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Corn Biryani

 Published 2008-Mar-18   Updated 2021-Aug-16

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Sweet Corn Biryani, Biryani With Corn, Corn Rice, Corn Pulao)

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Yesterday was a long and tiring evening; making the kids study for today’s unit test was a grueling task. I was unable to plan for today’s lunch box as I was damn exhausted and just crashed into the bed. Today morning, as I got up, it struck me that it had been really a long time that I made a one pot meal for lunch. And what better a time than today!! I remembered the sweet corn kernels which I got from “buy one get one offer” from the hypermarket. I immediately soaked the basmati rice; got my spices ready and there within a short time yummy and colorful Corn Pulao was ready. When kids returned from school they were super satisfied, both with the easy test and yummy lunch.

Sweet corn is a special low starch variety with high sugar content. Despite the sugar content of sweet corn, it is not a high glycemic food. Corn is also rich in fiber which helps in keeping the stomach full for longer hours. This combination of corn along with rice makes it an ideal combination for lunch for school going children as it will provide the energy needed as well as keep them full for longer hours. Do try it and let us know how much did your kids like it.

Recipe For Corn Biryani

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4


  • Corn - 1 cup 
  • Basmati rice - 2 cups
  • Onion -1 large ( cut lengthwise)
  • Tomato - 2 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Green chili - 3 nos (chopped)
  • Oil -3 tbsp
  • Ghee - 3 tbsp
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Water -3 cups
  • Salt - to taste
  • Red Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup (chopped)
  • Mint leaves - 1/4 cup (chopped)
  • Whole Garam Masala (Bay leaf - 1, Cinnamon Stick- 2, Cloves -5, Cardamon -3)


  1. Soak 2 cups of Basmati rice for at least half an hour. Drain the water and keep aside.
  2. In a heavy deep vessel heat oil and ghee together. Fry bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and cardamon.
  3. Add onions and saute till golden brown. 
  4. When onions turn slightly brown add ginger-garlic paste and tomatoes. Saute till it becomes a paste.
  5. Next add chopped green chilies, chopped coriander and mint leaves.
  6. Now add the corn kernels along with turmeric powder, red chili powder, coconut milk and salt. Saute everything until it thickens to a gravy consistency.
  7. Add this gravy to the (soaked and drained) rice along with 3 cups of water and mix well. Check for salt and cook it in a rice cooker. If not, cook it in the pressure cooker or just in a big vessel.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves. Corn Biryani is ready to served.

Serving Corn Biryani

  • Enjoy the delicious Corn Biryani with any raita.
  • Can be served with raita or chips or homemade pappads.
  • If prepared for parties or get together, it can be served with any vegetarian or non vegetarian gravy.


  • Green peas or mushrooms can be added along with sweet corn to make it more colorful and nutritive.
  • Non vegetarian lovers can also add few chicken pieces.

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Comments (24)

Person   ()
How many whistle should rice boil
Person   ()
I used an electric rice cooker which automatically switches off once it is cooked. If using a pressure cooker, I would say, cook for 2 whistles, reduce the flame and simmer for 5 minutes and switch off.
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i have a better recipe than trhis.......P:...plz follow my blog....and use my app
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can I prepare this with dried corn? that is not a fresh corn?
Person   ()
I am not sure if it will come out good.
Person   ()
If yogurt or coconut milk not available what to do
I am asking if we didn't add this the taste will differ
Person   ()
Hi Anand, If you do not have either, just add water. Coconut milk and yogurt gives a nice flavor but the biryani tastes good even without that.
Person   ()
Thank u
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This recepie serves how many?
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Corn should be boiled before adding?
Person   ()
Not needed.
Person   ()
I tried without adding yogurt or coconut milk. But I added chicken stock. It was delicious. Thanks for the recipe.
Person   ()
Great variation... Enjoy!!
Person   ()
lemme know the side dish for this.. i wanna try this
Person   ()
You can have it with raita and some potato chips.
Person   ()
I tried this today.... And everyone in my family appreciated me. Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe
Person   ()
It wonderful to hear your success stories. Thank You.
Person   ()
I tried this today and everyone loved it.. Thanks a ton..
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Healthy as well as mouth watery dish.
Person   ()
Yes true.
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These recipes r wonderful
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Thanks Lata

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Comment by Prama Dawn
    I made this recipe for my husband and he liked it.....I have made several other recipes from this site...Chicken tawa, Gobi munchurian and all are really good...thanks a lot for sharing your lovely recipes!
Reply :-
    Thank you Prama. Keep cooking and enjoying new recipes.

Comment by shruti raj
    hi , your all receipes are very much easier to cook. My daughter daily want something new in lunch .so before she come home , i always sit on net and try to find out what to cook today.Today iam trying corn rice. But with that what should i try , she does not like to eat tooar dal and aaloo .But let me try raita with this rice and roti and bhindi. Hope she will like it.
Reply :-
    Hi Shruti, Raita and bhindi will go well with this dish. Sometimes I also like to make eggplant fry.

Comment by Maha Mani
    Wow your recipes are very good and i tried some of those, its very tasty.Thanks for your good work.Can you mail what is the accompaniment for corn rice?
Reply :-
    We usually have corn rice with egg masala, potato chips and some raita. It also goes well with any non veg sidedishes or veg sides like cauliflower fry, dahi bainghan etc.

Comment by jyothi kini
    easy and was too good....going to try diff things...every sunday....
Reply :-
    Oh yes!! It is easy and tasty. Do give your comments whenever you try new things. Its very encouraging.

Comment by Lydia Nicolas
    I always visited this site because i want to learn how to cook a Indian food... Specially the vegetarian recipes... Have a nice day... God Bless...
Reply :-
    Thanks Lydia!! There are many veg recipes. Do try all of them one by one..

Comment by Monika Bansal on 31 March 2010 07:01AM
    Very very good receipe nd easy to cook.
Reply :-
    Thanks Monika!!

Comment by pushpalatha swaminathan on 23 July 2009 17:26PM
    easy 2 yrs old daughter says "super"
Reply :-
    Thanks Pushpa

 Published by on and last updated on 2021-08-16.