Quick One Pot Chana Pulao From Leftover Chole

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

I always somehow seek comfort in One Pot Meals, especially One Pot Rice dishes that get done in a Pressure Cooker & under 30 minutes.

Sometimes, I also convert leftover gravies into Pulao, like this Biryani that I made with leftover Vegetable Kurma & I immensely enjoy putting  it  together because  it tastes amazing & a fewer vegetables to cut & fewer dishes to clean 

I make One Pot Meals several times a week, & I do have a few favorites that I keep going back to. 

One Pot Chole Pulao

I made this Chole Pulao made with leftover Chole/Chana Masala. This is perfect when there is leftover Chana Masala but  I am not really in a mood to roll some Chapatis.

Just a bit of sliced Onions, some Tomatoes, A bit of spices, Some Rice & leftover Chole & this gets done in 20 minutes. This makes for a perfect weeknight dinner  with a Raita & Salad on the side 

Serves 4


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1.5 cups Leftover Chole
  • 1 large Onion - sliced lengthwise 
  • 2 tablespoon Tomato Paste or 1 large Tomato - chopped
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chole Masala
  • 1 teaspoon Kasuri Methi 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kitchen King Masala 
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tablespoon Cooking Oil 

Wash Basmati in several changes of water until the water runs clear. Drain & Set aside for later use

In a Pressure Cooker, Heat oil. Add Bay Leaves & Splutter Cumin seeds

Add sliced onions & sauté with pinch of salt for 3-4 minutes 

Add leftover Chole/Chana Masala, Tomato Paste/Chopped tomatoes, Red Chilli Powder, Chole Masala, Kasuri Methi & Kitchen King Masala & sauté until the spiced are well cooked for about 5 minutes 

Add Basmati Rice & add 1.25 cups of water & Add salt 

Mix well, Deglaze the Pot & close the lid & cook for 1 whistle 

Let the pressure settle down & after it cools down a bit, fluff gently with a fork

Garnish with some chopped Mint & fresh coriander if you wish to

Serve with Raita & some sliced cucumbers on the side 


You can also add additional vegetables if needed. I usually do not add anything extra. But I I feel that it can do with some more chickpeas, I soak a little bit of chickpeas for a 2-3 hours & then add them before pressure cooking 

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