Amla and Chickpeas – Pulao

Mint Chickpeas Rice2


Chole Amla pulao is an aromatic rice dish, which is unique, simple, easy and healthy.

It warms you up from the inside out. Each serving is loaded with fiber, protein and vitamins. When I eat a bowl of this, I feel better immediately!

So it’s perfect for easy lunches/suppers or even for breakfast.

Health Benefits:

Amla/Gooseberry enhances food absorption, balances stomach acid, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, supports the heart, strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination of free radicals, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, increases skin health, promotes healthier hair, acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, strengthens eyes, improves muscle tone and acts as an antioxidant.

Preparation time-10 minutes
Cooking time-30 minutes


  • Brown basmathi rice-1 cup
  • Chickpeas/garbanzo beans-1 cup
  • Grated Amla/gooseberry-3-4
  • Chopped onion-1 medium
  • Bay leaf-1
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-2 tsp
  • Shahi jeera/black cumin-2 tsp (can substitute with cumin seeds)
  • Bay leaf-1
  • Cloves-3-4
  • Cinnamon stick-1
  • Cardamom-2
  • Minced ginger-1 tsp
  • Minced garlic-2 cloves
  • Slit Green chillies-3


  • Lemon juice- to taste
  • Chopped coriander


  • Wash and soak chickpeas overnight, once soaked drain, rinse again and set aside. (if using canned skip this set just rinse thoroughly)
  • Wash amla, grate it using grater, discard the seeds and set aside.
  • Make a course paste out of ingredients mentioned under ‘to grind’ by adding little water.
  • Rinse and soak the rice for 30 minutes, drain and set aside.
  • In a pressure cooker heat oil and add bay leaf, grated amla and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add in onion and fry till soft and add in soaked and drained chickpeas and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in ground masala paste and saute for 2-3 minutes/until the raw smell disappears.
  • Add soaked and drained rice fry for sometime, add salt mix well and then add 3-3 1/2 cup of water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
  • (if using canned chickpeas add in once the cooker release the steam and simmer for 2-3 minutes until the chickpeas blends in and heated through)
  • Then stir in some lemon juice. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with chopped coriander.

Mint Chickpeas Rice1

You can also serve with:

Ginger Cucumber Raita:

Garlic Raita1

Okra/Ladies finger Raita

Bhindi raita1


  • If using canned chickpeas rinse thoroughly before use and add in once the rice is cooked.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on October 28, 2015, in Indian, Main dish and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 63 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on MrMilitantNegro™.


  2. That sounds like a lovely change of pace. Hugs!

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  3. Thank you for visiting my blog!
    I’ve never had amla, would love to try!

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  4. Never had amla rice, new for me Chitra…very nice 🙂


  5. Nice, nice….I like Amla a lot and end up making a lot of Usiri Annam in winter. This will be a nice variation.

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  6. Looks super awesome ❤


  7. a very different recipe… wow.


  8. Have never used amla in cooking. So it doesn’t turn bitter on cooking?


  9. Thank you very much for this recipe! Never even thought we can use brown rice differently! Superb! I think, this is the second brown rice recipe I am reading here… Will try the pumpkin curry too! Thanks again! TC! Keep smiling 🙂 Happy cooking!


  10. Wat a intersting combo C:-) looks yum


  11. Fantastic recipe, and I like the use of the chick peas. I regularly use pea protein powder in my smoothies for the high protein content and amino acids. Another wonderful dish Chitra.


  12. Reblogged this on Your Gateway to Health and commented:
    The use of chick peas in this recipe is a great protein source with the full benefit of amino acids. Break out of your comfort zone and give this a spin!


  13. This special Rice dish looks superb, my beloved friend, Yum Yum Yummm!


  14. I love all of these ingredients! Yumm

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  15. Saturday lunch time this is on.. yummy

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  16. I love chickpeas and this dish looks delicious. Your photos are stunning!


  17. I have used gooseberry for pickle not in rice. This is lovely. Good to see the health benefits of amla. I love to drink water after eating the raw amla. That sweetness is amazing naa.


  18. So interesting! I love making brown rice pilaf never tried it with amla! love it!

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  19. This is a great combination Chitra. I always like how you team up healthy ingredients into the food you present here 🙂


  20. Such a good and interesting combo….:)

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  21. Interesting with the Amla ! Sounds delicious Chitra 🙂

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  22. Awesome combo Chitra 🙂

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  23. Never thought about Amla tce..u r genius C

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  24. This is such a unique recipe. It is amazing how you introduce health factors in your recipes too! Would love to try this!

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  25. Love all your healthy vegetarian recipes…You are amazing ,Chitra…

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  26. Interesting and mouth watering

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