Spicy Indian Chickpea and Quinoa Pulao

Spicy Indian Chickpea and Quinoa Pulao: absolutely delicious, easy and healthy twist to a traditional rice pulao recipe. This recipe is power packed with nutrients and made using sprouted quinoa-rice blend along with chickpeas and vegetables. (This is a Vegan & Gluten-free recipe)


We made this Spicy Indian Chickpea and Quinoa Pulao for Friday night potluck dinner and it was an instant hit. Once every month, we do potluck dinner with friends and this time I wanted to take something really healthy and hearty as we have all been binging on lots of snacks since last few days (thanks to game season).

So, all I did was, replace the regular rice in the traditional pulao/pilaf recipe with TruRoots Sprouted Rice and Quinoa Blends, and it was actually loved by everyone and we came back home with no-leftovers 🙂


This is not the first time that I had used these blends, as I’m a fan of TruRoots products (I bought mine from Target) and keep adding their products in our everyday meal. Infact, we have tried a lot of their products like spouted green lentils, red quinoa, chia seeds, sprouted quinoa and much more.

I love the fact that they are an organic brand with so many varieties to choose from that you can replace any grain or lentil in your traditional recipes to add that healthy pin/flavors.


I have actually been experimenting a lot with their sprouted blends and it fits perfectly in this recipe. You can call it a blend of traditional and modern healthy cuisine as you get the same delicious flavors of the traditional pulao but with the added benefit of quinoa+rice blend.

Also, as chickpeas are high in proteins, fiber and low in fat, this makes an extremely healthy meal and a great option for a quick lunch. I’ve also replaced regular water with vegetable stock to make it even more flavorful, however, you can just add water and the pulao is going to taste great.


So, before you go ahead and make this recipe, take advantage of the ‘Target CartWheel Offer on Tru Roots Products‘ ! I did stock up on my favorite TruRoots products using the same offer.


This Spicy Indian Chickpea and Quinoa Pulao also makes a great office lunch as they are absolutely easy to pack and taste as good once reheated.

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3 Adults


Spicy Indian Chickpea and Quinoa Pulao

7 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

12 minTotal Time

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1 Cup TruRoots Quinoa - Rice Blend

1/2 Cup Cooked Chickpeas - storebought or homemade

1 Cup Frozen Mixed Vegetable

1/4 Tsp Ginger + Garlic Paste (you may increase or decrease paste as per taste)

2 Cups Vegetable Stock - you may use water too

3 Tbs Olive Oil

2 Tbsp Cranberries - optional (to decorate)

1 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Cilantro - to decorate

Whole Spices

2 Dry Bay Leaf

3 Whole Green Cardamom - crushed

2 Cloves

1/2 Tsp Whole Cumin Seeds 

1/4 Cinnamon Stick

Powdered Spices

1/2 Tsp Garam Masala

Pinch Black Pepper

1/2 Tsp Chili Powder

1/2 Tsp Salt


  1. In a pressure cooker, add olive oil and all the whole spices.
  2. Saute this over low flame for 30 seconds.
  3. Now add frozen vegetables, chickpeas and saute for 2-3 minutes over low heat.
  4. Add powdered spices and the quinoa blend.
  5. Saute this mix for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
  6. Now add vegetable stock or water (whatever you're using) and stir once.
  7. Close the pressure cooker lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes (you'll get 3-4 steams).
  8. Turn off the heat and let the pressure cooker cool completely.
  9. Open the lid carefully and transfer the content to serving dish.
  10. Decorate with cranberries and chopped cilantro (I added 1/2 tsp crushed almonds too).
  11. Serve hot.
342 cal
10 g
54 g
13 g

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