Saturday, July 14, 2007

White Corn Pulav (A-Z Of Vegetables)

Do you ever get the feeling that you eat rice ALL the time? Every meal? I do... M is a rice lover. Whereas I like to eat Rice as well as Roti /Parathas /Naans /Puri /Bread.....

But since I ma the 'only' customer for the bread items, it is not frequently made. So I usually end up making Rice with some variation or spices....

With the 'W' of Nupur's A-Z of Vegetables coming up.. considering my options (Wadi, whole Wheat, Wheat... naaaaaaah.... I could just see M wrinkling his nose and launching into how much he dislikes roti or any cousin of a roti!) I finally pounced upon a packet of frozen white corn at Trader Joe's.

A favourite way of eating corn is of course the 'bhutta', on the beach.. huddled under the umbrella if it is raining... biting off the roasted kernels smeared with lemon juice and salt-red chilly powder!!! And then again you have corn soup... corn cutlets.... corn tortillas... makke di roti..
My first idea was to make cutlets/ patties .. but after a long day at work, I decided to make an easy meal... White Corn Pulav and Daal Fry (damn right! Daal Fry for RCI!!!!)
This is a VERY simple Pulav.. quick and easy to make and good to eat!!

All you need is:

1 1/2 cups rice (basmati)

1 Med. onion chopped lengthwise

1 cup White Corn

2 tbsp Oil

1 tsp Jeera/ Cumin

1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste

1 Green Chilly (+/- to taste)

Salt to taste

*Pulav Masala ( I used Shan Pilau masala)

3 cups Water

Cilantro to Garnish

Prep: Wash the Basmati rice in 2-3 changes of water. Drain All water and keep aside for 20 mins. Slice the onion Lengthwise, chop the chilly. Cook the corn as per instructions ( I used the microwave)

Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin, next add the ginger-garlic paste (be careful at this stage, as the paste will sputter a lot, keep a lid close at hand) , add the chilly.

Next add the onions and saute for a few mins. Add the rice and mix well (so that each grain is coated with oil) add the pulav masala. Add water and cover and cook till it is 75% done. At this stage, add the corn, add salt and mix well, but not with vigour, that will break the rice... . Cover and cook till fully cooked
* Shan masala has a the badi elaichi(big cardamom) and clove , cinnamon pieces and is not in the powder form.

M hates all the ingredients (*) - they make his ears smoke or so he says!!! So I add minimal masala to any Pulav, in this case it was 1 big elaichi, 1 half a centimeter pieces of cinnamon, 1 clove and 2 peppercorns.

This in fact made the pulav even tastier (in my opinion). There was no overwhelming flavour that spoilt the taste of biting into the juicy and ever so slightly sweet corn .

Corn Pulav with Daal Fry

This is my entry for the W, of the A-Z of Vegetables at Nupur's One Hot Stove!

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  1. I never thought of making Pulav with corn...The dish looks yummy... Thanks for sharing!

  2. Nice simple dish for a weekend right??
    looks pretty tasty manasi!!

  3. love it! so simple, but so tempting

  4. Corn Pulav with Dal fry!!!! Thats super comfort food Manasi! :D

    And chewing away the bhutta in the rains is like.......... (I am in the dreamland already!!)

  5. Hey,I love dal fry better than the Pulav! YUMM-O!!:)
    Recipe please.

  6. A simple yet tasty dish- nice entry Manasi

  7. Simply Delicious ! ;) Corn Pulav tastes so good...have tried it once or twice, and Dal fry is my favourite and making it for RCI is a superb idea!!!

  8. Oh Manasi! That last picture is so inviting. Dal fry recipe follows?

  9. I made pulao too...same pinch :D
    Your looks so perfect for a hearty late-night dinner!

  10. Nice blog Manasi...been visiting frequently :)
    I like your pulao recipe...sounds yummy with dal fry. That white corn is such a saviour!!I always stock up on it when I go to TJs...and have several 'instant' recipes for it...(its my frequent midnight snack when I work late)Thaw in microwave, spike with cumin (whole or powdered) and (fresh)cilantro and add milk and a tbs of mashed potato mix (or half a baked russet crumbled)...salt, pepper, sugar to taste....quick soup!!

  11. I never try pulav with white corn I have one fresh corn at home so try your pulav my dear. Thanks for sharing. It’s looks delicious.

  12. hey !
    You have been tagged...

  13. Hi Cinnamon!! oohh like that name!!! corn pulav is a nice change from the everyday ones!!!

    Hi Padmaja!! very simple and tasty!!! Thanx !!

    Hi Saju!! Thanks a lot!!

    Hi Coffee!! I've been dreaming and day dreaming of rains, bhutta.. !! oh man!!!

  14. Hi Asha!! YES M'AM... dal fry recipe coming up!!!!

    HiPriyanka!! Thank u dear!!

    Hi Tee! Thanx dear.!! I tried corn pulav for the first time and am pleased with the result!

    Hi suganya... yes , will post daal fry in a day or 2!!!

  15. Hi Nupur!! matching .. matching!!!! :D

    Hi Aspiring Annapoorna!! thanx for ur recipe too! cool!!!

    Hi Kajal!!Kem cho (is that correct?)? Thanx dear!!!

    Hi Tee, tagged!!! thanx!! i'd love to do that!!

  16. that is a clever one for W.:))
    lovely looking pulav.

  17. i love corn pulao mansi. adding pulao masala takes it to the another level. i use MTR pulao masala. see if u can get hold of it as i feel its the best one compared to other brands(oh no!!! i am not PR head of MTR;)

  18. by the way plz do post dal fry recipe... that pic is torturing me:)

  19. yummy pulav .....must have tasted great..thks for sharing

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