Corn Vegetable Pulao | Kid's Lunch Box Recipes

>>  Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Last week when Amma had got these corn kernels, we wanted to cook as many dishes with these as we could. But as it would be, we couldn't find enough time to get whatever we planned. Then when hubby dear went on a day's trip we had lunch to be planned only for us. This actually gave us some new possibilites as Athamma wanted me to make something with these corns and complete it.

I made this Corn Vegetable Pulao, which was very quick and easy to make. Everybody at office loved it and came back home to know that kids liked it too and wanted it to be done again. They ate their lunch without complains and I had a dish that surely meets their liking. I just went about doing it as the regular pulao, just making sure that rice doesn't get overcooked and the corns are intact. 

Cooking Mode : Pressure Cooking

Ingredients Needed:

Rice - 2 cups
Onions - 1 medium
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder  1/2 tsp
Green Chilies - 3 medium.
Beans, Carrot, - 1 cup
Fresh Corn Kernels - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Mint leaves - 4-5 leaves.
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Oil- 2 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsp
Water - 3 & 1/2 cups

Whole spices :

Bay Leaf - 1
Cloves - 2
Cardamon - 2"

Method to prepare:

Wash and soak rice for 15 mins.
Heat the pressure pan with oil. Add the whole spices and stir for couple of minutes. Then add onion julienne, slit green chilies, stir till the onions are light brown. Then add the ginger garlic paste. Cook for couple of minutes.

Then add finely chopped tomatoes, add the chili powder, salt and simmer for few minutes til the tomatoes are soft.

Add the chopped vegetables along with corn kernels. Combine everything well.

Add the mint leaves, drain the rice and add to the pan. Saute for couple of minutes.

Then add 3 & 1/2 cups of water. Bring to boil and cover to cook for 3 whistles or till done.

I took this for my lunch and my colleagues liked it so much. More than that, I was elated when my boys loved this and wanted this to be made again.

Reduce the spice if kids don't eat more spicy but as such this wasn't so spicy.

What do you pack for your kids?


Pavithra December 28, 2010 at 9:56 PM  

Looks yumm valli :)

Jennifer Kumar, Cross-Cultural Coach December 28, 2010 at 9:58 PM  

Srivalli this looks really good. My husband will love it.

Here in US we get corn in a can, of course, and it's already eatable. How do you get corn in India- on the cob? I mean can you get canned in India? Or for corn it always needs to be cooked before eating? What if someone wants to eat the corn do you cook it to get it soft?

Sorry if I can't explain clearly.

Happy New Year!

Incidently, what happens if you substitute rice with nutrela granules? Would it be like a nice veggie dish to put on top of rice, noodles or as we call in US "veggie sloppy joe" and eat it with/on a bun like pav bhaji.

Sin-A-Mon (Monika) December 28, 2010 at 10:10 PM  

this is a regular at home without the green chillies :D

and mine takes only snacks at home till now

Nithya December 28, 2010 at 10:46 PM  

I love corn too :) I am sure I wont have any complains eating it if someone serves me with such a yummy pulao ;)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal December 28, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

What a great idea dear. Looks very very superb.

జ్యోతి December 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM  

Valli,, nice recipe but u didnt mention anything abt rice in preparation method..

Gayathri's Cook Spot December 29, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

Pulao looks colourful and yummy..

Srivalli December 29, 2010 at 1:11 PM  

Thank you friends..


Thank you, do prepare it.

We get corn in all ways now Jennifer, on the cob, canned, shelled. The one I am using here is called the American Sweet Corn. I am not sure if it is imported but it is rather sweet. The Indian variety has to be naturally cooked before consumption. But these American sweet corns are soft and I think one can eat as such. Even when cooked it tastes great. Refer my Carrot Corn Muffin, I have shown how the corn kernels come packed.

As you said we have to cook the Indian variety in pressure cooker or microwave but it takes longer time. But these sweeter versions are easy to cook ones.

haha..yes I can we will end up with a dish like that..:)

Thank you for the greetings. Wish you and your family a great year ahead.

Mons, Oh that is nice to know..when they start taking snacks it becomes double trouble for us to plan..:))

Thank you Jyothi for pointing that out..looks like I need to check double times when I write at night..:)

Priya Sreeram December 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM  

good one !

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets December 31, 2010 at 12:43 AM  

I don't have any children to feed yet, but I myself just went back to school so I'm always on the lookout for good lunchbox recipes. Thanks and happy new year!

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