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Chickpea rice in a copper bowl garnished with onion and lime slices more rice in the background.

Chickpea rice

Chickpea rice or Garbanzo beans rice, also known as chole pulao is a delicious vegan & gluten-free, one-pot meal recipe from India. It is prepared by cooking rice and chickpeas in a delicious onion-tomato sauce flavored with Indian spices. The dish is vegan and gluten-free.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 326kcal


  • Cooking pot



  • Heat oil in a pot. Add all the whole spices and saute for a few seconds or until they become fragrant.
  • Add sliced onion and cook until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and saute until the raw smell of garlic goes away.
  • Next, add all the powdered spices and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, green chilies, and salt. Cook until the tomatoes turn mushy and are nicely cooked.
  • Add uncooked rice and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add cooked chickpeas, water, and cilantro. Mix everything.
  • Cover the pot and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is nicely cooked.
  • Switch off the stove and don't remove the lid for at least 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, remove the lid. Fluff rice with a fork. Add more cilantro and lime juice. Mix and enjoy!


  1. The rice and water ratio may vary depending upon the quality of rice you are using.
  2. If you feel that the water you have added is not enough, add little boiling water to the pot.
  3. If you feel the amount of water is slightly more than required, remove the lid and cook uncovered.
  4. If you are using canned chickpeas in this recipe, rinse them before using.
  5. You may make a similar dish using other beans too like kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, or black-eyed beans.
  6. More easy recipe tips and tricks are given within the post above, please follow them to make this dish.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 3mg