Channa Dal Pulao | One Pot 30 minutes recipe

November 17, 2021 (Last Updated: February 3, 2022)

Have you tried making a pulao with Channa Dal? It is so delicious and comes together in 30 minutes. With aromatic spices like cloves, cardamom, pepper, and cinnamon, it is a treat to make and eat.

I love one-pot meals that come together quickly but I also aim to make these as nutritious as possible by adding legumes, sprouts, paneer and vegetables. With WFH seeming the norm, my lunches are so short and in between meetings. I usually prep a bit during the weekends but cook fresh most of my meals. This meal was made during one such weekday and it was so comforting and easy!

This is a one-pot meal that can be made in a pressure cooker or an Instant Pot. To serve this, I’d recommend a slightly spicy curry and a raitha. We had with a simple aloo capsicum curry today.

One Pot Channa Dal Pulao

Make this quick and nutritious 30 minute pulao with basmati rice, channa dal and minimal spices!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 2 hours


  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5 pepper corns
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp ginfer paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup basmati rice washed, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup soaked channa dal soaked for 2 hours and drained
  • 1/2 tomato, thick slices
  • 1 cup water
  • cashews and corainde leaves for garnish


  • Soak channa dal for 2 hours. If short of time, soak in hot water for one hour. You should be able to slightly break it with your fingers.
  • To a 2L pressure cooker, add ghee/oil, followed by cumin, cinnamon, pepper and chilli. Saute for 30 seconds and then add ginger, garlic paste.
  • Cook for a minute and add onions. Add some salt followed by the soaked channa dal and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • After cooking the dal, add tomato and then the rice.
  • Add hot water, mix well. Taste for salt and cook on a low to medium flame (200C on induction) for 2 whistles. Let pressure release natually.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and fried cashews


  • It is important to add tomatoes ( or any tang) only after the dal is sauteed for a few minutes.
  • I make this without any vegetables and serve with a vegetable side dish, however, you can add chopped carrots, peas, or beans to make it a full meal.
  • This is a very mild pulao and is best served with a spicy side dish.

Want to make in Instant Pot?

Ah, yes. I cook basmati rice for pulao/biryani for 4 minutes on Manual mode and release pressure immediately if there are no vegetables used.

This recipe was made for just two adults, so I have used 1/2 cup of rice. It can easily be doubled or tripled! Just add adequate spice, taste the water to adjust salt, and use a big vessel. It is so simple and tasty!

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