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Vegan Baked Chana Pulao

a blue bowl filled with chickpea rice pulao / pilaf

Vegan Baked Chana Pulao

Baked Vegan Chana Pulao is a simple and easy, baked chickpea rice pilaf casserole that comes together quickly but is loaded with flavors. Serve with my quick raita. 1 Pan Gluten-free Soyfree Nutfree.

a blue bowl filled with chickpea rice pulao / pilaf

Chana pulao is a popular Indian one-pot chickpea rice dish that is made with fragrant basmati rice, protein-rich chickpeas, onions, fresh tomatoes, veggies, and bold warming Indian spices. You could also call it Chickpea pulao, chickpea pilaf, or simply chickpea rice. This easy meal is traditionally served with a side dish of raita or plain yogurt.

This recipe for Indian vegan chickpea rice casserole is not made on stovetop but in the oven! So simple, so genius. The roasting method concentrates the flavors and natural sweetness of the veggies added. We start with roasting the vegetables, then add in the rice, chickpeas and spinach and bake everything until the rice is cooked and fluffy.

This is  a One Pan casserole dish! No standing around sautéing needed!

a white casserole dish with vegan chickpea rice pulao

Before adding the rice to the casserole dish, we soak it in water. This cuts down the cooking time and also ensures we get evenly fluffy rice. For the baked chana pulao obviously, you can either cook the chickpeas from dried chickpeas (pressure cook 40 mins) or use canned chickpeas.

This baked chickpea rice casserole makes for a filling, comforting and satisfying meal that is best accompanied with some homemade raita, or a side salad.

a bowl of vegan chana pulao chickpea rice casserole in a small bowl served with raita

Why will you love this a chickpea rice casserole

  • It’s a 1 Pan meal casserole
  • No standing around sautéing the onion and spices or cooking the veggies needed
  • Rice, chickpeas, veggies and Indian spices make a fabulous combination
  • its a versatile casserole. Change up the beans and use white beans, kidney beans or other beans. Use quinoa or other grains!
  • Change up the Indian spices and use chipotle chili powder blend or Ethiopian Berbere, Jamaican curry powder or Creole seasoning for variation
  • the casserole is by default Glutenfree, Soyfree and Nutfree!

More rice dishes from the blog:

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Chana Pulao Casserole or Baked Spiced Curried Chickpea Spinach rice Casserole

Baked Chana Pulao is a simple and easy, baked chickpea rice pilaf that comes together quickly but is loaded with flavors. Serve with my quick raita. Gluten-free.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time40 mins

Total Time50 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Keyword: baked chickpea casserole, chana pulao recipe

Servings: 6

Calories: 282kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or use paprika for less heat
  • 1 – 2 teaspoon garam masala or curry powder or biryani masala
  • 1 cup (149 g) vegetables such as chopped peppers, carrots, peas, green beans, or other vegetables of choice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup (74.5 g) chopped tomato
  • 1 cup (156 g) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 15 ounce (425.24 g) can chickpeas drained or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 cup (185 g) white basmati rice washed and soaked for at least 15 minutes
  • 2 cups (475 ml) water
  • cilantro and lime juice for garnish

Instructions

  • To a 9×12 or similar size casserole dish, add the oil and spread. On one half of the dish, Add the onion, garlic, and toss to coat with the oil. Then add in all of the spices, generous pinch of salt and bay leaves and mix well.

  • To the other half of the dish, add the vegetables and a generous pinch of salt and toss well.

  • Bake at a preheated 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 C) oven for 14-16 minutes or until the onion is golden.

  • In the meanwhile, wash your rice if you haven’t already and soak and set aside.

  • Once the onion is golden, take the casserole dish out of the oven. Add in chopped tomato and mix well.

  • Add in spinach, chickpeas, veggies, rest of the salt, drained rice, and water and mix well. Then even it out. Cover with a foil or a clean baking sheet and put it in to bake for 35-45 minutes.

  • Check at 35 minute mark if the rice is done. Also stir at that point. Depending on your oven, the rice and the baking dish, the rice will get done in the 35-45 minute range.

  • Then take the dish out. Let it sit covered for another 5 minutes then fluff it up. Taste and adjust flavor if needed. garnish with some cilantro and lime juice.

  • I like to serve this with a simple Raita (Indian yogurt dip, see below) or with chutneys or salsa or with Indian curries or dal.Storage: store refrigerated in a closed container for upto 4 days.
  • For the raita, in a bowl mix 1/2 cup non dairy yogurt, 1/4 cup of more water, add in finely chopped 1/4 cup onion or cucumber, some chopped cilantro, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cumin and some cayenne as needed. Mix and serve on the side.

Notes

  • Change up the beans and use white beans, kidney beans or other beans. Use quinoa or other grains instead of rice!
  • Change up the Indian spices and use chipotle chili powder blend or Ethiopian Berbere, Jamaican curry powder or Creole seasoning for variation

 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Chana Pulao Casserole or Baked Spiced Curried Chickpea Spinach rice Casserole

Amount Per Serving

Calories 282
Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 336mg15%

Potassium 457mg13%

Carbohydrates 52g17%

Fiber 9g38%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 11g22%

Vitamin A 4716IU94%

Vitamin C 9mg11%

Calcium 95mg10%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a bowl of baked vegan chickpea pulao drizzled with raita
Ingredients:

  • white basmati rice, washed and soaked for at least 15 minutes. Or use quinoa or couscous
  • onion and garlic are minced, then tossed with spices and baked along with the veg
  • chickpea pulao spices: bay leaves, coriander,  turmeric,  ground cardamom, black pepper and cayenne or use paprika for less heat. Garam masala or curry powder or biryani masala
  • vegetables: I like chopped peppers, carrots, peas, green beans, small chopped cauliflower, spinach and tomatoes but you can use any vegetables you like
  •  you can use canned chickpeas or cook them from drained chickpeas. Use other beans for variation such as black eyed peas, kidney beans, white beans etc
  • cilantro and lime juice for garnish

Tips:

  • Basmati rice is my top choice but you can also go for Jasmine rice which has a delicate and light floral aroma.
  • Yes, you got to soak the rice! Rice generally tastes better and has a better texture when it has been soaked. For this recipe, the Basmati Rice is soaked at room temperature before cooking to release and enhance the natural flavor of the rice.
  • Feel free to up the amount of spices or add some more curry powder or garam masala or a bit of chili powder

What to serve with Chana Pulao

  • Pulao are usually served with non dairy yogurt or yogurt dip (raita)
  • you can also serve with Indian curries or dal.

ingredients needed for making vegan chickpea rice pulao

How to make vegan chana pulao:

To a 9×12 or similar size casserole dish, add the oil and spread. On one half of the dish, Add the onion, garlic, and toss to coat with the oil. Then add in all of the spices, pinch of salt and bay leaves and mix well.

spiced being mixed into onion in a casserole dish

vegetables and spiced onions in a casserole dish

To the other half of the dish, add the vegetables and a good pinch of salt and toss well.

Bake at a preheated 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 C) oven for 14-16 minutes or until the onion is golden.

roasted spiced vegetables in a white casserole

In the meanwhile, wash your rice if you haven’t already and soak and set aside.

Once the onion is golden, take the casserole dish out of the oven. Add in chopped tomato and mix well.

drained soaked rice, chickpeas, and spinach being added to vegetables in a white casserole

Add in spinach, chickpeas, veggies, rest of the salt, drained rice, and water and mix well. Then even it out. Cover with a foil and put it in to bake for 35-45 minutes.

spinach, tomatoes, chickpeas and drained soaked rice in a casserole dish

Check at 35 minute mark if the rice is done. Also stir at that point. Depending on your oven, the rice and the baking dish, it will get done in the 35-45 minute range.

Then take the dish out. Let it sit covered for another 5 minutes.

vegan vegetable chickpea rice casserole overhead shot

Fluff the rice and then garnish with some cilantro and lime juice. I like to serve this vegan pulao with a simple Raita (Indian yogurt dip) or any curry or dal.

Store refrigerated in a closed container for upto 4 days.

For the raita, you can use about 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup of more water, add in finely chopped 1/4 cup onion or cucumber, some chopped cilantro, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cumin and cayenne as needed.

side view of a blue bowl with chickpea rice pulao drizzled with raita

 

Vegan Baked Chana Pulao – Spiced Chickpea Rice Casserole

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Vegan Baked Chana Pulao

a blue bowl filled with chickpea rice pulao / pilaf

Vegan Baked Chana Pulao

Baked Vegan Chana Pulao is a simple and easy, baked chickpea rice pilaf casserole that comes together quickly but is loaded with flavors. Serve with my quick raita. 1 Pan Gluten-free Soyfree Nutfree.

a blue bowl filled with chickpea rice pulao / pilaf

Chana pulao is a popular Indian one-pot chickpea rice dish that is made with fragrant basmati rice, protein-rich chickpeas, onions, fresh tomatoes, veggies, and bold warming Indian spices. You could also call it Chickpea pulao, chickpea pilaf, or simply chickpea rice. This easy meal is traditionally served with a side dish of raita or plain yogurt.

This recipe for Indian vegan chickpea rice casserole is not made on stovetop but in the oven! So simple, so genius. The roasting method concentrates the flavors and natural sweetness of the veggies added. We start with roasting the vegetables, then add in the rice, chickpeas and spinach and bake everything until the rice is cooked and fluffy.

This is  a One Pan casserole dish! No standing around sautéing needed!

a white casserole dish with vegan chickpea rice pulao

Before adding the rice to the casserole dish, we soak it in water. This cuts down the cooking time and also ensures we get evenly fluffy rice. For the baked chana pulao obviously, you can either cook the chickpeas from dried chickpeas (pressure cook 40 mins) or use canned chickpeas.

This baked chickpea rice casserole makes for a filling, comforting and satisfying meal that is best accompanied with some homemade raita, or a side salad.

a bowl of vegan chana pulao chickpea rice casserole in a small bowl served with raita

Why will you love this a chickpea rice casserole

  • It’s a 1 Pan meal casserole
  • No standing around sautéing the onion and spices or cooking the veggies needed
  • Rice, chickpeas, veggies and Indian spices make a fabulous combination
  • its a versatile casserole. Change up the beans and use white beans, kidney beans or other beans. Use quinoa or other grains!
  • Change up the Indian spices and use chipotle chili powder blend or Ethiopian Berbere, Jamaican curry powder or Creole seasoning for variation
  • the casserole is by default Glutenfree, Soyfree and Nutfree!

More rice dishes from the blog:

Print Recipe

Chana Pulao Casserole or Baked Spiced Curried Chickpea Spinach rice Casserole

Baked Chana Pulao is a simple and easy, baked chickpea rice pilaf that comes together quickly but is loaded with flavors. Serve with my quick raita. Gluten-free.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time40 mins

Total Time50 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Keyword: baked chickpea casserole, chana pulao recipe

Servings: 6

Calories: 282kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or use paprika for less heat
  • 1 – 2 teaspoon garam masala or curry powder or biryani masala
  • 1 cup (149 g) vegetables such as chopped peppers, carrots, peas, green beans, or other vegetables of choice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup (74.5 g) chopped tomato
  • 1 cup (156 g) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 15 ounce (425.24 g) can chickpeas drained or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 cup (185 g) white basmati rice washed and soaked for at least 15 minutes
  • 2 cups (475 ml) water
  • cilantro and lime juice for garnish

Instructions

  • To a 9×12 or similar size casserole dish, add the oil and spread. On one half of the dish, Add the onion, garlic, and toss to coat with the oil. Then add in all of the spices, generous pinch of salt and bay leaves and mix well.

  • To the other half of the dish, add the vegetables and a generous pinch of salt and toss well.

  • Bake at a preheated 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 C) oven for 14-16 minutes or until the onion is golden.

  • In the meanwhile, wash your rice if you haven’t already and soak and set aside.

  • Once the onion is golden, take the casserole dish out of the oven. Add in chopped tomato and mix well.

  • Add in spinach, chickpeas, veggies, rest of the salt, drained rice, and water and mix well. Then even it out. Cover with a foil or a clean baking sheet and put it in to bake for 35-45 minutes.

  • Check at 35 minute mark if the rice is done. Also stir at that point. Depending on your oven, the rice and the baking dish, the rice will get done in the 35-45 minute range.

  • Then take the dish out. Let it sit covered for another 5 minutes then fluff it up. Taste and adjust flavor if needed. garnish with some cilantro and lime juice.

  • I like to serve this with a simple Raita (Indian yogurt dip, see below) or with chutneys or salsa or with Indian curries or dal.Storage: store refrigerated in a closed container for upto 4 days.
  • For the raita, in a bowl mix 1/2 cup non dairy yogurt, 1/4 cup of more water, add in finely chopped 1/4 cup onion or cucumber, some chopped cilantro, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cumin and some cayenne as needed. Mix and serve on the side.

Notes

  • Change up the beans and use white beans, kidney beans or other beans. Use quinoa or other grains instead of rice!
  • Change up the Indian spices and use chipotle chili powder blend or Ethiopian Berbere, Jamaican curry powder or Creole seasoning for variation

 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Chana Pulao Casserole or Baked Spiced Curried Chickpea Spinach rice Casserole

Amount Per Serving

Calories 282
Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 336mg15%

Potassium 457mg13%

Carbohydrates 52g17%

Fiber 9g38%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 11g22%

Vitamin A 4716IU94%

Vitamin C 9mg11%

Calcium 95mg10%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a bowl of baked vegan chickpea pulao drizzled with raita
Ingredients:

  • white basmati rice, washed and soaked for at least 15 minutes. Or use quinoa or couscous
  • onion and garlic are minced, then tossed with spices and baked along with the veg
  • chickpea pulao spices: bay leaves, coriander,  turmeric,  ground cardamom, black pepper and cayenne or use paprika for less heat. Garam masala or curry powder or biryani masala
  • vegetables: I like chopped peppers, carrots, peas, green beans, small chopped cauliflower, spinach and tomatoes but you can use any vegetables you like
  •  you can use canned chickpeas or cook them from drained chickpeas. Use other beans for variation such as black eyed peas, kidney beans, white beans etc
  • cilantro and lime juice for garnish

Tips:

  • Basmati rice is my top choice but you can also go for Jasmine rice which has a delicate and light floral aroma.
  • Yes, you got to soak the rice! Rice generally tastes better and has a better texture when it has been soaked. For this recipe, the Basmati Rice is soaked at room temperature before cooking to release and enhance the natural flavor of the rice.
  • Feel free to up the amount of spices or add some more curry powder or garam masala or a bit of chili powder

What to serve with Chana Pulao

  • Pulao are usually served with non dairy yogurt or yogurt dip (raita)
  • you can also serve with Indian curries or dal.

ingredients needed for making vegan chickpea rice pulao

How to make vegan chana pulao:

To a 9×12 or similar size casserole dish, add the oil and spread. On one half of the dish, Add the onion, garlic, and toss to coat with the oil. Then add in all of the spices, pinch of salt and bay leaves and mix well.

spiced being mixed into onion in a casserole dish

vegetables and spiced onions in a casserole dish

To the other half of the dish, add the vegetables and a good pinch of salt and toss well.

Bake at a preheated 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 C) oven for 14-16 minutes or until the onion is golden.

roasted spiced vegetables in a white casserole

In the meanwhile, wash your rice if you haven’t already and soak and set aside.

Once the onion is golden, take the casserole dish out of the oven. Add in chopped tomato and mix well.

drained soaked rice, chickpeas, and spinach being added to vegetables in a white casserole

Add in spinach, chickpeas, veggies, rest of the salt, drained rice, and water and mix well. Then even it out. Cover with a foil and put it in to bake for 35-45 minutes.

spinach, tomatoes, chickpeas and drained soaked rice in a casserole dish

Check at 35 minute mark if the rice is done. Also stir at that point. Depending on your oven, the rice and the baking dish, it will get done in the 35-45 minute range.

Then take the dish out. Let it sit covered for another 5 minutes.

vegan vegetable chickpea rice casserole overhead shot

Fluff the rice and then garnish with some cilantro and lime juice. I like to serve this vegan pulao with a simple Raita (Indian yogurt dip) or any curry or dal.

Store refrigerated in a closed container for upto 4 days.

For the raita, you can use about 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup of more water, add in finely chopped 1/4 cup onion or cucumber, some chopped cilantro, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cumin and cayenne as needed.

side view of a blue bowl with chickpea rice pulao drizzled with raita

 

Vegan Baked Chana Pulao – Spiced Chickpea Rice Casserole