Spinach:- the most dreaded veggie among children, reason - unknown. I remember, during my childhood days, me and brother would make a big racket if there was spinach or for that matter any of the green leafy vegetables. But my mom did not give up on us. She thought of different ways to incorporate it in our diet. She would make Spinach Parathas, Spinach Dosas, Spinach Pulao etc. We used to love eating those Green and colorful dishes. And my mother would silently feel happy that she could make us eat this simple yet nutritious Veggie in some form or the other.
The vicious cycle continues, you guessed it right; my daughter can’t stand the sight of greens. Then, one day I remembered this pulao which my mom used to make using spinach and green peas. I tried it out by substituting peas with sweet corn and packed it for my lil one’s school lunch. I was waiting apprehensively for the result. The verdict- my mom’s trick had worked again .
Prep Time: about 25 to 30 mins
What you’ll need
1. Basmathi Rice – 1 cup
2. Spinach – 3 to 4 small bunches
3. Sweet Corn Niblets - ¾ cup
4. Onion – 2 medium sized
5. Green Chillies – 2
6. Garlic – 3 to 4 cloves
7. Cloves – 2
8. Green Cardamom – 2
9. Bay Leaf – 1
10. Cinnamon – a small piece
11. Garam Masala Powder – ½ tsp
12. Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
13. Fennel Seeds – ½ tsp
14. Oil/Ghee/Butter – 1 tbsp
15. Salt to Taste
Wash and cook rice with 2 cups of water. After it is done, remove the cooked rice onto a plate and allow it to cool.
In the meanwhile, wash and chop spinach finely. Pressure cook or microwave the corn niblets as well. Slit the green chillies, slice onions and finely chop garlic.
Heat a non stick Kadai with about a tbsp of oil, add the cumin, fennel, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and the bay leaf. Saute for 30 secs to 1 min. Next add in the slit green chillies, chopped garlic and sauté for a minute. Now add the sliced onions and fry for about 2 to 3minutes or till the onions turn slightly brown. Next add the chopped spinach and sauté till all the moisture is absorbed and spinach is cooked. Now add the boiled corn, cooked rice salt and garam masala powder. Mix everything well.
Delicious Spinach Corn Pulao is ready. Tastes good as it is, if you like you could serve it with a raita of your choice.
Linking this to Dish it out – Spinach and Garlic an event started by Vardhini, Light Lunches being hosted at Red Chillies, Quick and Easy Recipe Mela hosted by Nithu and also to My Mother’s Kitchen an event started by Kalyani, Also linking this to WWC - Corn for Dinner being hosted by Reva started by Sangeetha