Chickpeas and vegetable rice

by Sunita on March 20, 2009

I do love to cook and bake. But, there are times , when I just stare at the shelves or fridge and can’t seem to think of anything to cook. The mind simply draws a blank…cook’s/baker’s block?? I think so. But dinner time approaches fast and with two hungry kids in tow, one has to act fast.

At such times, a few leftovers can work wonders. How about some cooked rice and boiled chickpeas?? I wanted to cook something fast, a filling one pot meal, without compromising on the taste and wholesomeness of the dish. And what about those veggies?? Hmm, I think I know what to do. Having some cooked rice was such a blessing, and the chickpeas were a bonus -rice and chickpeas go very well together. So, armed with quite a few things from the fridge and a few others from the shelves, I got down to business and made the following chickpeas and vegetable rice.

What’s needed-

2 and 1/2 C of cooked and cooled rice ( I used basmati)
1 and 1/2 C of boiled chickpeas
1C chopped mixed vegetables ( I used carrots, green beans, babycorn and red pepper)

a handful of chopped walnuts
1/3 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp of cumin powder
1 tblsp oil or ghee ( clarified butter)
salt to taste

To be ground together-
1 onion, chopped
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled and halved
2 tomatoes, chopped

For the tempering-
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 whole red chilli, halved
3 cloves
3 cardamoms
1 inch stick of cinnamon

How to-

  1. Heat the oil/ghee in a pan and add the ingredients for tempering.
  2. When the seeds sizzle, add the ground paste along with the turmeric and cumin powder. Stir constantly over medium heat till most of the moisture evaporates and the mixture is lumpy.
  3. Add the chickpeas, vegetables and walnuts and season with salt. Stir well, cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring in between. Do not overcook the vegetables.
  4. Add the rice and increase the heat. Stir constantly till everything is mixed well, and heated through.
  5. Serve hot with yogurt or raita.

There! A filling, and delicious dish ready in minutes. We had ours with some cucumber raita, and all three of us reached out for seconds. The spices lended their flavours to the rice and chickpeas, the vegetables and nuts added their crunch. And with dollops of cool raita, it was bliss. No greater joy for the cook than to see the food disappearing fast :-)

We had a very foggy and chilly start to the day. In fact, the kidsĀ  pretended to be walking through clouds on their way to school. As I type this, the sun seems to have come back, spreading it’s gentle, golden glow. Yaay!!

So, take care, all of you, and have a great weekend :-)

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alka March 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

Looks so temptingly wonderful….now i know why the sun shone back again…why with all the sunny ,aromatic dish on platter,even the sun couldn’t hold back itself…..
We get some turmeric added rice with boiled chickpeas as Prasad in temple,and it taste awesome,so i can easily imagine with all the added flavors ,how amazing and healthy this would had been :-)


2 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Alka…it was a very filling dinner indeed :-)


3 chitra March 20, 2009 at 11:55 am

wow,iam drooling here,it looks delish!!


4 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Chitra :-)


5 Lavi March 20, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Colourfull and Tempting…Using Baby Corn is a nice idea!


6 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Lavi :-)


7 Rosa March 20, 2009 at 1:26 pm

What a wondeful dish! Very nourishing, healthy and tasty! I love it!




8 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Thanks Rosa :-)


9 Soma March 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I made chana veggie rice last weekend.. well kinda like a biryani… added almonds. I love ur Kadai:-)


10 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Thanks Soma…your recipe sounds equally delish :-)


11 rachel March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm

walnuts, chickpeas , corn ina dish…this I definitely got to try


12 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Do give it a try, Rachel :-)


13 Happy Cook March 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Me too sometimes havve no clue what to cook and then i am like what are we going to have for lunch.
IThe rice dish looks so delicious with all the veg and the chickpeas.
I love your addition of walnuts in them.


14 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Thanks HC. Yes, sometimes the mind simply draws a blank :-)


15 sandeepa March 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Very nice and comforting, reminds me of Cham’s masoor dal biryani. That Kadhai is pretty


16 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Masoor dal biryani, must check it out :-)


17 Asha March 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Oh, that dreaded cloudy and gloomy of UK! Glad Sun came thru’. We have sunshine but little colder than y’day, not bad. Looks like snowdays are over for us! :)

Pulao looks delicious, chockful of veggies and flavorful. Enjoy and see you next week. Will do some gardening tomorrow.


18 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:29 pm

It’s very blustery today, the strong winds sending a chill across!


19 Nicisme March 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I wish I could open the fridge, make this and then get the kids to eat it, lol!
Me and hubby would scarf it down, looks tasty!


20 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Lol! It’s full of flavours, so never know :-)


21 sandhiya March 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Lovely way to use all the veggies….Wonderful color…looks delishhh


22 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Thanks Sandhiya :-)


23 A&N March 20, 2009 at 7:21 pm

The corn looks beautiful in the rice :) Lovely!


24 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Thanks…all of us are great fans of baby corn :-)


25 SuperChef March 20, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Its the third chickpea recipe im seeing today!! this is such a great idea for rice!! pic looks stunning as always!


26 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Thanks..I think very few people dislike chickpeas :-)


27 Sophia March 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm

I have to confess: I dislike rice. But these looks so fragrant and delicious! and I love the little baby corns in them!


28 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Sophia, maybe you should give this a try…you might convert :-)


29 arfi March 21, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I miss baby corns cooked like this. Haven’t seen any fresh baby corns here, they’re available only in cans. I don’t really fancy canned food. The combination of vegetables here will be a lovely lunch for me :)


30 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Arfi, I agree… the canned ones are not nice at all.Wish you were near…would have whipped something for you :-)


31 Mishmash! March 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Hello dear.. :) Had to catch up with all the posts i missed….thats when i realised u celebrated ur b’day too… belated wishes…..was out of blog world for last few weeks…..:)



32 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Hi Shn, hope you’re well. Thaks for the wishes dear :-)


33 Ivy March 22, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Sunita, I never had chickpeas with rice before but it sounds like a great combination and this dish must be so flavourful, no wonder it disappeared.


34 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Chickpeas and rice go very well together, and this was indeed full of flavours. Try the combination sometime :-)


35 Rupa Sengupta March 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm

wow … This combination sounds awesome. Will sure give it a try !


36 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Thanks Rupa…do give it a try :-)


37 Meenal Mehta March 23, 2009 at 7:54 am

Hi Sunita,

first time on your blog:) lovely blog and recipes. and such a creative recipe with leftovers .Kudos to you .

Hope to see you sometime on Meenal’s Kitchen



38 Sunita March 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Thanks Meenal :-)


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