Simple methi and corn pulao is the perfect one pot meal and certainly is comfort food for me! Serve it with some raita and papad and you will have a very fulfilling meal!
It seems like ages I was here the last time. It is ages since I posted something which is funny because there is so much to write about. So many travel and food stories. So many recipes to share (including this methi and corn pulao one!). So many restaurants to review. The pictures are now gathering dust in my laptop HDD if that is even possible. But the past few months have been absolutely crazy. Really, I did manage to sneak in a post a little more than a month ago, but things have been haywire at the personal front.
N’s granny who is 86 and lives with us suddenly fell very sick about 2 weeks ago. She couldn’t breathe and we had to rush her to emergency. One week in the ICU and about 10 days in hospital, she is now back home. Still not fully fine but slowly recovering, as much as she can at this age. Old age is tough, you are the person struggling with being dependent on someone and everybody around is usually used to being taken care by you and not vice versa. It’s tough to see them suffering and feel helpless because all doctors tell you for every problem they have is that “It’s the age, We can’t cure her. We just have to make her as comfortable as we can”. We all know it’s the truth but it’s the truth that hurts. The past 2.5 weeks have been a struggle, but now slowly, life is coming back to rhythm with granny also settling with a full-time attendant taking care of her. Like the doctors say, we hope to make her as comfortable as we can. And just when we were recovering and adjusted with her illness we had a round of virus doing rounds of the house ending with me catching dengue.
I can’t tell you how much I dread dengue. I know people who have passed away because of it and I know many more who have caught it and told me it’s dreadful. It makes you weak and kills your immunity but I swear despite of knowing all this, I wasn’t prepared for what hit me. Its been a little more than 3 weeks today since I was diagnosed with dengue and I am still far away from being fine. First came the fever, then the platelets drop and then finally the most dreaded body pain and now it seems on its last leg which is the weakness. I am keeping work to the bare minimum (not even taking orders for Xmas) but still by 6, I can’t even stand. Hopefully this also will be behind soon.
So now that I am at the last leg of it, I am starting to enter the kitchen again slowly. Cooking easy comfort food that I have been craving for sometime now and this afternoon, I made one of my favorite pulao – methi and corn pulao. I was surprised that I haven’t yet put the recipe for this methi and corn pulao on the blog. I thought it might be a good way to come back in action and break that block I seem to be sitting on currently.
Recipe – Methi Corn Pulao.
Comfort Food Series : Methi and Corn Pulao
- 1.5 cups rice basamati
- 1 cup sweet corn
- 1 cup methi chopped leaves
- 2 onions medium sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 5 cloves
- 1 inch cinnamon
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder (I skip this in summers)
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp garam masala masala or biryani masala (I use whatever I have at hand)
- to taste salt
- Clean, wash the rice. Soak in fresh water for about 15-20 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the saboot masalas namely bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon and saute for 2 minutes.
- Add the onions and fry till they start turning brown.
- Add all the dry masalas namely turmeric, dry ginger powder, chilli powder and garam masala. Now add the corn and methi and fry for 2 minutes.
- Add 3 cups of warm water to it along with rice and pressure cook for 1 whistle. I actually switch off the gas whenever I use basmati rice, as soon as the whistle starts. Let the steam escape on its own and separate grains of rice using a fork.
- Serve hot with a raita of choice or even plain curd.