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Channa Masala or Chole Masala is a popular vegetable dish in Pakistani cuisine & Indian cuisine. In India, it is often eaten with a type of fried bread and is known as Chole bhature (puffed poori). There are so many ways of making this and people add and eliminate spices according to their taste and preferences.  Here is the recipe for the Channa Masala/Chole Masala which I have posted earlier.  But the recipe which I am posting today is Channa rice/Channa chawal/Channa pulao which is very very flavorful and it is prepared using the leftover Punjabi chole/channa masala.  It is truly finger licking good.  



Basmati rice - 1 cup
Left over chole or channa masala - 1 cup (See the recipe here)
Tomato - 1/2 cubed
Whole spices - cardamom, cinnamon and clove each 1
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp or as needed
Oil - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves for garnishing



1. Wash and soak the rice.  Keep it aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Heat oil in the pan followed by cumin and the whole spices.
3. Once it splutters add the chopped tomato followed by leftover chole masala.
4. Sauté for few minutes, add chilli powder and salt.
5. Add the washed rice.
6. Pour the measured boiling water.  Check for salt.
7. Close the pan or cooker with the lid.
8. Keep the heat to low.  Cook the rice until all the moisture is absorbed.
9. Garnish with the chopped coriander.

Serve hot with your favorite raita !!!

chef and her kitchen  – (March 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM)  

I do almost d same..hubby loves this wid black chana n I love wid kabuli way 2 utilize left over chana

Unknown  – (March 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM)  

Looks so flavourful and yummy...beautiful clicks

Ambika  – (March 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM)  

LOVE it pavi!! Its almost lunchtime and I am so hungry now! I think I'll make channa masala just to make this rice. The photos are absolutely gorgeous!!

priya  – (March 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM)  

never heard of channa masala rice...looks so tempting!

FewMinute Wonders  – (March 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM)  

I see a lot of recipes with channa in it, looks like you are using chole. Very nice.

Umm Mymoonah  – (March 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM)  

Both leftovers together have created wonders, no doubt about this recipe. Pictures are awesome as always :)

Reva  – (March 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM)  

Lovely pics Pavi and the idea of not wasting left overs and creating something just as delicious is wonderful..:))
Looks awesome and tasty..:) I wish I was near your home in US and not in UK..:)

schmetterlingwords  – (March 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM)  

The chana chawal looks very appetizing and flavorful... Clicks are awesome!!

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Namitha  – (March 19, 2012 at 1:54 PM)  

I will def try this when I make chole next time :-) love chana pulao

Spice up the Curry  – (March 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM)  

great way to use leftover. Pulao looks yumm

Nitha  – (March 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM)  

Lovely idea... awesome clicks..

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (March 19, 2012 at 5:58 PM)  

my daughter is a big fan of this, can't take eyes from the clicks. esp the raitha pic. Beautiful presentation as always

KrithisKitchen  – (March 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM)  

Love this dum briyani.. simple and super tasty..
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Shabitha Karthikeyan  – (March 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM)  

Healthy and tasty rice recipe !! No words about the clicks they are really good !!

Aarthi  – (March 19, 2012 at 11:37 PM)  

love that pilaf..yummy looking rice

Anu Nandu  – (March 20, 2012 at 12:01 AM)  

Absolutely gorgeous Pavi! do you use anardhana at the end for chole? It tastes really good! Love the raitha picture. So cute actually!

lata raja  – (March 20, 2012 at 12:47 AM)  

I sometimes make use of leftover masalas in a pulav rice dish. You have very wondefully combined a classic channa masala in the rice. Love the combination with the raita in the picture!

Anonymous –   – (March 20, 2012 at 2:43 AM)  

Absolutely scrumptious - going over to check out the channa masala recipe right now!

Katerina  – (March 20, 2012 at 2:55 AM)  

Thank you for stopping by blog! You have a beautiful home with gorgeous food and pictures!

radha  – (March 20, 2012 at 5:18 AM)  

Very nice. and the pictures too.

My Kitchen Antics  – (March 20, 2012 at 6:24 AM)  

i am def bookmarking this for a lazy sunday lunch.

anjana  – (March 20, 2012 at 6:33 AM)  

looks very tempting and delicious ,great recipe to use left over chana masala...

Sonia  – (March 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM)  

Hi There, The channa rice is looking so delightful and appetizing. A very well made post with beautiful pictures.Loved it. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

Unknown  – (March 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM)  

Nice use of leftover masala...beautiful clicks

San  – (March 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM)  

Aromatic rice pavi. Thanks for sharing such a flavorful dish.

Zareena  – (March 21, 2012 at 9:29 AM)  

Lovely and excellent rice. Wonderful snaps.

Anonymous –   – (March 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM)  

YUMMY! We love cholle masala in our household. Never thought of adding it into rice (pulou type)!

Kiran @

Anonymous –   – (March 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM)  

I love chana masala but never really cooked it with rice. I make something similar with Nutrella Soya chunk though. Looks delicious and Arvind loves chana masala.

Rumana Rawat  – (May 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM)  

What a delicious treat to eyes...

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