How to make Healthy Mint and Chana Dal Pulao


Everyone I meet wants simple things in life – satisfying job, lesser commute, enough money and yes, a ‘healthy’ lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle is always high on priority but always low on execution. Some wants to lose weight while some others want to avoid diseases – they all want to be healthy. But, health takes time. It takes attention. How much can you fit in a 24 hour day? There is always a tussle going on between time and health. Reaching office on time trumps having that breakfast. Finishing that report/taking your kid to park/finishing up chores, trumps your time in gym. The latest series on Netflix is so good! It trumps over your sleep cycle.  And yes, convenience of ordering food, trumps the effort of cooking a wholesome but time-consuming meal. The list is endless.

Here’s where I think this series can help you. Non-fussy, wholesome and nutritional meals which can be prepped and cooked within 20 mins – heck, that’s faster than you placing and receiving that order from your favorite online food app. And finger licking good.

Manage your health and time perfectly!

Mint and Chana Dal Pulao – Recipe



  • 1 cup rice (washed)
    2 tablespoons of chanda dal (washed)
  • Handful of mint leaves (washed)
  • Handful of coriander leaves (washed)
  • 8-10 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion – finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 teaspoon jeera
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons of oil

    Preparation Time: 5- 10 mins

Cooking Time: 10- 15 mins


  • Start by washing rice and dal separately and put it aside while you do the rest of the things
  • Put mint and coriander leaves, garlic, green chillies and very little water in a small mixer jar and make a coarse to fine paste
  • Take a cooker, pour about 2-3 tablespoons of oil and heat it. Add jeera, followed by onion
  • After the onion turns pinkish-golden, add the mint paste and cook for about a minute
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, chana dal and rice.  Mix well
  • Add garam masala and a little less than 2 cups of water
  • Pressure cook till two whistles, cook on slow flame for about 2 minutes and then turn off the gas
  • Wait for the cooker to cool down on its own
  • Serve the pulao with curd, pickle or papad (all three for a nirvana like experience)

    NoteIf you want perfectly long rice grains, it is better to steam it. The procedure remains the same – you may add a little more water. It will also take a tad longer to cook.

Nutritional Value:

A lot of us avoid rice because it is considered, well, fattening. I personally do not agree. Generations have survived on rice. It was one of the first foods humans ate. But let’s stick to facts:

  • Rice: Promotes growth of probiotic bacteria, helps in assimilation of Vitamin D and Calcium, reduces anxiety and irritability.
  • Dal: Source of protein – complete amino acid profile when had along with rice
  • Addition of jeera, coriander and other spices lends addition of multiple vitamins and minerals and lowers GI.
  • Curd: Having it with curd cools your stomach

Follow the steps, prepare this dish and relish this one fulfilled with a lot of health benefits. Do share your feedback on the comment section below.

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