Monday, June 17, 2013

Cheese Baby-Corn and Cabbage Pulao (Pilaf)

Cheese, baby-corn and cabbage Pulao is delicious, nutritious and appetizing not only to the palate but also it fits into all my categories quick ,easy and healthy. Pulao (pilaf) in India is rice-based main course dish with rice, vegetables and some spices. The addition of the cheese with the right balance of mild spices makes this pulao a balanced one meal.

It is great for Sunday’s meal when you do not want to cook much. Serve with your favorite raita or salad!

Serves : 2
Preparation and cooking time: 30 min

Serves : 2
Preparation and cooking time: 30 min


For Rice -
  • 1 cup long grain basmati rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water (or as needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil or butter
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
For Pulao -
  • 2 tablespoon oil or butter
  • 1 clove
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • pinch of asafetida (Hing, optional) (I always use hing in my cooking as it aids digestion)
  • 6-7 baby corn cut in two pieces
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon green chili paste (optional)
  • 1 cup Cabbage julienned (cut into long thin strips)
  • 1/4 cup Green Bell pepper julienned
  • 1/4 cup Red Bell pepper julienned (feel free to add any colored Bell pepper) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheese 
  • 3 tablespoon tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  1. Wash and soak the rice in water for 10-15 minutes. Drain and add salt, oil or butter and 2 cup water to it  and cook them. (Cook in pressure cooker or rice cooker)
  2. Spread the cooked rice in a flat plate, add heavy cream, mix well and let it cool down.
  3. Next heat the oil or butter on a medium flame, fry Baby corn little, take it out in a plate and keep aside.
  4. In the same oil add clove, cinnamon stick, bay leaf and asafetida and sauté it for few seconds.
  5. Now add chopped onion and sauté it for a minute.
  6. Next add julienned green and red bell pepper, julienned cabbage, green chili paste and sauté it for few minutes.
  7. Now add Cooked Rice, black Pepper, salt, 1/3 cup cheese, fried baby corn and tomato sauce.  Mix gently and sauté for few seconds.
  8. Garnish with Cilantro, cheese and fried baby corn. Serve hot.

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