Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Makai Palak / Corn Palak / Corn Spinach

After years of eating palak paired with just paneer this was love at first bite! This version of spinach has the fragrant and pungently spiced spinach paired with the sweet juicy corn. I was introduced to the dish by my mother-in-law who tells me this is a big hit in the kitty party and marriage menus. Well I wouldn't miss it on either occasions. 
You can add frozen or fresh corn, just microwave it for 5 (3 for fresh) minutes on high to soften the corn. 

Ingredients: 


3 bunches fresh spinach or 3 cups frozen spinach
3/4 cup corn, cooked (see above)
1 medium onion (125 grams)
2 tomatoes
3-4 green chilies
1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
1/2 teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)
Pinch hing (asafoetida)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
3/4 teaspoon dhania-jeera powder (cumin coriander)
1 teaspoon corn flour mixed in water
Salt


Wash the spinach well and cut the stems from the leaves. Sprinkle some water on the spinach and microwave for about 5 minutes on high power, stirring once, till it is wilted and partly cooked. Set aside to cool. Alternatively pressure cook with 1/2 cup water for one whistle. Blend to make a smooth puree. (if using frozen spinach, microwave and puree). Make a puree of onions, tomato and chilies. 

Heat a wok and add the oil to it. When heated, add the hing and cumin seeds and when they start to crackle, add the onion paste. Saute on low heat till the liquid has evaporated and the oil starts to leave the masala. Add the spinach puree and the spices. Bring to a boil. Continue to cook and add the corn and salt at this time. Also add the corn flour paste. This will thicken the puree and make it smoother. Check for salt and spices and adjust. Corn Palak is ready!

Serve hot with parathas or naans!

18 comments:

Jaleela Kamal said...

very healthy side dish

Prathibha said...

looks yumm...love this one,even I make this

Priti said...

One of fav ...looks so yum

Lovee to cook said...

send some here. no mood to cook today.. looks healthy and delicious. and some soft naan to go with it too, pls :)

Rachana said...

I love Corn palak, one of my favourite dishes, Yumm!!!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Yummy...looks delicious..

thekitchenaffaire said...

This looks so creamy and yummy.. I love palak :D

Nithya said...

Corn and palak would have tasted great together :) yummy

divya said...

Wonderful recipe. Looks yummy and delicious.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I am absolutely loving and bookmarking it :)

aipi said...

I love this combo too ~ like that it is not loaded with cream :)
US Masala

Toyin O. said...

That looks interesting, thanks for sharing.

khushi ( a girl's diary) said...

thats really healthy and a delicious dish....loved the click

JishasKitchen said...

WOW..THAT'S ONE TEMPTING AND DELICIOUS DISH..LOVED IT

Torviewtoronto said...

healthy dish yummy flavourful combination

Prathima Rao said...

I love spinach & corn combo!!! This looks so creamy & delicious!!! Healthy too...:)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

hemalata said...

So interesting recipe,looks so delicious.

Mom Chef said...

oh ! looks lovely :-)

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Kalyani
Indian Mithai Mela ending 8th Aug

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