KICK YOUR PLAIN CORN TO THE CURB. TRY INDIAN STREET CORN!

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Look at that.  Just look at it.

That right there is a thing of beauty, and one of the many reasons you should have a street party.  I’ll explain.

Last year a neighbour and I (more my neighbour really) organized a street party for the end of summer.  It was a pot luck with everyone just bringing whatever food they wanted.  No one knew what anyone else was bringing, there was no planning, and no organizing.  Just a general invitation to show up at 5 o’clock with some food and a lawn chair.

We shut the street down with hockey nets, because this is Canada, and everyone just started loading up the food table and rolling out the grills.

I made wood oven pizza and with that move, figured I had secured the best dish at the neighbourhood BBQ.  I even lotioned my arms so they’d look good slipping into the inevitable sash and photo ops.

Not so.

Instead the HIT of the neighbourhood party was my neighbour’s Indian Street Corn.  Fresh corn roasted on the BBQ then slathered in Indian spices, melted ghee and topped with chopped cilantro and a huge squeeze of lime.

 

 

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Everyone went NUTS over this corn.  Backflip nuts.  Eyes roll into the back of your head nuts.  Glomming onto the horrible orange eyeshadow trend nuts. I may have been the nuttiest of them all asking what was on the corn, how did she make it, what were the spices???

TELL ME NOW YOU SCENE STEALING CORN GRILLING GODDESS.

Is what I thought.  What I actually said was, “Hey Edwina?  Could I get that recipe?  I mean it.  I’m not just saying, Hey, I’d like the recipe …. I really, really mean it.  Could you give it to me?  Because I’d really like it and not just in a polite kind of way I mean I REALLY AND TRULY WANT THIS RECIPE YOU SCENE STEALING CORN GRILLING GODDESS.”

Huh.  I guess maybe I really did say that.

A day later she showed up at my door with a recipe written on beautiful paper along with a jar of her own spice blend.  I immediately asked her to marry me.

She said no.  So did her husband.  But I still got the recipe so I don’t care.

spice-blend

 

The most important part of the recipe is the blend of Indian spices.  Hot Indian chili powder, paprika, Garam Marsala, kosher salt and cumin.

Sharing this delicious grilled corn with everyone you know is also important but not as important as the cumin.

 

CORN-ON-TRAY

 

The corn is also important.  You want fresh husked corn that’s as juicy and tender as possible because once you put it on a BBQ corn tends to shrink and shrivel.

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corn-on-platter

 

INDIAN STREET CORN
 
Charred kernels and Indian spices, oh my!
Author:
: Side Dish
: Indian
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1½ Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1½ Tablespoons paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon of hot Indian red chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon garam masala
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 6 cobs of corn
  • Indian Spice blend
  • 1 lime
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • Melted ghee (or butter)
Instructions
  1. Mix the first 5 ingredients together to create your Indian Spice Blend.
  2. Husk corn.
  3. Melt butter.
  4. Chop a large handful of cilantro.
  5. Pre-heat grill to medium high.
  6. Grill corn with the lid closed turning occasionally until the corn is nicely charred and cooked.
  7. Remove from grill and immediately brush the corn with melted ghee or butter.
  8. Liberally sprinkle spice blend and cilantro over corn.
  9. Finish with a large squeeze of lime.

 

So back to the street party.  THIS is the kind of thing that comes out of a street party so if you’ve ever thought of having one but couldn’t be bothered know this … you’re stupid.

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Cause seriously.  Look at that.  Just LOOK at it.

71 Comments

  1. Melissa says:

    It’s 11:00 p.m. and now I’m craving corn. Thanks, thanks a lot. ?

    • Karen says:

      My job here is done. 🙂 ~ karen! (Well … until Wednesday’s post that is. Then it will begin all over again.)

  2. Sue says:

    And, I thought slathering it with butter and rolling it in grated Parmesan was adventurous!

  3. Barbie says:

    HONESTLY! The very first thought in my head when I looked at your picture today on this blog… my very words were “OMG” “LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL CORN” “JUST LOOK AT IT” Wow Karen is the bomb! I totally want to make this! I want to show off and pretend “I” thought of it! Your neighbor is a food goddess! What gorgeous colors! I want to make it just so I can photograph it! LOL Thanks for this one my foodie friend. AND I do love to look at your food pictures!

  4. Mike says:

    I’ve been contemplating a career change. Having just devoured your post, perhaps I’ll buy a food truck outfitted for grilling and selling the world’s most delicious Indian Street Corn.

    Free toothpicks with every purchase.

    Genius.

  5. Ardith says:

    Try as I might, it just doesn’t taste as good as it looks on the screen. Perhaps that is because I’m trying to eat it through the screen. Hope you had a great weekend, Ardith

  6. Brenda says:

    OMG – our neighbourhood FB group just posted a call for people to volunteer to help organize a BBQ and I might be able to steer them to your blog about this and I a might be my neighbourhoods goddess OMG … meeEEEEeeeee! because of youuuuu … because of whats’er name!!! OMG

  7. Mark says:

    Hey Karen,
    Can you please move to my street and make the corn for our street party?

    • Brenda says:

      Ima gonna try to tell our neighbourhood peeps to make their own / I’m just going to tell them to check out the blog and say I’ll bring the corn and spices … I think we’ll be having someone (wo)manning the BBQ for everyone … I need to keep clean for the sash and photo op

    • Karen says:

      Sure, yes, absolutely. Where are you and how long will it take me to walk there? (I’m on a health kick) ~ karen!

      • Mark says:

        That’s great! I’m in Ottawa, so if you walk 20 miles a day, I’ll see you in August. 🙂 I guess I would owe you a new pair of runners too.

  8. gloria says:

    I read the whole post waiting to hear the details about the main ingredient, the Indian corn, which you obviously use for this recipe and have to have to make street corn. Until I finally got it. I’m tired.

  9. Kathleen says:

    What a brilliant twist on corn on the cob. Can’t wait to wow my peeps too. But we’re going to have to wait a month or 4 – it’s not the season here just yet! Damn!

    • Karen says:

      Lemme guess … New Zealand? I’ll remind you in 4 months. 😉 ~ karen!

      • Kathleen says:

        No, but close… South Africa.
        Not to be outdone, I went and bought a bag of frozen corn, let it defrost in a colander to drain any excess water and then ‘fried’ it in the butter and spices. This is how we’ll eat it until we can experience your ‘off the cob’ gastronomical bliss. 🙂

  10. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says:

    Oh this looks soooooooo delicious!
    I have another treat for you. Head over to Pioneer Womans blog and look up her Cauliflower Sriracha. OMG it is flippin delicious!!!!! My hubs and I are simply hooked to death. So simple. I am on WW and when I just want a simple-something, I whip me up a batch of cauliflower. So satisfying.
    Try it and see if you love it.

  11. Brandy Ballard says:

    Oh that looks divine, and I happen to have some fresh corn on the cob. Now to figure out where to buy garam masala! And ghee…had to look that one up. Probably need to go to a specialty food shop

    • Karen says:

      Just use melted butter Brandy. No big whoop. And most largeish grocery stores should carry garam Marsala. ? ~ k!

    • TeresaP says:

      You might not even need a specialty food shop…my chain grocery now has a pretty decent ethnic food section and garam masala is there….also you can order it from Amazon.
      In NYC, the street fairs generally have roasted corn and I have been known to eat an ear at the beginning….walk several blocks and at the turnaround of the street fair, get another ear for the walk back. They dont spice it with the good stuff but they will dunk the ear in melted butter as you watch….decadent and delicious and worth every bit of the mess and dental flossing required!

    • Toronto Guy says:

      Brandy, if you reside in Canada you can find ghee in your local grocery store such as Freshco or Loblaws. If not, try your local mom and pop Indian grocery store. Ghee is a common ingredient in Indian food

  12. Madhu Ramakrishnan says:

    Hi, I am so amazed to see this post. May be because of being an Indian. And these corn are super tempting especially in rains and winter. And yes Indian spices are a must. They’ll be perfect if you roast them a little more to golden brown.

    Just a tip: If Indian spices are not available. Then simply apply salt, butter and lemon.

    • Karen says:

      Here’s a funny story Madhu. My BBQ ran out of gas while I was roasting these for the picture, lol. Normally I’d grill them longer. 🙂 ~ karen!

  13. Lez says:

    Looks yummy! Just wondering, there is no salt added. Does it not need it? I can’t imagine corn on the cob without salt! Maybe you just added it after?

  14. A guy says:

    Nice corn and gams.

  15. Leslie in Hampton says:

    Wow that sounds so good. I have to try this Karen.

  16. Jillian says:

    Salivating…..

  17. Karin in NC says:

    And to top off such a feast you are drinking 19 Crimes – my most favorite wine EVER. Can’t wait to try this corn. Tonight.

  18. Ayla says:

    Que apetecibles se ven esas mazorcas de maíz, hummm, ya mordería una ahora mismito, jejeje. Lo he de probar 😛
    Besote!!!!

  19. Eileen says:

    yum…technical question: when I grill corn I usually pull the husks down to remove the silk, but then pull the husks back over the ears, soak it in some water for a bit (so they don’t immediately turn into corn torches)…would this work if it was slathered on under the husk? I guess you wouldn’t get as much of the char (you do get some)….

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eileen. You really need to remove the husks. I used to grill with the husks on too, but removing the entire husk makes the corn SOOOO much better. Give it a shot. 🙂 ~ karen!

  20. Linda Baker says:

    OMG….this looks stunning!!
    I best start planning on what to bring to the street party….the bar has been set!
    L.

  21. Clara W. says:

    There’s a typo in your recipe…first line of the instructions.

  22. Carswell says:

    LOL – there just isn’t enough corn in the world to have with all the delicious things you can put on it. Lately my corn dressings of choice are:

    1. Smoked hot paprika mixed with dijon mustard and butter.

    2. Wasabi mixed with some dijon mustard and butter.

    Both of the above are enhanced with a generous squirt of lime. (The dijon adds a bit more heat and some tartness to the mix as well as some body, helping the mix to stay on the corn rather than just slide off.)

    I will definitely give this one a whirl – just gotta get the Indian chili powder.

    Mmmmmmm. Corn.

  23. Carswell says:

    Oh – and for the initiated – ghee is clarified butter. The milk solids are removed so you can fry in it without burning the butter.

    If you don’t already have some in your pantry, just melt regular butter. If you’re a real purist, skim the milk solids off.

  24. Gaeyl Kanter says:

    Thanks so much for this recipie. I love Mexican grilled corn slathered with mayonnaise , Parmesan cheese , sprinkled with fresh ground pepper salt & sprinkled with cojito cheese. I always enjoy the Carmellized kernels. The Indian spices just kick it up a notch. Penzys is where I purchase all my spices they are a Wisconsin U S A business also does mail order . in most spices I purchase the smallest quantity to retain freshness since no one loves a dead spice.

  25. Mindy says:

    Diggin the wine choice on the counter.
    I’m making a grilled corn salad for a big taco grill party we’re hosting tomorrow night. You’re tempting me to do this instead. Alas, I shall save the recipe for a regular dinner night, when I won’t have to share with so many people. 😉

  26. S Buck says:

    I will definitely try it. Here’s another one for you, grilled Mexican street corn called “Elotes.” It’s delicious and sold by street vendors here in Los Angeles. Just Google it and you will find plenty of recipes. Absolutely delicious!

  27. Flash says:

    will be giving it a try sounds yummy

  28. Sabina says:

    Thanks for another great recipe Karen! And are you obsessed with collecting all 19 crimes from the 19 Crimes wine corks too???

  29. Elaine says:

    You take the very BEST photographs, Karen (I could taste that corn!) and I love the “curtained” area below your kitchen sink. I’ve always thought that decor idea so charming and just last week, was wondering how it would suit my condo kitchen but figured that, perhaps, it was out of style. Seeing yours, I may just give it a try!

  30. Madeline says:

    Hi i Karen: a chef friend wraps her corn in parchment paper and then tin foil to roast it on the BBQ. You get the BBQ effect and flavour, but the corn stays moist and juicy. Sooo goood.

  31. Cred says:

    Omgawd. That looks amazing- must try this.
    Question for serving a crowd- did she make just a few at a time? Or did she grill them all and adorn and plate them?
    We’re having a corn roast at the end of August and think I will do some cobs just like this.

  32. sera says:

    Ok, ok. But, is there a particular garam masala that I should be using? Because all the food magazines and blogs say that the garam masala changes depending where and who you get it from. My friend gets it from her mom who brings it back from India with about another 20 different kinds of spices that I’ve never heard of and are really good. So I never buy garam masala because I feel like I’m not getting what I’m supposed to be getting. What do I buy???

    • Renee says:

      Sera – McCormick makes a pretty decent one with a lot cumin. Some of them seem bland, but this one is nicely flavorful

    • Manisha says:

      I have more trouble finding a good curry powder than some Garam masala. You should ask your friend for some of hers. In my experience Indian moms bring back way more than needed. Not complaining about the moms, just sayin!

  33. Renee says:

    soften butter, add some paprika, S & P, fresh parsley & as much horseradish as you like – slather on corn. mmmmm

  34. Renee says:

    butter, chili powder & lime juice & zest makes a good one too – then you can sprinkle cojita or another Mexican cheese on it

  35. Ev Wilcox says:

    Please thank your heroic neighbor for sharing this recipe. She made a lot of people happy!
    Totally unrelated: Holey Moley-Saw the newest Star Trek Saturday. What they did to our boy friend Idris–tsk tsk….

  36. Manisha says:

    I just want to stress that the corn should be charred a bit. That’s very important to the flavor. I had the best street corn while going to school in the Himalaya mountains. Dang! I might need to make done this weekend. Thanks for the reminder Karen!

  37. Amanda says:

    Hmm, we do these too but they’re called elotes. all the vendors in mexico sell them, but of course the spice blend is slightly different and they tend to add mayo and cojito cheese

  38. Kelli says:

    Dangit Karen. I literally just had 2 Wendy’s burgers (worked late, boo), and I would STILL murder about 3 of them thar corn cobs (or as my friend calls it: “cob on the knob”). It looks divine, and I bet it tastes even diviner!

    Here in Texas, we have something similar, taken from Mexican street food (elote) : grilled corn on the cob, squirted with lime, then covered in mayo, sprinkled with powdered smoked chili, cheese, salt, pepper, cilantro, and…cumin. Yummy.

  39. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Sounds yummy except the cilantro..I am one of those people who can not eat cilantro…tastes like soap to me…the rest sounds wonderful!

  40. Janet says:

    Now that I’ve tried this I don’t think I’ll ever eat corn the old way (butter, s+p). SO good! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  41. Cussot says:

    Hey, your homemade corn basket is aging well – it looks fantastic. For anyone who doesn’t know (and isn’t an obsessive, read-every-post, longterm reader of her blog), Karen MADE THAT THING.

  42. UrbanFarmKidMarti says:

    Lots of interest. Zero access to grill. (Yeah, sucks, but life goes on.)

    Can I get some / most of the fabled flavor without a grill? Or totally screwed?

  43. Neeta says:

    These corn looks so yumm! & so heavenly!! I remember the early monsoon days before I moved to the US, me & my husband used to stop by the street vendor at one corner of a busy streets of Bangalore to eat these delicious BBQ corns…yeah, this was almost our routine while returning from office. Initially, I used to urge him to apply more masala & a big squeeze of lemon as a greedy person; as we became regular customers for him, he was quite generous to brush more masala & served us with his big smile..Thanks Karen for reminding me of my golden days 🙂

    Note: Tender peanuts can be roasted on charcoal / cast iron skillet. When nearly charred, sprinkle salt water evenly to get crispy, tangy snack..yumm..this is another street snack in India.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Neeta! It’s my favourite way to do corn now! This year when we had our street party, she brought did the corn again, plus some type of potato/curry concoction that was also delicious! ~ karen

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