I made this one pot Corn Pulao for my lunch today. Rice is cooked along with the veggies. There was a time when I tried to cook rice using the open pot method, it would either end up uncooked or burnt at the bottom. I have gotten better over time and now I make decent rice dishes without using the pressure cooker.
This corn rice has both corn kernels and baby corn. It is lightly spiced, so I served it with some tomato raita. It makes for a filling and delicious weeknight meal. Add some paneer or soy chunks or other protein to make this a complete meal. This is another recipe adapted from the Telugu cooking show I have been talking about a lot in my previous posts.
I used frozen corn which is already cooked, but if you are using fresh corn and it is a little tough then boil it first before adding it to rice. Also for the baby corn, I used the ones from the can, if you are using fresh then boil them as well.
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and keep it hot until ready to use.
Heat 1tbsp of oil; add bay leaves, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon stick. Cook until they start to smell fragrant, about 1 minute.
Next add the chopped onions and green chilies. Cook until onions turn translucent.
Add cashews and cook for a minute.
Then add ginger + garlic paste, cook for another minute. Next add the corn kernels and baby corn. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
Time to add the herbs and salt. Mix well and cook until they start to wilt a little bit.
Drain the rice and add to the pan. Mix gently to coat with the veggie & herb mixture. Now add the hot water, mix well and cook covered on medium-low flame until all the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Resist the temptation to open the lid before 10 minutes.
Gently fluff the rice and serve hot with your favorite side dish. I served with some onion-tomato raita.