Turmeric Pilaf with Black Chana is an easy, aromatic and tasty one pot Indian rice pilaf cooked with mild spices, turmeric powder and protein rich black chana.
Calling all rice lovers!! Turmeric Pilaf with Black Chana is an aromatic rice pilaf/pulav/fried rice dish that you will surely dig in. Turmeric is the spice of the season and we Indians use it in our everyday cooking very liberally. Most of our savory dishes require turmeric powder. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Although it is easily available in grocery stores, I prefer making it at home myself. Store bought ones add artificial color and preservatives which I don't like. Also the process of making this powder at home is super easy. It's a 1-ingredient recipe. You must check it out. Some other recipes using turmeric as a main ingredient are Turmeric Latte and 5 Varieties of Banana Smoothie.
You can also call this dish 'Yellow Rice'. It was conceived by me when I had nothing else to cook and was super hungry. And that means I am craving for a rice dish. I started rummaging through my pantry and fridge for ingredients to make my flavored rice. Besides some leftover black chana from Black Chana Cooked In Vegan White Gravy recipe, there was nothing else. I have made Chickpea Biryani in the past, so this seemed to be a good alternate option to create a dish to satisfy my hunger pangs. That is when two of my girlfriends messaged me to meet for lunch outside. I told them to come home instead and also mentioned that I was making pulav. They of course very happily agreed to come over. Home food is always better than restaurant food after all!
Beans are good plant-based sources of protein especially for vegetarians. I teamed them up with the goodness of turmeric powder to make this simple rice dish. Here is what you need to do. Wash basmati rice and soak in water for at-least 30 minutes before cooking it. Then add turmeric powder, bay leaf, cloves and salt and cook the rice in a rice cooker. Heat ghee in a pan, temper cumin seeds and then add curry leaves, green chillies, garlic, ginger and onions. Saute till the garlic and onions are cooked. Then add the boiled black chana to the pan and continue to saute for another 2 minutes.
Then add cilantro, kasoori methi and dhania jeera powder. Fry the masala for a minute. Add the cooked yellow rice to this mix and add salt as required. Lastly add a dollop of ghee before taking it off the flame.
Once my girlfriends came over, we enjoyed our lunch over some deep conversations, laughter and food. Our lunch went on for a couple of hours and we didn't even realize it. We had wiped clean the pilaf and were full. We literally couldn't move, we were so stuffed. This turmeric flavored rice is a little heavy for the belly due to the black chana. However, the rice is mildly flavored with the correct amount of spices making it an ideal one pot meal for the whole family.
Turmeric Pilaf with Black Chana
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 1 tbsp turmeric powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cloves
- Salt as required
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 4-5 curry leaves
- 4 green chillies
- Half inch ginger
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1 large onion sliced
- 1 cup boiled black chana
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1-2 tbsp kasoori methi
- 1 tbsp dhania jeera powder
- Ghee for garnish
- Lime juice optional
- Wash basmati rice and soak in water for at-least 30 minutes before cooking it. Then add turmeric powder, bay leaf, cloves and salt and cook the rice in a rice cooker. Heat ghee in a pan, temper cumin seeds and then add curry leaves, green chillies, garlic, ginger and onions. Saute till the garlic and onions are cooked. Then add the boiled black chana to the pan and continue to saute for another 2 minutes.
- Then add cilantro, kasoori methi and dhania jeera powder. Fry the masala for a minute. Add the cooked yellow rice to this mix and add salt as required. Lastly add a dollop of ghee before taking it off the flame. Aromatic Turmeric Pilaf with Black Chana is now ready. Serve this rice dish with papad and raita or even with any pickle.
If you liked this rice recipe, then you can stick around and check out some other recipes similar to this one. Being a voracious rice eater, I have quite a few recipes in my kitty to make with rice. Eggplant Fried Rice | Vangi Bhaat | Brinjal Rice, Vegetarian Thai Chilly Fried Rice, Green Peas Pulav, Broccoli Masala Khichdi, Tomato Soy Pilaf Rice, Traditional Curd Rice, Beetroot & Edamame Fried Rice, Spicy Paneer Biryani, Pepper Rice With Black Eyed Peas and Indian Coconut Rice. Most of them are one pot meals and can be prepared in very less amount of time.