Monday, September 27, 2021


 Here is a recipe of very delicious Sindhi Degi Chana Pulao. It is cooked with aromatic spices and chana or chickpeas. You can relish it with a simple raita and papad. You don't need any side dish to serve with this pulao. It is as flavourful as any non veg biriyani. It makes a great party dish and a treat for vegetarians.

Basmati rice ..... 2 cups or as needed
Boiled chana or chickpeas .... 1 & 1/4 cups
Birista (crispy fried onions)..... 1/2 cup
Tomatoes ................... 2-3
Green chillies ............ 4-5
Mint leaves ................. handful
Garlic (crushed) ........... 1 tbsp
Ginger (crushed) ........ 1 tbsp
Lemon ........................ 1 (cut into thin slices)
Dried plums (aloo Bukhara) .... 5
Yogurt ........................ 2 tbsps
Cinnamon ................. 2 sticks of 1''
Black cardamom ....... 1
Green cardamoms ..... 5
Cloves ......................... 5
Black pepper corns .....12
Bay leaves ................ 2
Crushed coriander seeds .. 1 tbsp
Crushed cumin seeds ....... 1/2 tbsp
Sindhi Biriyani masala ...... 1/2 tbsp
Kewra essence ................. 2 drops diluted in 2 tbsps of water
Ghee / clarified butter ....... 2-3 tbsps
Oil ................................... 4-5 tbsps
Salt ............................ to taste

1. Soak the rice with sufficient water for at least 30 mins or more.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add the whole spices.
3. When they give out a nice aroma add the crushed coriander and cumin seeds.
4. Next add the ginger and garlic. Saute a bit and add the green chillies and tomatoes.
5. Add little salt and simmer until the tomatoes are cooked.
6. Now add the boiled chana, lemon slices,Aloo bukhara (dried plums) and cook for a minute.
7. Add 4 cups of hot water for 2 cups of rice. Bring it to a boil.
8. Now add the rice, little salt, mint leaves and 3/4 th of birista saving some for garnishing.
9. Cook on medium flame until three-fourth done.
10. Now stir in the diluted kewra essence, give a gentle stir and spoon the ghee on top.
11. Wrap the lid with a clean cloth, place it on the pan with some heavy weight on it.
12. Place it for dum on low flame for 10 minutes.
13. Pulao should be perfectly done now.
14. Serve it in a platter and garnish with some mint leaves, birista and some boiled chana.

Note: Birista is easily available these days. If you don't have it fry 2 large onions to a nice brown colour and use them instead.

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About the group:
Shhhhh Cooking Secretly is a monthly challenge in a facebook group where we are paired with a different partner every month. Two secret ingredients are  chosen by each partner for the other one and we prepare any dish with those ingredients based on the selected theme of the month which was " Exotic Biriyanis & Pulaos " suggested by Swaty Malik. She is an amazing cook. Check out her Zafrani Pulao 
This month I was paired with Priya Vijayakrishnan. She chose GREEN CHILLIES and BIRIYANI MASALA as my secret ingredients. I made this flavourful "Sindhi Degi Chana Pulao" using them.
I gave her GHEE and FRESH COCONUT as her secret ingredients and the dish she prepared is a flavourful Coconut Veg Pulao Do check it out. 


  1. Simply exotic..sindhi style pulao is new to me and I am eagerly waiting to try this. Love the host of exotic spices that have gone into the seasoning of channa pulao

    1. So glad that you liked it Priya. You have to make it sometime.

  2. Sindhi Degi Chana Pulao looks and sounds delicious. Addition of chana makes it a complete meal in itself. I loved the addition of Alu Bukhara. Never used it in pulao. I do have a few in my pantry. Will definitely use them next time.

    1. Thanks for liking the pulao. Do try adding them. They give a slightly sweet and tangy flavour to the dish.

  3. Sindhi Degi Chana Pulao is something completely new to me. I love chana, so I'm sure I will love this pulao. The addition of Sindhi Biryani masala must have made it all the more exotic. What does the masala contain?

    1. Yes, Sindhi biriyani masala makes it really tasty. It has all the exotic spices. Do try it out

  4. Such a flavourful and exotic Sindhi Degi Chana Pulao. Like how it is prepared in a traditional pot, allowing all the flavours and aroma to infuse into the rice preparation. A must try recipe for me as now the weather is getting cold and we are looking for warm comforting food.

    1. Thanks Mayuri. Make and enjoy this piping hot pulao on a cold day. You will surely love it.

  5. Sindhi Channa Biryani sounds so aromatic and looks so good.. I never tried Sindhi biryani masala will love to add it in pulao or biryani whenever I make next.. do you have the reicpe for that..I make Chana biryani n adifferent way, will love to try your version soon.

    1. Thanks for liking Swati. I always buy the Biriyani masala of Shan brand. Nothing can beat the flavours of that. But when I don't get that sometimes I manage with the normal home made garam masala powder.

  6. This Sindhi degi chana pulao is such an aromatic Nf flavorful rice dish especially with the Sindi biryani masala going in.

    1. It definitely is so very flavourful Poonam. Must try sometime.

  7. This Simdhi Degi Chana Pulao looks so delicious and aromatic with the flavors of whole spices and Sindhi biriyani masala. Also never tried adding dried plums to pulao. This is a must try dish.

  8. Chana pulao with Sindhi biryani masala sounds so flavorful and mouthwatering. Barista Kewra water and biryani masala mint, plum and all the spices made this pulao super tempting. Can't wait to try.

  9. Chana pulao is one of my favourite recipe, liked your Sindhi style. All the spices added made this pulao super aromatic and tasty.

    1. Thank you so much for liking the Sindhi Chana pulao

  10. Chickpea pilaf with Sindhi masala and dried plums looks scrumptious. Love this aromatic pilaf. Bookmarking this recipe.

    1. Thanks Preethi. Make and enjoy this flavourful pulao


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