Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Corn pilaf

When I last blogged, I had no idea I was about to go on a break, a forced one, I must mention. Our old faithful ( laptop) valiantly survived many an attack at little S's little fingers. 
It withstood the plucking of it's keys, sticky fingers smudging it's face, sometimes even bearing  the weight of a toddler and most often, I  guiltily add, bearing the weight of the pictures I would keep adding. 
M kept reminding me, often, to take a back up, I'd nod  and go my way picking up this, cleaning that, chasing S, yelling at M to stop lecturing and get on with 'actually doing' something. 
I'd remember the back up late, late night and postpone it, I couldn't drag myself out of bed, I was too tired.
And then it happened, the old faithful gave up with a moan. I looked on helplessly  and quietly bundled it off into another room away from prying tiny fingers. It lay there, forgotten ... almost. Every few days I'd sadly glance at it, tsk, tsk,  hear a murmured " I told you.." from M and get on with life. I mourned the loss of my precious pictures, I had SO many waiting  to be blogged, blamed myself, to think I could 'atleast' have put the pictures on a post and saved it in the drafts! 

Then a couple of days ago, for no apparent reason, I picked up TOF (the old faithful) and trembling slightly plugged it in and powered it on, groan by groan the wretched thing started and thankfully I rescued a few pictures before it collapsed yet again.

Glad I had at least something, I spat on my hands ( well, not really... c'mon!) and got down to blogging! 

I had this recipe scribbled on a sheet of paper with no more than just that. Looks like it is an old  recipe that I had scribbled and forgotten  all about. 
Simple and delicious  describes this rice dish well and is an excellent idea for a lunch box or a potluck.

1 Cup Basmati Rice
1 Tbs Ghee
1/4 tsp. Black pepper
1 inch Cinnamon stick
1/2 cup Spring Onions chopped
1/2 cup Green Bell Pepper chopped
1 cup corn kernels ( I used frozen)
2 Cups Water
Salt to taste

Wash the rice thoroughly in 3-4 changes of water and soak in fresh water for 30 mins. Drain

Heat Ghee, add black pepper and cinnamon stick

Add  chopped spring onion (i used the greens as well) pepper and corn for half a minute

 At this stage I transfer the vegetable mix to my rice cooker and add rest of the ingredients and let it cook away.

For stove top method :

Add soaked rice, water and salt to taste, bring to a boil

Cover and cook  till water evaporates  and rice is cooked

Serve hot with pickle and papad. Enjoy.
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  1. Wonderful pilaf, super inviting and filling..

  2. Yum! Simple and clearly delicious!

  3. Very tasty and healthy pilaf. I can have the entire bowl :) !

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. This looks like a nice complement to so many dishes...looking forward to making it soon.

  5. Hi Pallavi;
    Good to have you back...This post does bring up memories of certain I TOLD YOU SO....Pilaf looks yumm and under 30 mins...works for me....

  6. OMG... What a tempting recipe.. lovely presentation dear..

  7. I would love to make this sometime! I just posted a coconut pulao recipe and have ranted on in my post how i know so very less rice recipes and that i should learn more..perfect timing :)

  8. Hi Manasi, the corn pilaf looks so fresh and delicious for summer! :)

  9. That looks delicious. I'm totally craving it.
    US Masala

  10. The corn pilaf looks so delicious! Would love to try it..

  11. Kudos to your faithful laptop for coming back to life for you! My last laptop did not survive the carefree walks my cat, Pubm, used to take over the keyboard, despite my best efforts to keep her away from it. Her other favorite thing to do was rub her head against the keyboard as if it was the most satisfying scratchpad. :)

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  13. A healthy dish! I love pilafs and basmati rice.




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