Lunch Box Series : LBS#6

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Today’s Lunch box had my favorite Rice item – Channa Pulao. Channa Pulav is something that we must have prepared some 101 times, still every time we eat it, tastes like the first time we having it. Amma got this recipe from a newspaper cutting. It was during this time, I became more interested in cooking.

It was also during this time, I found myself in the cross roads of life, everyone does I guess, and I was thinking what productively I can put myself to excel. I was lucky that I was able to distract myself with something useful. I have always been creative on mundane things which never bore me. I saw that Amma had collected so many recipe cuttings that she was always getting lost in finding what she wants. So I took upon myself the sacred task of sorting them all. Well I hope my daughter will one day appreciate the great work her Mama had done…My Amma sure did…for which I was very happy. I was able to file 3 big files with all Menus and a fancy Index too. It was quite a task. And the only dish that was repeated in all these files was this Channa Pulao.

Channa pulao has always been a hit through its lifetime of being prepared. Few friends infact were so much in love with this dish, that they used to keep repeatedly asking me to prepare this for them. This is quite spicy on its own, so normally make Onion Raitha with it. But when made less spicy can be had on its own.

Today’s Lunch Box had

Channa Pulao
Onion Raitha
Curd Rice.

Curd Rice is a must for lunch and dinner, I just didn’t take a shot of it.

Channa Pulao is now a part of my eBook, please refer the details below
eBook Details:

eBook Name : Flavours from South Indian Kitchen from Cooking 4 all Seasons
Recipes : 15 recipes
Skill level: Easy From Novice to Expert
Labels: Traditional – India, Vegetarian And Wholesome Food
Price: $5.00
Format: PDF

How this Works: After payment via Paypal, eBook will be emailed to your email id. For any questions about the recipe or the download process, please email me at

Onion Raitha

Onions – 1
Curd – 1 tbsp
Milk – 1 cup
Salt to taste.

Chop onions as juliennes. Beat curds well so that it becomes a smooth paste. In a bowl, add all the ingredients together and pack.

I normally add little curd to milk and make the curd set as by lunch, it will turn sour if only curd is used.

I washed down all this with Curd rice.

Hope you enjoyed my today’s Lunch Box. Do send in your feedbacks.

Lunch Box Series : LBS#6

Course Main Dish - Rice
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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  1. Thanks for pointing it out Roopa…it is neither..I was thinking of Mint leaves and had wrongly typed Methi…So sorry abt it…I actually used Mint leaves. I have updated the list.

  2. Srivalli that looks very tempting. I tried Channa pulav from a diff. recipe before and found it bland – since you say this is spicy I must give this a shot.. πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Srivalli,
    I was just surfing when i came across your blog, seeing the “pal puri” recipe, was thrilled to get the exact same recipe of my attamma, and my hubby’s fav. sweet. It was really a coincidence.
    If you don’t mind are you from Cuddapah/Anantapur?
    just wanted to know, because even we too make yandu merapakayi pappu, which is one of my fav. dal, same ragi sankati..
    nice to get to know your blog, nice work friend.

  4. Asha, Coffee, SeeC, Poonam, ramya, Bee, Neelam, musical thanks for your wonderful comments

    Thanks Suganya, Laavanya, Latha please do try and let me know how it comes out

    I am so glad to know this Padma

    Welcome ..pls do try Jyothi , archana

    Oh thats good to know Dee

    It is Tee

    Glad you dropped in Lakshmi, welcome to my blog. My hubby is from Anantapur. Please do visit again.

  5. hi,

    has been going through all blogs for some time and your LBS has been quite an inspiration. this is my first comment. This particular recipe is exact in all ways. I made it with your specifications and wow came out good. but just adjusted it to my taste and added little more of chilli powder.

    thanks for sharing it.


  6. I saw a photo of your wonderful channa pulao on Laavanya’s blog … I am a huuuuge channa fan and after reading the recipe I absolutely fell in love with it! Thanks for this Srivalli πŸ˜€

  7. Hi Valli, I made this pulav last week and it was delicious. Since I added more coconut, it was not much spicy for my kids. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  8. Hi Srivalli,

    Saw about your channa pulav in Lavanyaz blog came and that way saw your blog. I tried Doing channa pulav today and it came out very well today. Good works and keep going !!!!


  9. Hmm…. I don't see the recipe for Channa Pulao. Am I missing something here? :(. Srivalli garu, can you please post it again. Picture looks very tempting and I would like to try it. Thank you πŸ™‚

  10. Swapna, sorry to disappoint you, Channa pulao is now part of my eBook which can be purchased for 5 dollars. that ebook has 15 new dishes. Let me know if you need further details.

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