Thursday, July 4, 2013



 "Makai Chawal" is a very easy to make dish of rice, makai or corn, and coriander which can be put together in a jiffy. Whenever I make this I am reminded of the time when we used to entertain much more than we now do. Mrs. Sethi, one of my neighbours, was an enterprising person and very skilled in cooking. I learnt a number of Punjabi recipes, including this one from her. Since then I have found this useful particularly when I needed one more dish on the table or had unexpected guests.

This works great when you already have the main ingredients of cooked rice and frozen corn. It is really a time saver. Of course, you can also make this dish by cooking the rice and cooling it  just as you can use fresh corn and cook it.

  • Cooked Rice, 4 cups
  • Frozen/Cooked Sweet Corn Kernels,  3/4 cup
  • Fresh Coriander, chopped, 5 tbsp
  • Oil, 1 tbsp - 1 and 1/2 tbsp
  • Garlic Cloves, chopped, 3
  • Green Chillies, chopped, 3
  • Salt, to taste
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
Heat oil in a kadai, add the chopped garlic and saute for a minute till it changes colour and gives off an aroma
Add the chopped green chillies and stir for a minute
Add the frozen/cooked corn kernels, and salt as per your requirement. Saute for a while for the corn to absorb the salt
Now, add the cooked rice, chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice
Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously till they are well blended
Serve hot, with a suitable side dish of your choice.

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