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Corn Kalonji Pulao

10/03/2010 10:40:00 AM
Kallonji are black seeds which tastes like oregano and have a bitterness to them like mustard-seeds. I wondered if we blend this with Sweet corn and rice then a beautiful taste sweet bittery taste will arise. I suggest to use well flavoured Basmati rice for this recipe.

Preparation Time: 30 Mins

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Basmati Rice - soaked in water for about 15-20 mins
1 cup finely chopped onions
1 cup sweet corn - fresh/canned
1/2 cup Green Peas - Frozen/Fresh
3 tbsp - Kasuri Methi/Dry Fenugreek Leaves
2 tsp - cumin seeds/Jeera
1 tsp - Nigella seeds/Kallonji
1 tsp - Fennel Seeds/Saunf
2 green chillies - slit lengthwise
2 bay leaves
2-3 cloves
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1 cup - Fresh Yogurt
3-4 Green Cardamoms/Elaichi
2 sticks - cinnamon
A big pinch of Turmeric
1 tsp - Red chilli powder
1 tsp - Garam Masala
Salt as per taste
2 tbsp - oil

Method:
Cook soaked Basmati Rice in 1 1/2 cups of water
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. When the oil heats up, throw in Cumin seeds, Nigella seeds & Saunf.
When the seeds pop & splutter, Add green chillies, bay leaves & ginger-garlic paste
Throw in Cloves, Cinnamon, Cardamons & saute for a minute
Add onions & a pinch of turmeric & saute until they turn transparent.
Add red chilli powder & Garam Masala & saute till the raw smell disappears
Add kasuri Methi to this mixture & cook on low flame for about 2 mins
Add sweet corn & green peas & saute until tender
Add yogurt to this mixture & cook on low flame for another couple of minutes
Add salt as per your taste. Add cooked rice to the mixture
Fluff with a fork & mix well

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