Chana Pilau, also known as Chana Pulao, is a savory, aromatic rice dish that is popular in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East. The main ingredients of this dish are rice and chickpeas, which are cooked with a blend of aromatic spices and herbs.
To prepare Chana Pilau, the rice and chickpeas are first cooked separately until they are tender. The cooked rice is then mixed with the chickpeas, which are already seasoned with a mix of spices, such as cumin, coriander, and garam masala. This is typically done in a large pot or skillet, with the spices and herbs adding a fragrant aroma to the dish.
Other ingredients that can be added to the Chana Pilau include caramelized onions, fried potatoes, and raisins or dried fruits. These ingredients add a sweet and savory flavor to the dish. Some variations of Chana Pilau may also include meat, such as chicken or lamb, which is cooked along with the rice and chickpeas.
Chana Pilau is typically served as a main dish, accompanied by yogurt or raita, a cooling cucumber and yogurt sauce. It can also be served with a side of pickles, papadums, or a fresh salad. This flavorful and filling dish is perfect for a family meal or a special occasion.