Tip of the Day

"Use the water of boiled vegetables for gravy,doing so you get more flavour and you don't lose the nutrients which otherwise drain off with water.."

*Corn-Spinach Rice

I am not that big fan of plain rice, but if it is masala rice or fried rice with lots of vegetables I would love to eat it. So I always experiment to make variations in plain rice.This recipe is one such experiment in the kitchen.

Corn-Spinach Rice

Few days back I had cooked plain rice but wanted to make something different,something little spicy. But what???I was thinking and thinking....and opened my fridge to find something to add to the rice. I just took what first came to my sight, it was spinach..I thought it will be a healthy choice. But I still wanted something more, so once again my eyes started scanning the refrigerator and bingo..there it was a bag of frozen corn!!! First I was a bit unsure about the taste while making but when it was made, I gave it to my hubby to taste he loved the recipe....I was so happy and proud of myself :)....One more successful experiments...really it was very tasty!!

When I started making this rice,I had no idea that I would be sharing it with you all but when it turned out to be so delicious...I had to share this recipe with you all. So,I quickly clicked some pics and here's the recipe...Enjoy!!

  • Cooked rice 3 cups
  • Corn Kernels 1 cup
  • Spinach (finely chopped) 1 cup
  • Olive/vegetable oil 2 tsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste 2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder i tsp
  • Asafoetida (hing) a pinch
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves 3-4
  • Heat oil in a pan.

  • Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds.When they splutter, add asafoetida,curry leaves and ginger-garlic paste.

  • Add corn kernels and chopped spinach. Mix with a spatula and cook for 3-4 mins, till they get a little cooked. Take care not to overcook them. (If you are using frozen corn kernels,keep them in warm water for about 2-3 mins or till they become soft.)

  • Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.

  • Finally add cooked rice and a few drops of lime juice and mix lightly till all the ingredients get properly mixed. Take care not to break the rice grains.

  • Serve hot with raita or curry of your choice.

Calories ~ 400 Calories/serving
Serves 2

Spinach and Corn facts:

* Spinach is described as a Power food in nutrition world.It is low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol. It is also a good source of niacin and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.

* Iron and calcium in plant foods are not highly absorbed by the body. Spinach contains a chemical called oxalic acid, which binds with iron and calcium and reduces the absorption of these minerals. To improve iron absorption, spinach should be eaten with vitamin C-rich foods such as orange juice, tomatoes, or citrus fruit.

* Oxalate, found in spinach, may cause kidney stones in some predisposed individuals. Not all kidney stones are oxalate based. People who suffer from kidney stones should check with their medical practitioners as to whether oxalate is a factor in their condition and therefore whether they should eliminate spinach from their diet.

* Corn is a rich source of some vitamins and minerals.It is a good source of fiber and is low in saturated Fat, and very low in cholesterol and sodium,thus good for heart health.
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Uma said...

that's a healthy rice item. presentation is too good.

meeso said...

That sounds like a really great flavor combo... and it looks tasty!

Andhra Flavors said...

Healthy recipe.. will try this time.

Suma Rajesh said...

hello....first time to ur blog......ur dish looks colourful and healthy and presentation too perfect ....

delhibelle said...

Now that's a pretty looking dish!

ranji said...

wow!!this looks delcicoius!!!love the combo of corn and spinach!!must have been very tasty:)...

Ivy said...

Hi Isha, thanks for commenting at the Great Cooks Community. You have a lovely blog and lovely recipes. Your corn-spinach rice would fit for our event "Fat Chefs or Skinny Gourmets?". If you have time pls check it out http://kopiaste.blogspot.com/2008/05/fat-chefs-or-skinny-gourmets-food-event.html

farida said...

I made something similar to this from a recipe from another blog, but there was no corn in it. I love the idea of combining the two grains! Must be delicious!

Lisa said...

I don't think I have eaten a rice dish quite like this. A very creative use of rice here.

A-kay said...

Glad to see you in my blog - love your blog too. Will stop by more often :)

khushal chand gosar said...

beta, excellent item. i too dont like plain rice.... now u have shown the combination of corn N spinach.... it will be very tasty..... will ask ur mummy to make it right today...

Anonymous said...

Hi Hetal
the dish looks very yummy and easy to make too .Will have to try it one of these days :)

Swapna said...

That rice looks great...I have a few of these variety of rices in my repertoire...it is easy to make, and we an get away with just a raita as a side dish, while being very tasty..

Roma said...

Sounds delicious. I love the combination of corn and spinach. They make a perfect match when it comes to taste.

sireesha said...

ur dish sounds healthy and delicious.Presentation is very nice.

Namratha said...

Well plated Hetal, like the flavours in the dish too. Sorry it took me this long to get here, was caught up with a lot of stuff :)

Vani said...

Congrats ont he award, Hetal! The corn spinach rice looks so colorful!

Simran said...

Such great looking rice, and healthy too!

Vandana said...

The picture looks great!Will try it soon!

LK said...

The rice looks fabulous! I just stumbled upon your blog, and I really like how you incorporated nutrition and facts on spinach and corn - because I'm a nutrition student at Texas A&M, so I love to read up on nutrition and food facts :)