Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chaat Mela # 2 - Crispy Corn & Cup Corn


Crispy corn and cup corn popped up instantly in my mind when I was trying to recollect all my favorite chaats.

Cup corn has been a recent entry to the road side stall chaats and most of you would have tasted and fallen in love with its taste. The simplicity of the dish is a special attraction to me. Ever since I found the secret behind the taste, I have been repeating it every time I buy corn :)

I have had Crispy corn as a starter in Mainland China restaurant, but the style of the dish can easily fall under chaat category also. I was totally bowled out by the idea when I had it for the first time itself and tried to formulate it myself at home and succeeded in making it as well. Yahooooo :)

Now these two styles of chaat have become my family favorites and especially the crispy corn is my grandma's favorite since she found it easier to chew :)


Crispy Corn


Sweet corn cobs - 2
Corn flour - 2 tblsp
Rice flour - 1 tblsp
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Salt - for taste
Oil - for frying
Tomato - 1
Onion - 1
Coriander leaves
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Chaat masala - 1 tsp



Pressure cook the corn cobs for about 5 long whistles in salt water.

Remove the cobs from water and shred the corn kernels and collect them on a flat plate.

Mix corn flour, rice flour, chilly powder and some salt together and sprinkle this mixture on the shredded corn kernels. Spray few drops of water and mix them nicely with your hand so that the corn kernels are coated nicely with the powders.

Heat oil in a wok and deep fry the corn kernels in medium flame until golden color. The corn kernels would become really crisp.

Once fried, collect them on a tissue to remove excess oil.

They might have got grouped together while frying, separate them using your hands.


Chop onion, tomato and coriander leaves finely.

Now mix the chopped vegetables and the fried corn in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt, chaat masala and lemon extract and mix well.

Serve immediately :)

Enjoy the crispy, tangy and yummy corn chaat :)


Do not add more than few drops of water while mixing in the rice and corn flour to the corn kernels. More water would cause you trouble while deep frying.

Serve it as soon as it is done. Eating it crisp is the punch of the dish.

You can use canned sweet corn as well.

Sweet corn is the best choice for these two chaats than the normal corns.


Cup Corn


Corn cob - 1
Olive oil / butter / ghee - 1 tsp
Mixed herbs - 1 tsp
Salt - for taste



Pressure cook the corn cob in salt water for 5 whistles.

Remove the cobs from water and shred the corn kernels and collect them in a microwave safe bowl.

Add the butter, mixed herbs and salt to it and mix well.

Microwave at high for 30 seconds and serve it hot :)

Simple cup corn is ready to eat :)



Mixed herbs are easily available in supermarkets. There are a wide choice of brands as well.

You can use the herbs of your choice to make different flavors of cup corn.

You can mix in spices like pepper or chilly powder to the cooked corn kernels too.

Written by: Nithya
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Srivalli said...

Hey I thought you will be doing a mela for me!!..:) and how mean you should be doing all this after all I asked??..looks so yum..loved pani puri pictures ..

Priya said...

Cup corn are always my fav, both chaats looks simply inviting and fabulous..

shriannalakshmi said...

Crispy corn sounds new to me. Should try for this weekend?Will this dish absorb more oil?

Deepa Praveen said...

very yummy dish..nice pictures

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Both the corns luks delicious dear,very tempting clicks...

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Yummy chaat...Loved the crispy corn most...

sweethome said...

Wonderful clicks.Looks very delicious and tempting

Panchpakwan said...

Corn chat loos tasty and inviting..

Suja Sugathan said...

Delicious and inviting,tempting clicks.


I love cup corn,crispy corn sounds so so yumm!

Divya Kudua said...

Corn is my favorite mid-day snack.Tastes great and guilt free too.Never tried Crispy corn..sounds delicious[after all,can anything deep fried not taste delicious?]

Hari Chandana said...

Wah Reh Wahhhhh.... Awesome clicks Nithi... Amazing job.. Thanks for the recipe :)

Hari Chandana
Indian Cuisine

Simran said...

I've never had crispy corn, but it looks worth a try for sure.

Loving your chaat series!

Pushpa said...

Can finish the whole cup in a jiffy,lovely.

JishasKItchen said...

wow..beautiful pics and the crispy corn looks delicious!! said...

Tasty and absolutely delicious.

Vaishali Sharma said...

Looks so spicy and delicious! Excellent pics!

Sathya Sankar said...

Crispy corn and cup corn looks yummy, fabulous clicks!

Aruna Manikandan said...

both looks delicious dear....
my daughter loves corn a lot :)

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

I love corn very much !! Both the corn chaats looks tempting and delicious !!

Prathibha said...

I m not a steamed corn person,I always love grilled version of it...but this crisp corn I have never encountered in any chaat dis ur creation or u get that in chennai?
both the chaats looking yumm

Sanctified Spaces said...

Liked the shallow depth of field.Great recipe.

Jyoti said...

Mouthwatering Chats.. I can never say no to it.. Grt pics..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Corn is my fav, both the ideas are cool...lovely clicks esp the 1st one

Shanthi said...

Crispy corn sounds interesting

Zareena said...

Never tried crispy corn. Usually I make sweet corn which we get from the stalls and my kid also loves this a lot. Lovely pics Nits.

Vimitha Anand said...

I love corn and this is a perfect snack for me...

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