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Add a delightful twist to traditional mealie rice with this Indian-inspired recipe. Mealie rice, also known as corn rice, is a popular South African dish made from corn kernels and rice. In this recipe, we infuse the rice with aromatic Indian spices, creating a flavorful and fragrant dish that pairs perfectly with a variety of curries and side dishes. With its vibrant colors and enticing flavors, Indian-style mealie rice will elevate your dining experience and transport you to the world of Indian cuisine.

Indian-Style Mealie Rice Recipe

Discover the flavors of India with this Indian-style mealie rice recipe. Fragrant basmati rice is cooked with corn kernels and infused with a blend of Indian spices, resulting in a deliciously spiced and aromatic rice dish. The combination of sweet corn and savory spices creates a unique flavor profile that complements a wide range of Indian curries and side dishes. Serve this flavorful mealie rice as a standalone meal or as a side to complete your Indian feast.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian


  • sauce pan with lid
  • Wooden spoon
  • Mesh strainer
  • cutting board and knife


  • basmati rice
  • corn kernels
  • vegetable oil
  • cumin seeds
  • onion
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • chili pepper
  • coriander
  • turmeric
  • cumin
  • salt
  • cilantro


  • Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. This step helps remove excess starch and ensures fluffy rice. Drain the rinsed rice in a fine-mesh strainer and set it aside.
  • Heat the ghee or vegetable oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds until fragrant.
  • Add the chopped onion to the saucepan and sauté until it turns translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic, grated ginger, and chopped green chili pepper (if using). Cook for another minute, stirring continuously.
  • Add the ground coriander, ground turmeric, and ground cumin to the saucepan. Stir well to coat the onions and spices evenly.
  • Add the drained basmati rice and corn kernels to the saucepan. Stir gently to combine the rice and corn with the spices.
  • Pour 2 cups of water into the saucepan. Season with salt and give it a quick stir.
    Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan with a lid.
  • Let the rice simmer for about 15 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Avoid lifting the lid while the rice is cooking to prevent steam from escaping.
  • Once the rice is cooked, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the rice to steam.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork or wooden spoon to separate the grains. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro leaves.
  • Serve the Indian-style mealie rice hot as a standalone dish or as a flavorful side with your favorite Indian curries and side dishes.



You can customize the spice level by adjusting the amount of green chili pepper or omitting it altogether if you prefer a milder flavor.
Feel free to add additional vegetables like peas or diced carrots to the rice for added color and texture.
Serve the mealie rice with raita (yogurt sauce), pickles, or chutneys for a complete Indian meal experience.
Experience the fusion of South African and Indian flavors with this Indian-style mealie rice recipe. The combination of aromatic spices, tender rice, and sweet corn kernels creates a delightful dish that will transport your taste buds to the vibrant world of Indian cuisine. Enjoy the fragrant and flavorful journey with every spoonful of this enticing mealie rice.


Serving: 700g
Keyword mealie rice
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