The eight step Pulao before a trip

1) Waste time wondering why days preceding a trip are so short
2) Remember the 101 things you have to do, especially clearing the fridge/ freezer
3) Go through your packing list as you chop fenugreek
4) Hesitate at #4, rummage through neatly packed bag, make a mess, repack
5) Pick up half used packets of corn and paneer from freezer
6) Look at fridge wistfully since your husband will be turning it into a science experiment soon
7) Make a pulao to use up everything and pretend that was the 'recipe' all along
8) Close blog before you miss the flight


METHI CORN PANEER (and anything else you want to get rid of) PULAO
(serves 2)
1 cup cooked basmati rice
1 bunch of fenugreek, washed and chopped
a handful of corn
5-6 paneer cubes (optional)
1 bay leaf
1 medium size onion, sliced
2-3 green chillies
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
Roast lightly and powder - (more about this mix here)
1" piece of cinnamon
3-4 green cardamoms
3-4 cloves

Heat ghee/ oil in a pan. Add paneer cubes and fry till lightly browned. Remove and keep aside. Add bay leaf, then sliced onion and chillies. Saute till it turns translucent.

Next add ginger garlic paste and mix well. Toss in fenugreek and corn and season to taste. Cook until just done. Add cooked rice. Sprinkle spice powder evenly on top and mix well. Top with paneer cubes. Serve hot with a raita.

So dear reader, see you in three weeks.



Blogger said...

Mmmmmmn, that looks so yummy! What an interesting combination. I am definitely going to try. I think it will be a hit with my husband. Thanks!


10:20 AM  
Blogger Priya said...

haha...wonderful list !! I come up with really weird combos when I have to clean up the fridge !!
Never tried using frozen corn because I thought they are too sweet to get into a savory pulao...will give it a try this time.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every time I think I have read your blog cover-to-cover, a little gem like your magical spice powder pops up. Sometimes when I want the house to smell good but am not cooking, I dry roast those very three things - always with black cardamom. Who knew I should save them to grind!

Thanks for the great pulao recipe, and have a wonderful trip, Ashwini :)

10:48 AM  
Blogger FH said...

LOL @ the list!

Paneer Pulav looks wonderful.Have a great trip wherever you are going and enjoy!:))

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome pic, nandita! I love paneer and can eat it in any form. I like how you've added methi as well, will surely try it!

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where you going and does that mean more recipes/photos when you come back?

God, I am addicted to your blog!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Manjula said...

Unusual combination, great looking result! Methi, paneer and corn pulav ...surely going to try this one

11:48 AM  
Blogger swapna susarla said...

Hi Ashwini
paneer methi pulao is looking beautiful.looks delicious.Happy holidays .enjoy the trip.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Lakshmik said...

Hi Ashwini

The pulao looks awesome. Never thought of this combination before. I think along with some raita on the side this recipe is good to go. Thanks so much.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have a nice trip, ashwini.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you are going off to...?

Delicious looking pulao, BTW. Methi does create gorgeous looking and great tasting pulaos.

8:50 PM  
Blogger HAREKRISHNAJI said...

very funny

Enjoy your trip

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a nice recipe.Thanx a lot for sharing!!Carol

7:12 AM  
Blogger Bong Mom said...

Wow you cook on the verge of leaving and locking the house !!! You are aamazing, great pulao and have a relaxed trip. Is it a vacation ?

8:23 AM  
Blogger Mythreyee said...

Perfect healthy pulao. thanks for sharing.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Mythreyee said...

Perfect healthy pulao. thanks for sharing.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This one seems to be very easy...No extra side dihes required..bowlful of dahi & achar will do...rt?

12:39 PM  
Blogger Shah cooks said...

Happy Journey! Have a whole lot of fun!

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Look at fridge wistfully since your husband will be turning it into a science experiment soon" - LOL, can imagine!

That's a nice recipe, Ashwini and an awesome picture as always. Have a safe and enjoyable trip!

11:09 PM  
Blogger Anjali Koli said...

Thats so yum and colorful one for the kids n adults. Enjoy your travel Ashwini and bring back some new food memories if thats possible.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Kanchana - its an aromatic pulao not spicy at all. Let me know if your husband likes it

Priya - I know, necessity is the mother of invention right? Don't use petite corn but regular corn instead, they arent sweet tasting.

Linda - this one is sure to leave your kitchen smelling great. And because the rice is cooked beforehand the fenugreek retains its flavor too.

Asha, Manjula - thanks

Meena - you mean Ashwini?

Viki - meeting family...I rea;;y do want to share some recipes, I am with my mom after all ;-)

Swapna, Lakshmi - its very healthy too. Really good to go!

Bee, Anita - thanks

HKji, Carol - thanks

Sandeepa - thanks, but honestly this pulao doesnt need a lot of work

Mythreyee, Dhanya, Shaheen - thanks

Sailu - aah you know? Been in a similar situation have you?

Anjali - thanks, I am sure I am going to have lots of food memories

2:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Meena said...

Awesome pic, nandita! I love paneer and can eat it in any form. I like how you've added methi as well, will surely try it!

11:09 AM

Someone's been rememering me here...LOL

Funny list girl, are you coming to my side of the world?

4:46 AM  
Blogger Spandana said...

Nice and healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing.
And have a nice trip :)

5:42 AM  
Blogger Seema Bhat said...

Loved reading your post gal. Cleaning up the fridge and freezer is a must and thats when we actually come up with something new. LOved your combo. I have never tried paneer in pulav. Gottu make it and lovely picture as always Ashwini.
Enjoy you weekend

11:06 AM  
Blogger bee said...

ashwini, your blog placed second in the indibloggies best food blog event. congrats. - bee

12:41 PM  
Blogger Inji Pennu said...

hehehe, i liked point number 4 very much! :)

3:50 PM  
Blogger Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hey im new visitor to your have got a wonderful blog going on here.Nice recipe.Thanks for sharing

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of the best blogs I have ever seen!:-) Classic!!

3:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How interesting dishes churn up!!!!! Hahaha Lovely pulav Ashwini :)

10:42 PM  
Blogger J said...

Haha! Enjoyed reading your post! Liked points 4 and 6!! :) Clever ideas spring up while cleaning out the fridge!!:) Nice recipe. I liked the use of methi and corn :)
Did I read, you are in Dubai? Welcome to my part of the world!

5:41 AM  
Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi Ashwini,
Pulao looks healthy with Methi, Paneer, Corn etc..
Happy Holidays:-)

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks absolutely tasty.
Good day!

10:52 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Nandita - hee hee, I know! Yes I am in India though not Bombay ;-)

Swapna, Spandana - thanks

Bee - ohmygod, really? Thanks so much for letting me know

Inji - hail the scientist husbands!!

LG, Soumya, Abhijit, Coffee, Jyothsna, Bhargavi, MT - many thanks

4:19 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sure nexttime I take a trip this methi corn paneer pulao would feature in my dining table. Great write up. Lovely photo. Enjoyed your blog spot very much.
Chk here for the thread on baths and pulaos:

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pulao look so delicious...
I'd love to try it as soon as I get a chance. Thanks for sharing..

7:03 PM  
Blogger Mallika said...

The "science experiment" made me giggle. And is the half used packets of things a universal occurrence too?

Have a fabulous holiday and see you soon!

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ashwini, It is interesting to know that this pulao can be made with fenugreek - surely that will lend it a unique flavour. The image of the dish is tempting. I also enjoyed reading the eight things that one should remember before going on a trip.

3:05 AM  
Blogger leonine194 said...

i'll take notes! tnx

1:45 PM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

You have great recipe idea's, I really like this blog! :)

visit jeena's kitchen healthy recipe blog

3:37 PM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

What a lovely rice recipe :)

visit jeena's kitchen healthy recipe blog

11:27 AM  
Blogger Manasi said...

u've been away a long time!! All ok?
Take care... hope to c u soon!

11:50 AM  
Blogger AKR said...

I love fenugreek but it does smell strong. Is is used in any kind of cuisine besides Indian?


11:06 PM  
Blogger Shivapriya said...

HEy Ashwini
I was browsing and came to ur blog. You have delicous recipes and beautiful pictures. I make methi corn pulao, panner sounds interesting .

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where art thou, beloved blogger? Three weeks have long gone....

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just the most delicious looking thing I’ve seen in ages. I can’t wait to make it! Yum!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Poonam said...

Hi Ashwini, your recipes look interesting. I have added you to my blogroll.

2:42 PM  

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