Sunday, January 24, 2010

Methi Corn Rice - reposted for Anita's APS Rice Event

I had posted " Methi Corn Pulav" on 26th December,2009
The same is re-posted and sent to wonderful Anita of "Anita's Kitchen" who is hosting her first ever , APS Rice Event.

This is my second entry to her lovely event.

Sometime back, I had came across a Marathi cookbook having recipes with Methi and Palak. (unfortunately, I am unable to remember the name right now) In that book, I came across an interesting Methi Pulav recipe. I say interesting because generally in the methi rice recipes that i had come across earlier, the rice is usually cooked separately and then methi and other ingredients are added to the cooked rice.But in this particular recipe, the methi and rice are cooked together in pressure cooker. This is also adapted from interesting simple yellow fried rice with sweet corn and turmeric recipe from Live to Eat. The original recipe is here. I liked the use of turmeric powder in methi rice.However, the flavor of methi is bitter so I thought of adding something sweet to the rice hence I thought of adding sweet corn to the methi rice to give it bitter-sweet taste.
I have mixed and modified both the recipes by adding sweet corns.I felt that the combination of the sweet taste of sweetcorn and the bitter taste of methi will come out nicely in the Pulav. The Pulav was a instant hit with my family and guests when I made it for dinner.
Here's how I made the Methi Corn Pulav -
Ingredients - Methi(Fenugreek) Leaves - One cup ( cleaned, washed and cut)
Basmati Rice - One cup
Fresh Sweet corn - 1 cup
Potato - 1 (peeled and chopped)
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Tomato - 1 (finely chopped) This is optional.
Few cloves of garlic
Ginger - Finely shredded or cut into small pieces (alternatively use 1 teaspoon of ginger & garlic paste)
Oil - One tablespoon / Ghee Salt as per taste
Cloves / Lavang - 5/6
Black Pepper / Kali Miri- 7/8
Cinnamon/Dalchini - 1 inch stick
Bay Leaves / Tamal Patra- 2
Black Cardamom/ Badi Velachi - 1 2 green chillies or one teaspoon red chilli powder
Curry Leaves (optional)
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai).
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania)
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder) (optional)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
Water - 2 cups
Fresh green coriander leaves for garnishing
Method -
Wash and soak one cup basmati rice .Drain the excess water and keep the washed rice aside for at least half an hour.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil (alternatively ghee can be used) in pressure cooker.
When the oil is heated, add 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai). When the mustard seeds start spluttering,add cumin seeds,asafoetida,Cloves,Black Pepper,Cinnamon,Bay Leaves and Black Cardamom.
Add finely chopped onion & curry leaves and stir till the onions turn translucent.
Add turmeric powder, chopped potato and tomato.Then add ginger and garlic.
Alternatively ginger garlic paste can be used.
Add one cup basmati rice and one cup washed & finely chopped methi leaves and stir well.
Add 2 green chillies or one teaspoon red chilli powder, coriander powder , cumin powder and garam masala powder. Stir well.
Add salt as per taste and 2 cups of water.
Add one cup of Fresh Sweet corn and stir well.
Close the lid of pressure cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.
After 2 whistles, keep on low flame for 5 minutes and then switch off the gas.

Garnish with fresh green coriander leaves and serve hot steaming Methi Corn Pulav with raita.


Padhu said...

New to your blog .Methi Corn rice looks delicious! Do drop by
when time permits

Ms.Chitchat said...

Hi, hopped on to ur space thro' a link. You have nice and interesting recipes. Following u. Drop by mine when u find time. Happy blogging :):)


shanthi said...

This is different and delicious. Do visit my blog when time permits.

Sushma Mallya said...

Healthy and a yummy combo rujuta...Nice recipe to try as well

Rujuta said...

@Padhu : Hi! Welcome to my blog and thanks for your lovely comments

@ Ms.Chitchat : Hi! Welcome to my blog... Glad that you liked the recipes

@Shanthi : Hi! Welcome to my blog

@ Sushma Mallya : Welcome to my blog and thanks....

my kitchen said...

Thanks for drooping my blog & ur encouraging words dear.
New recipe to me,looks delicious

Dolly said...

Dear Rujuta, thanks for visiting my blog and ur kind comments.This gave me a perfect opportunity to visit you.I'm glad I stopped by. LOve ur Methi corn Rice. Easy, deliious and healthy..thats kind of my Also loved ur write-ups..Read ur other posts as well..I'll be following you.

Rujuta said...

@ my kitchen : Welcome to my blog

@ Dolly : Welcome to my blog and thanks for your wonderful comments