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Potato & Chickpeas Rice

This recipe for Potato & Chickpeas Rice was created in partnership with Hamilton Beach Canada, as one of their brand ambassadors. All opinions, as always, are my own. I only write about and recommend products I use and love myself.

I often find that when thinking up dinner ideas, I tend to gravitate a lot more towards rice dishes, like this Potato & Chickpeas Rice. Maybe its the quick comfort that comes from a big bowl of rice, or the fact that I’d rather eat raw wheat than knead and mould it into rotis, waiting for them to puff over a burning stove! So it comes as no surprise that I find myself cooking more varieties of rice-based dishes multiple times a week.

Recipe for Potato & Chickpea Rice taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

There’s an unsaid rule when it comes to cooking rice, that’s followed in many kitchens throughout Asia – when cooking rice, NEVER cook just enough! You always make sure there’s plenty left over. And I completely agree – rice is just great to use as leftovers. It freezes perfectly, can easily be revamped into an amazingly tasty dish in a matter of minutes, and not to mention, tastes divine when simply warmed up and served alongside a fried egg and some Indian pickle!

Often, I make a big batch of plain rice over the weekend and spruce it up during the week. Of the many variations I make from (purposely) left-over rice, some of my all-time easy-breezy favourites can be seen herehere and here, all quick, simple and delicious dinner ideas.

When I decided to make dinner last night, I knew I would once again be cooking what else, but rice. So I settled for a recipe that was simple and so delicious – Pulao or as some call it, Pilaf. Pulao is very common in North Indian cuisine and is often served as a side to exotic curries and salads. This Potato & Chickpeas Rice is a family favourite. I served mine simply with a big bowl of mixed veggie Raita and some Papad.

Potato and Chickpeas Rice

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas rinsed thoroughly and drained
  • 2 cups Basmati rice rinsed thoroughly and drained
  • 4 cups water
  • a handful of fresh cilantro leaves chopped for garnish


  • Set the rice cooker function in Saute mode. Heat oil and saute cumin seeds, garlic and onions till tender and fragrant. Add in spices and salt, and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add in tomatoes and stir-fry for a minute before adding in the chickpeas. Mix well to coat the chickpeas with the spices.
  • Add in the rice and water, and give it a quick stir to mix everything well.
  • Close the lid of the rice cooker and set it to White Rice mode. Once the rice is done, gently fluff it with a fork and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves. Serve warm.


This recipe was made in the Hamilton Beach Multi-Function Rice Cooker

If you enjoyed this recipe, you will surely love my Peas Pulao, Tomato Pulao and Mushroom and Peas Pulao recipe as well.

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