Hara Channa Pulao

My family’s favorite Pulao ~ Hara Channa (Green Chickpeas) Pulao

Fresh Hara Channa
Fresh Hara Channa (Green Chickpeas) in it’s pod

Pulav or Pulao or Pilaf is usually a medley of vegetables or just a few, cooked with rice and spices. The variety is just innumerable. Today, I will share with you one recipe that will blow your mind off; Okay, not literally, but you get the point that how tasty it will be. The pulav is made of hara channa. Yes, it’s Hara Channa. Not many people make pulav with this wonderful, protein packed legume, but once you make it, you will be so glad you did.

Hara Channa is seasonal but frozen ones are available all year around. I went for grocery shopping this week and found hara channa so fresh that right then I decided to make it for the next day and bought it. It comes in a pod very similar to peas. Agreed, it is a bit tedious work to remove the legume from it’s pod but trust me, it’s all worth the effort.

(Makes for 6 people)
2 cups Basmati rice soaked for atleast 30 mins
1 – 2 cups hara channa
1 small onion chopped
A few cloves, whole peppercorns, 1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp oil
1 -2 green chili slit
2 tsp jeera or cumin seeds
1 -2 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp dhania or coriander powder
A few golden raisins (kishmish)
2 elaichi or cardamom slit open and preferably powdered
Salt to taste

Heat oil in a pan and add jeera. Then add the cloves, cinnamon stick, peppercorns and let the aroma infuse in the oil, then add the onions and saute well. Add the hara channa and saute for a few more minutes. Add the red chili powder & dhania powder. Now add the rice without the water and mix well so that the oil coats each grain. Then add twice the amount of water, salt and kishmish and bring it to a boil. Cover it with a lid and lower the flame to low and let it cook for another 10 -15 minutes. Mix gently in between so that the rice does not stick to the bottom of the vessel. When the rice is almost done, turn off the heat but keep the lid covered so that the further cooking can happen from the remaining hot steam from the rice itself. Squeeze some lime juice and garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with raita and you will be very happy to learn this delicious recipe.

A spoonful of Hara Channa Pulao

Tip: If you do not find fresh or frozen hara channa, use dried or canned chickpeas(garbanzo beans) instead. Of course, you need to soak the dried chickpeas overnight, cook it and then use in this dish while cooking rice.

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9 Responses to Hara Channa Pulao

  1. Wow! Those green garbanzo beans are beautiful! I have never seen them like that before!
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  2. Susan says:

    Hi, this is a first for me! Such color and beauty! I’m assuming I can get these frozen in an Indian grocer? Thank you for this amazing recipe!

  3. 365daysveg says:

    Jenn, Susan, thanks for your wonderful comments. Susan, you can certainly find hara channa in the frozen section at an Indian grocery. But try to see if you can find fresh ones like the one above in my picture. It makes a heck of a difference in taste and melts in your mouth 🙂

  4. Mona says:

    Hi Priya, I used to have these geeen garbanzo beans quite often in Hyderabad. We called them ‘boot’ 🙂 Missing them a loooooot.

  5. masalamagic says:

    Very beautiful! Nothing to beat fresh hara channa! The frozen ones don’t really taste the same. Have u made this pulav with the frozen variety? We dotn get the fresh ones here.
    My first tiem here. You have a lovely blog with awesome pictures! Will be a regular now. Good luck!

  6. 365daysveg says:

    First of all thanks so much to everyone for stopping by and for your wonderful comments.
    Masalamagic, I have tried Hara Channa Pulao with frozen ones but they don’t nearly come fresh in taste as fresh hara channa. Also the color of hara channa seemed to change to dark greenish brown if frozen is used. But it’s better than not having it at all 🙂

  7. Vrinda says:

    you convinced me, I am going to try it soon.

  8. Farah says:

    Ohhh.. you reminded me of what I am missing the most.. food of india. Here We don’t get fresh Hara Channa. I miss Hara channa Pulao… Thanks

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      HI Farah, thanks so much for taking time to look at the recipe. in the US hara chana comes seasonally, so I do take advantage of it when it is available.

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