Corn Pulao

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 1 cup heaped regular rice or basmati rice or 210 to 215 grams rice
  • 1.5 cups corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium to large onion, thinly sliced or ½ cup sliced onion
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 cups water or add as required
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnish

For The Green Chutney Paste

  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  • ½ inch ginger – chopped or ½ teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1 or 2 green chilies – chopped
  • 3 to 4 small garlic – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut or fresh coconut
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon water for grinding

Whole Spices

  • 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 small star anise (chakriphool) – optional
  • 1 or 2 single strands of mace (javitri)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 to 5 black peppers
  • 1 tiny piece of stone flower (patthar ke phool) – optional

Instructions

Preparation

  • Rinse 1 heaped cup rice well in water and then soak in enough water for 20 minutes. 
  • After 20 minutes strain the rice well and keep aside. I used ambe mohur rice (mango blossom rice). You can also use basmati rice or regular rice.
  • When the rice is soaking, slice the corn kernels from the corn. Keep them aside. From 1 medium corn cob, I got 1.5 cups corn kernels. You can also use 1 cup corn kernels.

Making Green Chutney Paste For Pulao

  • Take the ingredients mentioned “for green chutney” in a small grinder or chutney grinder.
  • Add 1 to 2 tbsp water and grind to a smooth paste. You can skip coconut, if you don’t have. In this case, add 1 to 2 tsp water while grinding. 
  • If not grinding then just add chopped coriander and mint leaves after the onions are browned, directly in the cooker. Also add 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and skip desiccated coconut.

Making Corn Pulao

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add all the spices mentioned under the list “whole spices”. Allow them to crackle.
  • Then add the thinly sliced onions. Saute the onion still they start becoming golden.
  • Then add the ground paste. Stir well and saute for a couple of seconds.
  • Then add the corn kernels.
  • Season with the following spices – 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp red chilli powder and 1/2 tsp coriander powder.
  • Stir very well and add the rice. Gently stir and mix the rice with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Now add 1.75 to 2 cups water. Depending on the type and quality of rice, you can add water. For basmati rice, you can add 1.5 to 1.75 cups of water. 
  • Organic basmati rice requires more water to cook. So add 2 cups of water for organic basmati rice. Stir.
  • Season with salt. Taste and the water should have a slightly salty taste.
  • Cover and pressure cook corn rice on a medium flame for 2 whistles or for 9 to 12 minutes.
  • When the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid. Gently fluff the rice. 
  • Garnish with 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. 
  • And then serve corn pulao with a side veggie salad or raita.