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Cholia Pulao or Green Chana Pulao – Nutritiously Healthy

Cholia Pulao, Green Chana Pulao, Green Garbanzo Pulao

Cholia Pulao, Green Chana Pulao, Green Garbanzo Pulao

Cholia Pulao – Chickpeas are popular among all parts of the world however, most people are familiar with beige colour chickpeas, popularly known as garbanzo beans (Safed or Kabuli Chole). Green chana or green garbanzo, most commonly known as Cholia or green chana is entirely different from its counterpart. It is fresh and green. You can also find dried green chickpeas but it is obvious that the fresh tastes the best.

Cholia / green chana is available in North India when fresh crops of these chickpeas are harvested. Vendors sell long branches (actually entire bushes) of choliya plant to which these pods are attached. Each pod contains one or two seeds.

Its a bit tedious work to remove every single legume from its pod, but while we were younger my Dadi used to put us to work of shelling these. Some used to find their way to the pan to be cooked and while others used to get routed directly into the stomach. :)

But, choliya are a delight to unshell. The greyish-green pods are like a bubble wrap, so if you enjoy popping those bubbles, then you will love shelling fresh green chickpeas. The pods are puffed up with air and give a delightful popping sound when squeezed, which is how you shell these chickpeas.

I hardly ever see the bunches of choliya now, but what we do get are deshelled choliya in a plastic packet and that too readily at my neighbourhood farm-to-fork kiosk in the city of Gurgaon. If not of popping the pods, the joy of eating choliya continues.


The two most popular dishes, apart from eating raw choliya are aloo cholia subzi and the second is a cholia pulao. This is the recipe I am bringing to you today. The cholia puloa is quite nutritious and actually quite delectable. Cholia Pulao brings together a whole lot of vegetables with rice and makes it into a very healthy meal. If you simply pair it with a raita, your lunch or dinner is all done.

Cholia as a Snack – Its real delight to eat raw green chickpeas as a snack seasoned with some lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Really simple Eh!

Cholia as a Salad – Any vegetable salad with go well with cholia. The freshness of the resulting taste is valuable as well as nutritious. Or, you can even turn it into Hummus – simply replace Kabuli chana with cholia.

Cholia is readily available nowadays, so why not grab a pack and turn your lunch or dinner into a health-packed affair with a green chana pulao or cholia pulao for the entire family.

Green chana pulao, cholia pulao choliya


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Cholia Pulao, Green Chana Pulao, Green Garbanzo Pulao

Cholia Pulao Recipe or Green Chana Pulao - Green Garbanzo Rice

This cholia pulao recipe has a fresh spring-like, earthy taste of green chickpeas, making the dish a perfect, one-pot meal for hot days. Here is the hara choliya pulao recipe with seasonal green chickpeas.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Diet Diabetic, Vegetarian
Keyword Cholia Pulao, Cholia Pulao Recipe, Choliya Pulao, Choliya Pulao Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 360kcal
Author Sumit Malhotra


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 cup Green chana
  • 1 No Carrot chopped in small chunks
  • 2 - 3 tbsp Green coriander finely chopped
  • 3 - 4 tbsp Oil
  • 1 No Lemon
  • 2 No Green chilly chopped lengthwise
  • 1 inch Ginger sliced thinly and lengthwise
  • 2 No Black cardamom
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 3 - 4 No Clove
  • 8 - 10 No Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1.5 tsp Salt as per taste


  • Wash rice thoroughly and soak in water for 1/2 hour.
  • Heat some oil in a pan.
  • Place green chana and carrots in a pan and stir nicely.
  • Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes on low flame until they get crispy.
  • Remove to a separate bowl.
  • Add cumin seeds in leftover oil.
  • After sauteing cumin seeds, add brown cardamom, cinnamon stick(chopped in small pieces), black pepper and cloves.
  • Saute for few minutes and add green chilly, ginger.
  • Again saute for few minutes and add soaked rice, salt.
  • Stir and roast for 2 minutes so that rice are nicely coated with spices.
  • Add 2 cups of water and mix well.
  • Cover and cook pulao for 5 minutes on low flame.
  • Open the lid and add roasted green chana, carrots, lemon juice and chopped green coriander.
  • Mix all ingredients really well.
  • Cover the rice again and cook on low flame.
  • Check rice after every 5 minutes and stir really well. It takes 15 minutes to cook rice.
  • After 10-15 minutes, choliya rice pulao will be ready.
  • Serve steaming hot green chana pulao with curd, chutney, dal or sabzi and relish eating.


  • Add vegetables and cholia to make cholia pulao recipe more nutritious.
  • Choliya pulao recipe tastes excellent when served hot along with raita and chutney.


  1. GO VEGAN – Use the same recipe with a vegetable oil instead of ghee.


Serve it with a raita of your choice. Some options are:

  1. Aloo Ka Raita – From Dera Ismail Khan
  2. Onion Tomato Raita – A Refreshing Accompaniment

Chutneys go very well with green chana pulao. Some options are:

  1. Tomato Chutney
  2. Mint & Coriander Chutney


Green chana pulao, cholia pulao choliya

This cholia pulao has a fresh spring-like, earthy taste of green chickpeas, making the dish a perfect, one-pot meal for hot days. Cholia is rich in folate, antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, protein, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and several phytonutrients and hence are highly beneficial for your family’s health.


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