Indian corn on the cob, a snack every Indian worth his or her salt, knows and loves. Indian corn on the cob, grilled on an open flame or grilled and sprinkled with Indian spices and tangy from freshly squeezed lemon juice. Winter evenings got so much better!
“It was a cold night, It was a rainy night.. They sat huddled under one umbrella,sipping their glasses of hot tea/chai , served from a stall next to the office. And as soon as they had reached home, the only thing they both wanted more than each other was THIS, coz nothing beats the chill like the good old garma garam bhutta or corn on the cob, sprinkled all over with Indian spices and just the right amount of fresh lemon juice.
I remember back in my school days how easily enticed I used to get. I wont call myself naive.No. May be not. Yikes, hopefully not naive but there was a certain level of belief I had in people..in their words. I used to take things at their face value and never really think people could behave one way while talking s%$# behind your back. You see the world as you are.. or so I feel. And since I am the last person you will ever find bitching about anyone or gossiping, I never thought people could be like that. Today, I have long outgrown that trusting phase and take things with a pinch of salt or so. One might even say this is a part of growing up, of becoming mature..and that this is a necessity to live. This lack of belief in the words of others.
But call me a head in the clouds romantic or a sentimental fool, I long for those days of naivete..of getting enamored by the simplest things one saw and heard, of believing in people, of not getting paranoid while talking to strangers. Today, I teach my child about the good touch and the bad touch, about how to shout help and kick or bite anyone who tries to do anything you don’t like first. And she just turned four. Yup, sadly that’s the world we inhabit now. A world where everyone is virtually connected, where I feel it safer to pour my feelings out to a bunch of strangers living in different parts of the world over this blog rather than go and break bread with actual people. Fact. Its not something I am proud of, but its a fact.
I remember my childhood days with fond memory..like I am seeing it happen to someone else while I am floating above. I love how happy and carefree I was!! I can’t believe it was me who was out and talking to that strange uncle without constantly looking over to see if my parents were nearby. And it was me coming out of school with my friends and eating two snow cones at the same time, not a care in the world to what people would think! And yup, it was the same me who stopped on a cold chilly night while returning back from a dance class to get these grilled corn for the entire family. This and a hot cup of ginger tea is all you need to warm up!
As an Indian , we kind of grow up loving these bhuttas or grilled corn on the cob found in street stalls. But to make it at home is just as easy and maybe an even better option. Reasons:
You spice it up as you want to, more chilli, some chaat masala, lemon juice.
You can get a little fancy and use herbed butter
The fun of actually grilling the corn is unbeatable
The sound and smell of the corn being grilled does wonderful things to your appetite!
I made these after a long time..and it immediately brought back memories of a certain night in Bangalore when P & I had been dating. And one pouring night, these grilled corn on the cobs, hot off the stove and spiced to perfection with red hot chilli, tangy chaat masala and fresh lime juice heated us up from within. The fun of eating the corn is way more fun when shared with a loved one, especially in cold and rainy evenings.
Make them and share with your favorite people this evening as a pre-dinner snack!
PS: I made them slightly unorthodox by rubbing some cut ginger on one of the corns, dill butter on the other and left the third one simply spiced in traditional manner. You can opt for whichever version you like,although I strongly recommend trying all three!
- Sweet corn on the cob - 3
- Spices: (for traditional simply spiced)
- Red chili powder/paprika - 2 tsp
- Chaat masala - 1 tsp
- Salt - as per taste
- Lemon Juice - juice of 2 lemon
- For the ginger version :
- ½ inch ginger , rubbed all over the cob
- For the herbed butter-
- Mix some finely chopped dill with warm butter and lave aside for 30 mins for the flavors to mix.
- Keep aside
- Coriander/cilantro lead-chopped finely.
- Lemon wedges
- Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill.
- Once hot, simply put the corn on the cob on the grill and roast for 8 mins, rotating to ensure it chars all over.
- Take it off the heat, sprinkle some lemon juice on two of the corns, rub some herbed butter on the thrid. Sprinkle with as much spice as you wish , smear it all over the corn and enjoy hot!