Simple Black Chickpeas Pulao || Kala Chana Pulao

Simple Black Chickpeas Pulao || Kala Chana Pulao

Chickpeas are the most favorite vegan food in our home. Our non-vegetarian picks are very limited – we buy only prawns and fish. Nothing else, no crabs or squids etc.,!! So we have to cook something that bridges the gap and the chickpeas are always on top of the list.

But we make a variety of dishes with them – curries, stews etc., Pulao and Biryani too.. So simple and perfect for weeknights.

Black Chana Pulao -
Black Chana Pulao –

We make this pulao in our home because it is simple to make!! IF you are wondering what’s simple about making biryani or pulao at home, check out my recipe.

This recipe is simple, quick and mostly automatic thanks to the instant pot.

Black Chana Pulao -
Black Chana Pulao –

So back to making instant pot pulao or biryani -yes, making pulao does involve loads of preparation like slicing, chopping, cleaning herbs etc., but the end result will be worth it. Which is why you must try this recipe.

Kala Chana Pulao -

Simple Black Chickpeas Pulao in Instant Pot

Parveen’s Kitchen
A delicious, fragrant and yummy and super simple Black Chickpeas Pulao recipe. This recipe is a very good option to make for weekday dinners as it has minimum preparation time.
Calories 260 kcal


  • 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste Peel and grind the garlic and ginger into a fine paste.
  • 150 Cooked Black Chickpeas Kala Chana- Soaked and cooked
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil Use any Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp Whole Spices Cinnamon Bark, cloves and a bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Large Onion Sliced
  • 1 Small Tomato Cut into pieces
  • 3 Whole Green Chilli No need to cut or slit.
  • 3-4 Sprigs Coriander Leaves Cleaned and chopped
  • 3-4 Sprigs Fresh Mint Cleaned and chopped
  • 1/2 Lemon Juiced Or Use 1 tsp of bottled juice
  • 1 tbsp Thick Yogurt Optional
  • 1 tsp Salt Adjust as per taste
  • 1 1/4 Cup Basmati rice Washed and drained. Use Regular Rice if you like.
  • 1 3/4 Cups Water If using regular rice add only 2 1/2 cups of water


  • Switch On your instant pot, and set SAUTE mode.
  • Add oil, whole spices and wait until they heat up.
  • Add few slices of onion and add the ginger garlic paste. Saute well.
  • Once the ginger garlic paste is cooked, slightly browned add the rest of the onions, tomato, green chilli, and all the cooked chickpeas. Cook for a few minutes, say 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the chopped mint and coriander leaves. Saute for half a minute.
  • Add the salt. Mix well.
  • Add the lemon juice and yogurt. Mix well.
  • Add the cleaned rice and mix.
  • Add the water [See note for the rice type]
  • Cancel the Saute mode.
  • Close the instant pot lid. Seal the pressure valve.
  • Set the RICE mode and relax!!
  • Once the timer is off in the instant pot, quick or natural release as per your wish.
  • Open the lid after venting the pressure completely and give the rice a quick mix.
  • Server hot with mint chutney and raita.


  1. Use any rice you have – For 1 cup rice you will need 2 cups of water in general. If using basmati rice, for 1 cup rice add only 1 1/2 cups of water.
  2. Follow the instant pot method and guidelines properly.
  3. Serve hot although the pulao will stay warm for a long time in the instant pot.
Black Chana Pulao -
Black Chana Pulao –

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