Chana Dal Pulao Recipe

Chana Dal Pulao is a traditional Punjabi Cuisine recipe specially prepared on festive occasions like Lohri and Dusshera.  Basmati rice, Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal), Onions, Tomatoes, Dry Red Chillies, Green Chillies, Garam masala powder, Turmeric powder (Haldi), Lemon juice, Cumin seeds (Jeera), Oil, Salt   1 cup Basmati rice 1/2 cup Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal) 3 Onions , thinly sliced 2 Tomatoes , finely chopped 2 Dry Red Chillies 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder , (or pulao masala) 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) 2 teaspoon Lemon juice 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) 1 tablespoon Oil Salt , to taste     35   30     To begin making the Chana Dal Pulao, first wash and soak rice for 30 minutes or so before cooking. Similarly clean, wash and soak bengal gram in water for at least 1 hour.Next heat oil in pressure cooker over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and saute for few seconds till they turn brown in color.Add the dry red chilies, green chilies and saute for a minute or so. Add the sliced onions and saute till they turn golden brown in color.Once the onion is sauteed, add the chopped tomatoes, saute till tomato turn soft and mushy. Add salt, turmeric powder and biryani pulao masala, saute once again for few seconds.Now drain the soaked rice and Bengal gram dal. Add the rice and lentil in the pressure cooker along with 2 cups of water.Stir to combine. Close the lid of the pressure cooker, put the weight on and let pulao cook over medium heat for one or two whistle.Turn off the heat and let the steam escape naturally from the pressure cooker. Open the lid of the pressure cooker, add the lemon juice and combine with a spoon. Serve Chana Dal Pulao Recipe along with Tomato Onion Raita and Satvik Carrot Sprout Salad for the wholesome lunch.