Choliya Rice (Green Chana Rice)

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Today I am sharing with you age-old recipe of my grand mother for making rice. Conventionally we used to give 'dum' to biryani that too using wheat dough. But I learnt this technique from my father (who in turn learned from his mother) in which she used to get the same impact by using tava.
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Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Served As: Dinner, Lunch
Recipe Cuisine Type: Indian
Recipe Taste: Salty, Sour, Spicy, Sweet, Tangy
Servings 4


  • 1 Cup Basmati Rice soaked for 20 min in water
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Whole Spices 2 green cardamom, 1 black cardamom, few black pepper, 2 cloves, small piece of cinnamon, 1 star anise dry
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seed
  • 1 Onion medium sliced
  • 2 Tomato chopped
  • 1 bowl Bowl Choliya green chana washed choliya
  • 1 pieces Potato optional cut in
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice
  • 1-2 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • to Chilli flakes according taste


  • Finish all the preparation first like cutting, chopping and soaking rice
  • Now take a pan, add oil in it, add cumin seeds and all whole spices then sauté it
  • Now add sliced onions and sauté it for 4 to 5 minutes or till it turns transparent
  • Now add diced potatoes and sauté it
  • Now add green chana and cook for 2 minutes, add chopped tomatoes, cook this for 4 to 5 minutes or till tomatoes are cooked
  • Now add rice to this and cook it gently for few minutes
  • Now add 2 cups of water to this as we are not pressure cooking the rice, (in this case 2 cups of water and ad 1/2 lemon juice so that your rice will not stick to each other)
  • Now close the pan with lid and cook it for 7 to 8 minutes on medium flame or till it is cooked Once you feel the 90% rice is cooked, keep your tava under the pan as shown in picture and cook rice for next 5 minutes so that the tava is nicely hot
  • Now switch off the gas and remove the lid and cover your pan with hot tava as shown in picture. (This is one of the way to put dum to your rice my grand mother used to do this)
    Choliya Rice (Green Chana Rice) - Plattershare - Recipes, food stories and food lovers
  • After 5 to 6 minutes remove the tava and serve your rice with curd or curry whatever you like....

Recipe Notes

1. If you want your rice to be “khila khilla” non sticky add 1/2 lemon juice with water.
2. You can replace the green chana with green peas, french beans or any other vegetable of your choice 

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Meera Girdhar
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