Chana (Chole) Masala Rice | Curried Chickpea Rice ~ Indian Style | Easy Lunch Recipes for Kids | Step by Step Recipe

>>  Friday, February 17, 2012

For the second day I decided to make Channa Masala Rice. The inspiration again for this comes from my Sil who said this was part of the regular lunch box she makes. She said it becomes even simpler as she makes a gravy for the morning breakfast and rice for the afternoon lunch. Wish it was so simple at my place.

Anyway I didn't actually note down what she adds so when it was time for me to make, I decided I might as well make use of the store bought channa masala and mix cooked rice. I was sure it will end up being very tasty. As expected Konda liked it so much. I packed some baked chips as the side and you can imagine how wonderful it must have been.

After making it, I had kept a little for us to taste and I really wished I had the sense to make it for ourselves also. The box you see is Konda's lunch box in strawberry mold. It came with it's own fork and spoon, unfortunately lost the fork, the pretty spoon is what you see being used in the Chocolate Kulfi

Apart from the food that we pack in, it's also the boxes that interest the kids. I have always noticed that they are very happy when I get them new ones or keep changing. If the boxes are attractive, then there is no fussing about it. That reminds me of a post I did with attractive plates and bowls for the kids.

Channa Masala Rice  | Curried Chickpea Rice

Cooked Rice - 1 cup
Boiled Channa - 3/4 cup
Onion - 1/2 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/4 tsp
Channa masala - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric a pinch
Coriander leaves
Ghee - 1/4 tsp

How to make Channa Masala Rice

We are assuming you already have cooked rice at hand. Else wash and soak rice for 15 mins, pressure cook till done.

Channa/ chickpea needs to be soaked overnight or at least six hours. This also can be done ahead and refrigerated for using when you want to make this rice.

To make the rice:

Heat a non stick pan with oil. Saute onions till it turns brownish, add ginger garlic paste, cook for couple of minutes. 

Add finely chopped tomatoes and salt turmeric powder. Simmer and cover with lid. Cook till the tomatoes are soft and cooked. Add rest of the masalas, combine everything well.

Finally add the drained cooked channa and mix. Simmer for couple of minutes for the masalas to steep in.

Next add cooked rice and combine, finally add the coriander leaves.

This was Peddu's Lunch box and Breakfast


As both channa and rice is cooked ahead, you can either use the water from chana for cooking rice. 
Use tomato puree instead of whole tomatoes for cooking faster and also to remove the skin.

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Anu February 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM  

Yum and healthy rice

Harini February 17, 2012 at 7:55 AM  

I can see packing this for my older one!! I usually mix chana masala and rice for her lunch box :)

anusha praveen February 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM  

I wish someone packs lunches and breakfasts like these for me valli cute

Rasi February 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM  

This is pretty nice and easy recipe..good idea.. can make cholay and rice too!

vaishali sabnani February 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM  

I make these too ...but with a variation...may b post them sometime later:)...these look good...

Preeti Garg February 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM  

Awesome recipe:)....

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Tina February 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM  

simple and delicious.

Suchi February 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM  

Hi Srivalli, I am new to your blog. Lovely chana masala rice...I usually make this with left over chana...following you :-)

Hemavathi Murari February 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM  

nice chole rice for a lunch.
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foodiliciousnan February 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM  

I wouldn't mind this in my lunch box either Srivalli :)

veena krishnakumar February 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM  

This is nice to me!!

Aarthi February 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM  

This looks awesome and yummy


The Pumpkin Farm February 17, 2012 at 8:56 PM  

this looks yummy Valli, would love to pack for my little onw when times comes

Nalini's Kitchen February 17, 2012 at 9:53 PM  

Delicious and yummy rice...

sangee vijay February 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM  

very nutritious and yummy rice...great recipe!
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vidhas February 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM  

My kids also love this. I also make this way. Kids delite receipe.

Suma Gandlur February 18, 2012 at 1:21 AM  

Sounds yummy. I too have a chana rice recipe for next week. :)

Gayathri Kumar February 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM  

Very interesting recipe..

PJ February 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM  

Rightly said Srivalli, shapes and color of the lunch box too influence the kids eating habits. This rice is something I would love to try for Lil one.She loves channa...

sushma February 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM  

Mouth watering marked.

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