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Pudina Chana Pulav | Mint Chickpeas Rice

As I was shopping groceries, I was totally bewitched by the bracing fragrance of the mint leaves (pudina)! I bought few bunches of the fresh mint. Back home I started thinking the ways I can use these fresh bunch of mint leaves. “Hey why don’t you make Pudina Pulav..?” This was Ganesha. It’s a pleasure to cook for the loved ones, isn’t it? I geared up to prepare hubby pie’s favorite Pudina Pulav 🙂 It did come out very well. Here is the appetizing Pudina Chana pulav recipe.

Pudina Chana Pulav with Cucumber raita and Raw Banana (Vazhakai) curry
Pudina Chana Pulav with Cucumber raita and Raw Banana (Vazhakai) curry


Basmati Rice: 1 cup
Pudina (Mint leaves): 1 bunch
Chana (Chickpeas): ½ cup
Onion: 1
Green chilies: 3
Grated coconut: 3 tbsp
Cloves: 2 pieces
Pepper: 2-3 pieces
Cumin seeds: 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds: ½ tbsp
Salt: to taste
Asafetida: a pinch

Preparation Method:

  • Soak the chana overnight.
  • Drain the water from the chana and pressure cook the same.
  • Clean the mint leaves.
  • Grind mint leaves, coconut, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, pepper, cloves and green chilies.
  • Heat oil and do seasoning with mustard seeds.
  • Sauté onion till it turns brownish.
  • Now add the mint paste and chana, allow it to cook for 3 mins.
  • Add salt and asafetida.
  • Meanwhile clean the rice and soak it in water
  • Now add the soaked rice to the mint paste and fry it in low flame for 1 min.
  • Add 1 ¼ cups of water and pressure cook the mixture for 2-3 whistles.
  • Garnish the pulav with mint or coriander leaves and serve hot.

Pudina channa pulav can be served with any raita.


  • Fresh coriander leaves can be used instead of coriander seeds.
  • You can also add garlic and ginger to the recipe.

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72 replies on “Pudina Chana Pulav | Mint Chickpeas Rice”


Tempts me to try and I certainly will! Can already feel the pudina aroma doing the rounds :-)- I bet you would have scored high yet again, but can we have Arvind’s first hand comments? From the horse’s mouth?!!!

And yes, Banana curry is a heavenly combi with lots of such mixed rice varieties…Coconut rice plus banana curry for one, is mesmerising!

Wish you good luck in your constant voyage in your techie kitchen!

Oh it was heavenly!! didn’t think that pudina could be used to make such a lovely pulav. Was literally licking my fingers when it got over…. 🙂

Oh wow ! This looks awesome. Very tempting. I can already feel my stomach rumbling… 🙂 Another one from our very own Chef Anu

Hi First time here you have a very cool space…the pudina pulao looks very inviting and your banana rava cake below sounded fantastic….great job with the site 🙂

Hi… This is my first visit to your blog.. You have a beautiful place here. We both share the same name too..
Mint pulao looks delicious! I can sense the aroma of the mint leaves here rite now …

Hey, Pudina Chana Pulav really came out very nice. Especially anna liked very much and amma appreciated me, (all credit goes to u). I told this receipe to my Colleagues, sangeetha tried it. she got lots of appreciations from her family members. she thanked u for that. Well even i thank u for this simple yummy pulav.

Just to tell a Thank you for the Pudina Chana Pulav recipe. I had never heard of including Chana as an ingredient for Pulav, but the recipe was great – really liked it as it was so easy to make and tastes really good.

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