Brown Rice Chickpea Pulao

Brown Rice Chickpea Pulao is a vegan and gluten free one pot complete meal. It has the goodness of essential nutrients from chickpeas aka garbanzo beans and a bit healthier than the white Rice as it is made using Brown Rice.

Brown Rice Chickpea Pulao

Brown rice is whole-grain rice with the inedible outer hull removed; white rice is the same grain with the hull, bran layer, and cereal germ removed. Red rice, gold rice, and black rice (also called purple rice) are all whole rices, but with differently pigmented outer layers. (Source Wiki)

Brown rice is considered to be a healthier option than white rice. I am not going into details of the benefits, one can read more about it on net. But I would say it is a good replacement for white rice.

Brown Rice Chickpea Pulao

This was my second try with brown rice. It definitely takes a lot more time to cook and has a chewy and a nuttier texture. My first trial long back with brown rice was making plain rice and I gave up because it took a lot of time. I used the remaining rice in my Idli dosa batter.

This time I was determined on making a dish with Brown Rice. I took some inputs from mys sister as she uses brown rice. And she was like I do not like it and I will not attempt a biryani or pulao with it. Still I went ahead to make this Brown Rice Chickpea Pulao.

My reason was if I dont like the rice, atleast I would have chickpea to balance out the taste and flavours. I was happy with the results. The pulao was filling due to Brown rice and chickpea. Me and my son enjoyed this as our lunch.

Brown Rice Chickpea Pulao

It is said that it takes twice the amount of water for a cup of rice. For me this Rice took almost 3 times the water to cook. I was getting a bit impatient and worried as the rice does not fluff like a typical white Basmati Rice. I then googled a few pics, and was assured that I am on the correct path.

I have adapted this recipe from my friend’s blog. I have replaced the white rice here with Brown Rice.

So here goes the recipe:


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cups Brown Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 Cup boiled Chickpeas
  • 1 small onion, chopped lengthwise
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 Black cardamom
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1.5-2 Cups water

Instructions

  • Rinse and Soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  • In a wok or a heavy bottom pan add the oil.
  • Once it gets a bit hot add the onions.
  • Shallow fry them until they turn a bit brown.
  • Now add the ginger paste, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, coriander seeds, cardamom, Bay Leaf and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add turmeric and 1/4 cup water and let the masala simmer on slow for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the boiled chickpeas and rice and give everything a quick stir.
  • Add the remaining water and let the mix come to a boil.
  • Once you get a boil, reduce the stove to medium and let the rice cook.
  • Once you see the water is reduced to 1/2 cup reduce the stove to minimum and let the rice cook until all the water is absorbed.
  • Do not stir too frequently or you will break the rice.
  • Once the rice is done switch off and let the pulao rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve it with Raita or yogurt.

Notes

  • 1 Cup =235 ml
  • 1 tablespoon =15 ml.



Rice recipes on my blog:


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Brown Rice Chickpea Pulao
Brown Rice Chickpea Pulao
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Soaking Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Brown Rice Chickpea Pulao is a vegan, gluten free and a nutritious one pot pulao perfect for your lunchboxes or for your parties.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Brown Rice, Chickpea, Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 2
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cups Brown Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 Cup boiled Chickpeas
  • 1 small onion chopped lengthwise
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 Black cardamom
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1.5-2 Cups water
Instructions
  1. Rinse and Soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  2. In a wok or a heavy bottom pan add the oil.
  3. Once it gets a bit hot add the onions.
  4. Shallow fry them until they turn a bit brown.
  5. Now add the ginger paste, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, coriander seeds, cardamom, Bay Leaf and saute for 2-3 minutes.

  6. Add turmeric and 1/4 cup water and let the masala simmer on slow for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Now add the boiled chickpeas and rice and give everything a quick stir.
  8. Add the remaining water and let the mix come to a boil.
  9. Once you get a boil, reduce the stove to medium and let the rice cook.
  10. Once you see the water is reduced to 1/2 cup reduce the stove to minimum and let the rice cook until all the water is absorbed.
  11. Do not stir too frequently or you will break the rice.
  12. Once the rice is done switch off and let the pulao rest for 10-15 minutes.
  13. Serve it with Raita or yogurt.
Recipe Notes
  • 1 Cup =235 ml
  • 1 tablespoon =15 ml.


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