I have been on a Kasuri Methi spree. Ever since I bought a big pack of Kasuri Methi, I have been using it in every dish I can think of :D
I had eaten Corn Pulao at a party and was wanting to try it at home since a very long time. I finally looked for a recipe, & in the process of making it, I felt the pulao would turn out very bland & dry. So I tweaked the recipe, added Yogurt & some more spices to it & made Biryani instead .. It turned out to be super delicious & Iam definitely making it again.
Here's my own version of Corn-Methi Biryani . . .
Preparation Time: 30 Mins
- 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
- 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
Serve with Raita .. Enjoi !!!
Take another look . . .
What I really like about this dish is, the mild flavor of the spices prefectly complimenting sweet corn, making it very enjoyable. At the same time, it does not make you feel stuffed like other Biryanis. It goes well with any Raita of your choice.
You could add more Kasuri Methi, if you want the methi flavor to be more dominant.
Dig In . . .
This is my entry for the event, Herb Mania - Fenugreek hosted by Redchillies !