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Corn Spinach Pulao | Makai Palak Pulao

Sweet corn and spinach pulao is a healthy and nutrient packed yet delicious flavorful one pot meal. Greens are one of the most essential and nutritious foods to include in our meals, but we sometimes forget it and don't have enough. This pulao is quite easy to make and if you have leftover rice, this can be done in very less time. It makes a great lunchbox recipe too.

The freshly ground spices lends a beautiful flavor and aroma to this pulao. Addition of juicy sweet corn balances the spices and makes it colorful and inviting, so even the choosy eaters will not shy away from eating this pulao. This healthy and mildly spiced pulao is very filling and contains all the necessary nutrients. Serve the pulao with a bowl of raita and papad.


{ Pulao with spinach and sweet corn, with freshly ground spices }
Serves 3-4


1 cup basmati rice
1 bunch (150-200 gms) spinach leaves, chopped
1 cup sweet corn
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 green chilly, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
¼ cup tomato puree
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
1 bay leaf
Salt to taste

To roast and grind:
1 tsp coriander seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds / jeera
½ tsp fennel seeds / sombu
3 dry red chillies
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 clove
4-5 black peppercorn


1. Wash and soak the rice for 15-20 minutes. Add 2 cups of water and cook the rice. Spread the rice on a plate and allow to cool.

2. Dry roast the spices until nice aroma comes and the spices are slightly golden. Cool and grind to a powder using a mortar-pestle or mixie.

3. Cook the corn kernels adding little water until soft. Or microwave them for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

4. In a pan, heat oil and butter. Add bay leaf and after few seconds add onion. Fry till it turns soft and translucent.

5. Add green chilly, ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes. Then add tomato puree, turmeric powder and fry for 3-4 minutes.

6. Then add the ground spice powder and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook till it wilts. Add corn and saute for another 2-3 minutes.

7. Add the cooked rice, salt and gently combine everything. Cook for another 2-3 minutes and remove from heat.

Notes and Tips
  • Squeeze some lemon at the end if you like bit of tang to the pulao.
  • Do not cook the spinach for long time, just enough till the leaves wilts, otherwise it will turn bitter.


  1. Pulao looks stunning and very yummy dear :)

  2. healthy fried rice.. looks yum!

  3. Pulao looks fantastic!

  4. Lovely combination , looks so inviting.

  5. this is such a flavourable pulav... thank you for sharing !
    New to your space.... adding to you to my google plus circle too :)
    would love to connect. Do drop by my space Sandhya's Kitchen when you get a chance...


  6. very interesting recipe, and definitely sounds healthy, great clicks as always Sona.

  7. Healthy colourful Pulao. Cant make a rice dish more healthy than this.

  8. healthy twist,yummm :)

  9. yum yum....sounds very delicious !

  10. Love the combo....... Looks tasty!

  11. Healthy and flavorful pulao, looks delicious and inviting.. Nice clicks and presentation..

  12. Delicious Sona. I am going to try this tonight for dinner. Will let you know how it turned out to be. :-)


  13. Delicious pulao, looks very inviting.. Nice pics..

  14. yummy pulao...perfect texture

  15. Looks delicious !
    I loved your clicks too..

  16. Awesome clicks.. Delicious and yummy pulao..

  17. This looks droolworthy, beautiful photo.

  18. Very colourful and beautiful combo for making pulao, makes a delicious one pot meal.

  19. love this delicious looking one pot meal... awesome pics...

  20. that`s a nice combo n healthy too.


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