Babycorn Paneer Pulao

Flavored rice has been my favorite since a child and i remember my mom always used to say when i gobbled the super yummy chitranna , a mildly flavored south Indian style seasoned rice that “You don’t like plain rice but when i season it in the simplest possible way, you love it so much.. Amazing you kids are!”… I used to just give her a quick look {with a smile, of course} and continue gobbling…

                     That reminded me, I will be adding the recipe of chitranna soon but for now, here is another super delicious flavored rice combing two of my favorite foods, baby corn and cottage cheese – Baby corn Paneer Pulao.. Doesn’t it look yum?

So, i had this packet of baby corn lying in the fridge waiting to be used and i was searching for new recipes to be made with it… Finally my hubby suggested i should make pulao out of it {Eureka!}.. I was more than happy that i got something to google search… But after a lot of hunting, i did not find anything easy and healthy.. Most of the sites used coconut milk for the rice and i was in no mood for hard work {grind-sieve-extract} nor had canned one.. So cancelled… When i did not find any apt recipe and it was almost lunch time, i entered the kitchen not knowing what to do… *confused*

I suddenly got this idea of making the pulao in a kadai /wok which i knew comes out better than pressure cooked method… So quickly seasoned and made this rice which did not take more than half an hour in all.. My hubby loved it so much that he said “Superb jalla” which means has come out really well and gobbled it all reminding me of myself with my moms chitranna ….

                          So dear friends, do try this rice and you are sure to love its simple but delicious flavors… And if you are all decided that you will only make gravy with Baby corn and Paneer, here is a super yum secret {turned public} recipe of my hubby, Babycorn Paneer Capsicum Masala… Do try! Happy and Healthy Cooking!! 🙂

Health Benefits of Babycorn: Good low carb food for people on diets, Excellent source of B vitamins which help in digestion and Folates which are good for the brain function..

Health Benefits of Paneer/Cottage Cheese: Good Source of Calcium, If eaten in moderation, Paneer is associated with lower body weight and reduced risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome, Good source of Protein,Prevents Stomach disorders, Helps in lower back and joint pain… 
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2 Cups Basmati Rice
6-7 Baby corns
1/2 Cup Paneer cubes
1 Onion {thinly sliced}
3 cloves of Garlic {grated}
1/2 inch piece of Ginger {grated}
1 Tomato {finely chopped}
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
1/2 Tbsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
2 Cloves
8-10 Cashews
1/2 Tbsp Oil
Coriander Leaves for garnish

1. Wash well and soak the rice for 15 to 30 mins..
2. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan {which has a lid} and add cinnamon and cloves..

3. Add cashews and fry till golden brown..

4. Add onions and fry till translucent…

5. Add the grated ginger and garlic & fry till lightly brown..

6. Add tomatoes and cook till they are mashed slightly..

7. Chop the babycorns into bite size pieces and mix well..

8. Add salt,turmeric powder,red chilli powder and garam masala powder and fry for few seconds..

9. Add the drained rice and fry till it gives out a nice aroma…

10.Add Paneer cubes and mix well..

11.Pour water till it soaks the rice completely and appox 1/2 cup more… Allow it to come to a boil..

12.At this point, reduce the flame and cover & cook till the rice gets cooked.. Takes approx 15-20 mins depending on the variety of rice..

13.Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves..
Serve hot with raita of your choice!

Note:You can also pressure cook the pulao if you are used to that method…

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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