Kabuli Pulao | Channa Pulao ~ Easy Kids Lunch Box Recipe

>>  Wednesday, February 13, 2013

For the final day of Healthy lunches, I made this Kabuli Pulao for Konda's Lunch Box. This was different from the Channa Pulao that I have already. The difference in this is the addition of fresh Pomegranate seeds which gave a nice tart taste to the rice.

Since I was going to pair it with just Onion Raitha, I added more chilies and chili flakes as well to get a spicy food. Konda eats spicy food these days, so it wasn't a problem. Else you might have to reduce the green chilies and chili flakes.

Sending this to PJ, who is hosting my Kid's Delight Event, themed on Healthy Lunch Box Recipes.


Kabuli Pulao

Ingredients Needed

Rice - 2 cups
Kabuli channa - 1 cup
Cooking Oil - 3 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 3/4 tsp
Onion - 2 medium
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Curds / Yoghurt - 2 tbsp
Green Chili - 2 long
Red Chili Flakes - 1/2 tsp
Pomegranate seeds fresh - 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Coriander Leaves fresh - handful

Whole Spice

Clove - 2
Cinnamon - 2"
Cardomon - 2
Bay Leaf - 1 long
Star Anise - 1

How to make Kabuli Pulao

Soak channa over night and pressure cook till tender.

Wash and soak the rice in water for 15 - 20 mins

In a pressure cooker, heat oil, add all the whole spices. Then saute onion juliennes  add ginger garlic paste, chopped green chilies along with coriander leaves. Saute for a while.

Next add chopped tomatoes and add salt, chili flakes. Simmer for the tomatoes to turn soft.When the tomatoes are soft, add the fresh pomegranate seeds, curds. Allow the mix to get cooked for few minutes.

Drain the water from boiled channa, add to the cooker and saute well. Next add the drained rice and combine everything well.

Now measure water to 4 cups, the water from the channa can be used along with regular water. Bring to boil and then adjust spice, cover with lid and cook for 2 -3 whistles,

Let the pressure fall, before checking the rice.

Serve with Onion Raitha.


After cooking, the juice of the fresh seeds were adsorbed and only the seeds were left in the rice, that gave a nutty feel every time you bite into one. So instead you can crush the juice and use only that and discard the seeds.

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Pavani February 14, 2013 at 12:50 AM  

yummy looking rice dish. Love the addition of pomegranate seeds--nutty, tart & healthy too.

Arthy Suman February 14, 2013 at 4:21 AM  

Pulao looks very inviting n healthy.....

ANU February 14, 2013 at 4:44 AM  

yummy and healthy pulav.....
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Manju February 14, 2013 at 7:14 AM  

Interesting. Need to try this pomegranate..

Suma Gandlur February 14, 2013 at 8:15 AM  

Pomegranate is an interesting addition to this nutrition packed dish.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan February 14, 2013 at 8:16 AM  

Sounds very interesting with the pomegranate! I would love to eat this :)

Nisha Sundar February 14, 2013 at 9:30 AM  

channa in any dish is good. Protien pack for kids!!

Nivedhanams Sowmya February 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM  

delicious looking rice!!! perfect for lunchbox!!
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divya February 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM  

looks delicious n healthy...

Foodiliciousnan February 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM  

Pomegranate sounds very interesting. Maybe you could add them right at the end so they retain the shape? It is just a thought

Priya February 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM  

Healthy and protein rich pulao,love the addition of pomegranate seeds here, they would have given a extra taste to the pulao na.

Preeti Garg February 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM  

Healthy meal for anytime food

secondattemptinblogging February 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM  

OMG, you are awesome to take the effort of picturing each and every step , you must be loving your cooking unconditionally. Kudos to you!! Great blog & recipes!!

Chef Mireille February 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM  

pomegranate must have added a nice tang - I really like this one!

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi February 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM  

Wow, looks very appetizing. never added pomegranate to pulao..

Julian Levi April 9, 2013 at 2:44 PM  

hmm it looks really yummy...i loved your recipe... just take a look on children lunch boxes,kids plates

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