Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Chick Peas Rice by Haffa's Kitchen

Hi lovelies, we have another guest post today. Recently I done a guest post for haffaskitchen, in return I asked her to be my next guest post. I met Haffa through facebook and one thing I know for sure we both have love for food! Oh plus she's a Doctor. She's going to share with us Chickpeas rice with us today. Sit back and enjoy reading about her and recipe below.


Salam and greetings to sweet readers of He chops, she cooks.

I am Haffa Bexi, blogger from Pakistan, doctor by profession. I blog on haffaskitchen I recently became friends with dear Shazzy, and I guess I have became friend with the first lady from Malaysia.. woo!! She is a sweet blogger, and her recipes really impress me. She recently gave me the recipe of  Nyonya Curry Mee, Now she has asked me for a guest post, so I decided to go with rice.

Palao is basically a savory dish that is combined with the ingredients like, vegetables, mutton, chicken; beef curry, or even beans one and cooked together with rice.

A few numbers of the dishes that are made of rice, and I have discussed before in my blog:

Carrot Kheer/Pudding
Singaporean Rice
Boiled Rice with Gram Lentil
Mutton Pilau
Mutton Biryani

Chick peas rice/ Palao is a rich, exotic & scrumptious dish and is my today's guest post. It is one of my mom in laws favorite. It's a complete balanced savory dish that can be eaten alone or can be accompanied with kebabs/raita. Spices can always be adjusted according to your taste. This dish is actually a yummylicious dish with the natural energetic flavor of chick peas that makes the dish excellently delicious. Here goes the recipe:

Serves:  2-3


 2 cup Rice (soaked in water for 20-30 min)
 1 cup  Chickpeas (boiled)
2 Onion, sliced
1/2 Cup Oil                                                  
2 Stalk Green Chili, chopped                                    
1 Tsp. Garlic Paste                                      
2 Tomato, chopped                                      
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder                              
1 1/2 ts[ Salt, to taste                                                  
1 1/2 tsp. Cumin Seeds (Zeera)                        
2-3 Black Peppercorn                      
2- 3 Cinnamon sticks (daar cheeni)            
3  Clove (Long)                                      
1 Cardamom pods                                  
Few of Coriander & Mint leaves                  
3- 4 Stalk Dried Red chili                                  
2 Curry leaves                                      
3 1/2 cup Water/Stock                                      


First of all take a pan, heat oil, and add the whole spices, let them splutter. Next add the chopped onions. Fry them, until onions turn golden brown.

Then add garlic paste, followed by tomatoes and all other spices. Fry until oil separates. Next add boiled chickpeas. Stir & fry the chickpeas for few minutes. Now, add green chilies, chopped coriander & mint leaves.

Then add 3 n 1/2 glasses of water into the above gravy & let it boil. When the water starts boiling, drain the soaked rice, and add them in boiling water. Stir gently, to avoid rice from breaking. Let it cook on high heat for few minutes & then lower the heat to medium.

Check the salt in water & feel for the saltiness. If it is just alright then it means the salt is too little. Add more salt until u feel the salt in water is bit more than required, because rice will need and absorb the salt too :)

Cover the pan & let the rice cook on medium heat, until water diminishes. Stir in between.

When all the water from the rice is dried up, lower the heat, seal the pan with a wet towel on the pan's cover, and keep it for 10 minutes. And here u gooo.. chickpeas rice or palao is readdyy :)

Serve with shami kebab, raita & salad! Enjoy.... :P

Thank u for stopping by! Hope u enjoy this recipe :)

I hope you all have a good time reading this Palao rice.


  1. Thanks dear for giving me some space in ur blog :)

  2. Very delicious one pot meal,drooling here.

    1. yeah right? it really easy as all in one pot :)

  3. Looking so good ...Wonderful guest post haffa ..


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