Kala -Channa Pulav


1 bowl cooked kala-channa dal
1 cinnamon stick
3 cardomom pods
1 star anise
3 cloves.

2 onions (chopped)
2 tomatoes (chopped)
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 green chillies
1/2 tbsp Ginger + Garlic paste 
Coriander leaves
3 cups Basmati rice 

3 cups warm water + 1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp salt
10 g butter
2 tbsp oil 

Boil water along with salt & keep aside

Heat oil + butter & fry spices
Add onions & fry till light golden brown.
Add ginger - garlic paste along with chilli & fry again.
Then add coriander powder, turmeric powder & salt.
Stir for a while & then add chopped tomatoes .
Fry for a while & then add cooked channa dal along with basmati rice.
Add boiled water along with coconut milk.
Bring to the boil, cover tightly and simmer until the rice is tender and the water has been absorbed.
Reduce the heat. When rice is 3/4 cooked remove from fire . Close the lid tightly .
Stir occassionaly with a wooden spatule.
Garnish with coriander leaves & garam masala.
Serve hot with Raita & Chutney.