Corn Palak Subji

40 mins
Serves 4 people
Author: Rajni Ram
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Palak is a very versatile green. It is mineral rich, healthy and fibrous. Any add-in that goes into it, gets its flavour enhanced. In my house I have been called the female Popeye for a reason. I love Palak/Spinach in all forms. Be it the simple Keerai Masiyal, Keerai Molagootal or the delicious Palak Paneer, Palak Paneer Paratha, or the simple Spinach curry in coconut milk.

One of my favourite Palak/Spinach recipes is also this delicious Subji Palak Corn. This is a simple everyday subji that one can make even on a busy day if their greens are washed and blanched. Highly nutritious and high on Iron and the corn not only gives the green a contrast with its yellow, but also balances the tanginess from the tomatoes and palak combination. This combination of Spinach and corn is classic and in all cuisines including World cuisine you will find a few recipes dedicated to this.

I have used Sweet Corn in this recipe as only this was available at the time I was cooking this dish. My preferred corn is Makai aka Maize, but sadly since we forget to promote what is local and regional, doing a dis service to our farmers, our indigenous varieties suffer. Let us get back our own Maize/Cholam/Makai, which are very rarely seen even during rainy season when they are most likely to be found. Do give this a thought.

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Ingredients

Ingredients

  1. Palak 1 bunch
  2. Corn Kernels 100 gm
  3. Onion 1 large or 2 small
  4. Green chillies 2
  5. Tomato 2 large to medium size
  6. Ginger- garlic paste 1 tsp
  7. Cloves 2
  8. Bay leaf 1 small
  9. Cardamom 2
  10. Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  11. Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  12. Salt as required
  13. Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
  14. Coriander powder 2 tsp
  15. Fennel Powder 1 tsp
  16. Red chilli powder 1 tsp
  17. Cream 2 tbsp
  18. Oil for sauteeing
  1. Chop the Palak roughly and blanch them, I usually put them in the microwave for 2 mins. Alternately just put them in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain the water and pour cold water over the Palak, this helps in keeping the green colour intact. Puree the Palak and keep ready. Cook the Corn kernels, and keep aside.
  2. Puree the Palak and set aside. In a karahi take oil and heat. Put in the cloves and cumin seeds, and as the cumin splutters add turmeric powder followed by onions and sauté for a minute. Add the green chillies and sauté for 30 seconds and now add the tomatoes and sauté until mushy. Cool and grind to a purée, along with 1 tsp ginger garlic paste.
  3. In the same karahi take 2 tsp oil and heat. Now add the cumin seeds, Bay leaf, cloves and cardamom and  pour in the tomato and onion paste and fry nicely in the oil.
  4. Now add salt, followed by coriander powder, red chilli powder, fennel powder and continue to cook.
  5. Now add the Palak Puree. Stir well to combine the tomato and palak puree. Be careful as the palak splutters a lot while cooking, you can keep the karahi partially covered. Add little water to dilute if required.  After about 3-4 minutes of cooking the Palak and tomato mixture will come together, at that stage add the cooked corn, cook for two more minutes.
  6. Now add the cream and garam masala powder and turn of the flame immediately. The delicious Corn palak is ready to serve.

Chop the Palak roughly and blanch them, I usually put them in the microwave for 2 mins. Alternately just put them in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain the water and pour cold water over the Palak, this helps in keeping the green colour intact. Puree the Palak and keep ready. Cook the Corn kernels, and keep aside. Now in a karahi pour some oil and heat. Add 2 cloves followed by Cumin seeds and drop in the chopped onions. Saute for a minute, add the green chillies and continue to saute for 30 seconds, finally add the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes turn mushy. Cool them. Now blend the onion-tomato mixture to a puree. In the same karahi take another 2 tsp of oil and heat.  Add the cumin seeds followed by turmeric powder and pour the onion-tomato mixture. Fry it nicely in the oil. Now add salt, followed by coriander powder, red chilli powder, fennel powder and continue to cook. Now add the Palak Puree. Stir well to combine the tomato and palak puree. Be careful as the palak splutters a lot while cooking, you can keep the karahi partially covered.  After about 3-4 minutes of cooking the Palak and tomato mixture will come together, at that stage add the cooked corn, cook for two more minutes, add the cream and garam masala powder and turn of the flame immediately. The delicious Corn palak is ready to serve.

Serving suggestions: with Rotis, Parathas, Kulcha, with rice varieties like Jeera rice, Mayar Pulav, Flavoured rice, vegetable pilaf etc

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