Achari Chana Pulao Recipe, How to make Pickled Kabuli Chana Pulao Recipe | Pulao Recipes

Achari Chana Pulao recipe step by step photos - It is one-pot meal recipe of chana pulao which is spiced with mango pickle. So aromatic and delicious rice recipe.

Pulao are always simple and quick fuss free recipe to prepare on busy days and sometimes when you are lazy to prepare full meal. 

This veg pulao variety has achaar and chana added to it in a rice, which makes it slightly spicy, tangy and more flavorful.

Trust me, this is really super yummy rice dish and tastes wonderfully and no one would believe it has achaar in it ;). My husband especially was pleasantly surprised. :D 

I love fusion in my recipes and want to try something new and unique in rice variety :P LOL So I made this achari pulao using with boiled kabuli white chana with aromatic dry herbs and other veggies is there. 

Earlier, I have used pickle in my paratha named "Achaari Paratha" in this I used pachranga achaar but in pulao used Mother's Mango Pickle, you can use any variety of pickle. 

Go on, take out your pressure cookers today and try this super simple pulao for your meals.

I am sharing an easy recipe of pickled chana pulao made in a pressure cooker with step by step photos. 

Today, it's our Foodie Monday Bloghop challenge theme and it's such a easy-peasy theme this time called "#Rice", means you need to prepared any sweet or salty or flavored rice recipe. 

So I made this fusion flavorful tangy rice recipe, hope all my readers liked it :)

You can make end number of rice varieties like...

Tawa pulao
Lemon rice
Zarda pulao
Simple Veggie biryani
Curd Rice
Tomato Pulao

Let's start to make this flavorful and tangy achari chana pulao recipe with simple step-by-step process.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Makes : 3 servings

Ingredients :

Aam ka achar/ Mango Pickle - 2 tbsp (you can take any choice of your pickle)
Soaked and boiled kabuli chana (white chick peas) - 1/2 cup
Long grained rice (basmati) - 1 cup

Pinch of heeng
Sliced Onions - 1 large sized
Ginger-garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder / haldi - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Melted ghee - 2 tbsp
Water - 2 cups
For The Garnish - 2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)

Aromatic Dry Herbs

Bay leaves - 2 no
Star anise - 2
Fennel seeds / saunf - 3/4 tsp
Mustard seeds / rai / sarson - 3/4 tsp
Nigella seeds / kalonji - 3/4 tsp
Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch
Black cardamom / badi elaichi - 1
Cumin seeds / jeera - 3/4 tsp

Preparation Method :

1. Clean, wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes. Drain and keep aside.

2. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker, add the bay leaves, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, nigella seeds, big cardamom, cumin seeds and asafoetida and saute on a medium flame for a few seconds.

3. When the seeds crackle, add the onions and saute on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes saute till translucent.

4. Add the ginger-garlic paste, saute till the raw smell disappears.

5. Now add the boiled kabuli chana, turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala, salt and the prepared pickle paste, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.

6. Add the rice, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.

7. Add the 2 cups of water, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles.

8. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.

Prestige Pressure Cooker
9. Fluff with a fork when its done.

10. Serve hot garnished with coriander.

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Happy Cooking and Enjoy !!


  1. Absolutely fell in love with it...only the raita bowl is missing...

    1. Thank you so much dear Soma..aha no problem raita bhi ban jayega :)

  2. Wow.. Interesting. Never tried it with pickle.. Looks so flavorful and tempting jolly. Delicious Share.

  3. Thr name of the pulao brings water in mouth

  4. sounds like heaven to me.. I"ll give a try very soon.

  5. Hey jolly, your recipe is awesome. I tried it and loved it, thank you. your presentation is also very nice... :)

  6. its just pickle in pulao is super. It might tasted heaven.

  7. Awesome share Jolly. Look and name both are mouth watering.

  8. Spicy, yummy....too good :) And love the blog design too :)

  9. Actually i have never tried to give achari flavor in rice recipes.. indeed inviting jolly

    1. Try it once priya, I am sure you also loved it just like me..Thanks a lot

  10. Loved the Achari flavour you gave to the rice. Sounds very tempting! Achar being my favourite that complement any Indian one pot meal. Loved it!!

    1. Thank you so much dear Pushpita, glad you liked it!!

  11. I loved the addition of aachar masala for pulav.Looks delish.

  12. This is interesting and yummy recipe with so many nice flavours. Looks and sounds great.

    1. Thank you so much Herbs Spices and Tradition mam, glad you liked it.

  13. Interesting variation of a Pulao...sure to try it sooner.

  14. Never got a chance to prepare or have chana pulao. Will try this out

  15. Can we make using achar masala... If proper mango pickle is not available...

  16. Looking at the clicks of the achari chana pulao and the spice one too is making me hungry. A quick, very tasty and aromatic pulao dish and you're right, perfect for days when we don't want to cook elaborate meals. With mango pickle added to it must be so chatpata.

  17. I am drooling here jolly, achari chana pulao looks so tempting I would love to make it for sure.
    Very well explained.

  18. that pulao looks so khila khila, and pretty !! lovely flavours.. been a while since I made this, I would try ur method next time Jolly