Fresh spinach in the refrigerator gives you a lot of options to cook with.this time I decided to make a pulao with spinach.Usually I make either hara bhara pulao with spinach so I wanted to try something different and I had some sweet corn kernels also.Voila ! Spinach Sweet Corn Pulao.Its simple to make and yet very delicious and ideal for any party or as a lunch box menu.with the goodness of spinach it makes a wholesome meal. Even kids will love it as sweet corn is added to this pulao .My son loved it and urged me to make it again .
Preparation time:30 mins
Basmati rice-2 cups
Chopped Spinach -2 cups(packed tightly)
Sweet corn-50 gms
Chopped onion- 1 big
Green chillies-1 or 2 slit lengthwise
Chilli powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves -2 tbsp
Chopped mint leaves -2 tbsp
Kasuri methi -1 tbsp
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
To grind to a fine paste:
Cinnamon -2 one inch sticks
1.Wash and soak the basmati rice in 3 cups of water for 20 mins.
2.Grind the ingredients given above for grinding to a fine paste.
3. Heat oil and add the tempering ingredients.after a minute add the slit green chilli and onions and saute well .
4.Once the onions turn transparent add the ground paste and mix well till the raw smell goes off.Then add the turmeric powder,salt and chilli powder.
5.After it is done,add the tomatoes and saute well,followed by spinach,coriander and mint.
6.After the greens are sautéed well add the fresh sweet corn kernels,rice along with the water in which it is soaked .add kasuri methi and garam masala and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
7.The spinach sweet corn pulao is ready and serve hot with raita and papad.
*You can use boiled channa insteadof sweet corn for a spinach channa pulao.
* You can avoid garam masala if you wish.
*When soaking basmati rice,instead of water you can substitute half of it with milk for a rich flavour and taste.