also be used instead of fresh ginger and garlic.

Sending this to Aipi and Priya’s bookmarked recipes.


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