Chana Dal Pulao | Make Healthy Pulao At Home (Recipe)

Japleen Kaur

Recipe by Japleen Kaur

chana dal pulao

Cooking Time

30 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes

  • Chana dal (soaked) - ¼ cup
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Black peppercorns - 1\2 tbsp
  • Brown rice - 1/2 Cup
  • Cloves - 3 to 4
  • Onions sliced - 2 Large size
  • Water - 250 ml
  • Star Anise (chakra phool) - 1 to 2
  • Desi Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Bayleaf - 2
  • Cinnamon Stick - 1 whole
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Chana Dal Pulao recipe is the best alternative to your regular pulao. It’s a perfect light meal to satisfy your cravings for a yummy, healthy and a fulfilling rice option. Moreover, this can be planned in your weight loss journey too whilst being a protein packed option.

    How To Make Chana Dal Pulao

    • Soak chana dal in water for 2 hours and rice for 30 minutes.
    • In a pressure cooker heat ghee and then add cumin seeds, star anise, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, and black peppercorns. Sauté them for a minute.
    • Now add ginger garlic paste and sauté them for a minute or until it gets a light brown color.
    • Further, add sliced onions and cook them for 3-4 minutes or until they get a light brown color and turn translucent.
    • Now add the soaked chana dal and rice and gently mix them. Roast them for a minute with the onions.
    • Lastly, add water, salt and give it a final stir gently.
    • Pressure cook on a medium flame for 2 whistles. Open the lid once the entire steam has been released.

    Health Benefits Of Chana Dal Pulao

    • Chana dal can help in reducing bad cholesterol in our blood.
    • The ingredients used in this recipe are amazing for muscular health.
    • The presence of high protein in chana dal supports our immune system, gearing it up to fight any infections.
    • Brown rice can be beneficial for diabetics and hyperglycemic individuals. It helps reduce insulin surges and assists in the stabilization of blood sugar levels.
    • It also helps in weight control for many people combating obesity.
    • The fiber present in it helps regulate bowel movements and keeps you feeling full.
    • This recipe is thus ideal for ladies suffering from PCOS.


    It might be discouraging when PCOS makes losing weight difficult but it is certainly possible with the right guidance and assistance. So, if you are struggling to lose weight with PCOS, check out our video to know its potential reasons.

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