One Pot Corn Spinach Pilaf | Corn Palak Pulao Recipe [Video Recipe]

Corn Spinach Pulao - Delicately spiced Indian pilaf made with fresh spinach, sweet corn and whole spices.

Indian rice pilaf made with corn, spinach and whole spices

This Corn Spinach Pilaf / Corn Palak Pulao was long in the making.

To those who are new..ish here, we have a small balcony garden where weve been growing a few greens and vegetables. I love eating what we grow, I know it is genuinely organic. There is no pleasure greater than knowing that the food you eat is as healthy as it should be. We feed our plants with compost that we make at home again. Around 1.5 years ago, we started composting our kitchen waste and have not looked back since. Again, that is one soul satisfying venture that lets us keep garbage out of land fills while making enriching compost for our own garden and all it takes is 10 minutes of our time daily.

Indian rice pilaf made with corn, spinach and whole spices

A few weeks ago, I planted spinach in one of the grow bags out there. If you are just starting out in gardening, spinach is the first thing you should grow. It grows so easily. You plant it and water it once a day and you will see those tiny green leaves popping out in no time. And you now have a fresh supply of baby spinach ready to pluck when you want.

When I have home grown vegetables, I usually make a salad or something similar to let my veggies shine. This Corn Spinach Pulao is exactly that. It is simple, delicate, fragrant and so super easy to make. This is a classic OPOS dish - One Pot One Shot. 

To make the perfect Corn Spinach Pulao, use the best quality ingredients. This is a very simple dish, so there is nothing much to hide behind. Select the best Basmati Rice, preferably something that is long grain and aged. You can use either fresh or frozen corn. And definitely, use the freshest spinach you can get. 

Indian rice pilaf made with corn, spinach and whole spices

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Corn Spinach Pilaf | Corn Palak Pulao Recipe

Indian rice pilaf made with corn, spinach and whole spicesCorn Spinach Pulao is a delicately spiced Indian pilaf made with fresh spinach, sweet corn and whole spices. Vegan and gluten free.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3


1 cup Basmati Rice
2 cups loosely packed Spinach leaves
0.5 cup Sweet Corn kernels
1 large Onion
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2 Tbsp Oil
0.5 tsp Cumin seeds
0.5 tsp Caraway seeds
1-2 Cloves
1-2 Green Cardamom
1 strand Mace
1 Bay leaf
0.5 inch Cinnamon
1.5 cup Water
Salt to taste


1. Wash the basmati rice 4-5 times until the water runs clear. Soak and keep aside for 20 minutes.
2. Slice the onions. Wash the spinach thoroughly and chop it.
3. Drain the rice and keep aside.
4. In a large thick bottomed pan, heat oil.
5. Once the oil is hot, add bay leaf and cinnamon.
6. Add all the other whole spices and fry on low heat for 1 minute.
7. Add sliced onions and fry for 1-2 minutes
8. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry until the onions turn golden brown.
9. Add chopped spinach and sweet corn. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes until the spinach wilts.
10. Add the basmati rice and water.
11. Add salt as per taste. The water should be salty when you taste it.
12. Cover and cook on low heat until the rice is cooked. It should take around 15-20 minutes.
13. Serve hot.

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