I’m kind of notorious for liking “the classics”.  A hamburger with regular mustard, not fancy mustard.  Pizza with pepperoni and cheese.  Boiled corn with butter.  But this grilled Indian Street corn with lime, melted butter, cilantro and Indian spices is soooooo delicious it’s changed my opinion on the perfect way to eat corn.

grilled corn with indian spices and limes

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Happy July 4th to my American readers!!  My guess is a lot of you will be either hosting BBQs or going to one.  So.  I’d like you to direct your attention to the photo above.  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.

A few years ago 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.


basket of corn in cozy kitchen


Everyone went NUTS over this corn.  Backflip nuts.  Eyes roll into the back of your head 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???


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.

Indian spice blend in a bowl


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.


fresh corn on the cob


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.



grilled corn on the cob with cilantro and lime on a platter.


Charred kernels and Indian spices, oh my!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 servings
Author: The Art of Doing Stuff


  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon of hot Indian red chili powder or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 6 cobs of corn
  • Indian Spice blend
  • 1 lime
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • Melted ghee or butter


  • Mix the first 5 ingredients together to create your Indian Spice Blend.
  • Husk corn.
  • Melt butter.
  • Chop a large handful of cilantro.
  • Pre-heat grill to medium high.
  • Grill corn with the lid closed turning occasionally until the corn is nicely charred and cooked.
  • Remove from grill and immediately brush the corn with melted ghee or butter.
  • Liberally sprinkle spice blend and cilantro over corn.
  • 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.

delicious looking indian street corn

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

The year after I decided not to embarrass myself and kept the pizza oven shut and opted to bring a massive Caprese salad and sourdough bread.  Last year I brought – actually I can’t remember what I brought last year.

But this year I think I’ve got a lock on best dish.  I’m toying with the idea of bringing fried chicken (but served cold, picnic style). Two types, a regular Kentucky Fried Chicken-type spice blend in the batter and … because I’ve figured out how to play this game … a fried chicken with an Indian spice blend.

Take *that* my sister wife.



  1. Greg says:

    Try putting the spice mix on popcorn! Best popcorn ever.

  2. Julie says:

    Tried this last night. So delicious.
    I’m officially addicted. I want to go home and make more now.
    We had it with grilled chicken thighs skewers and naan. Did the corn first as it could sit while grilling the chicken.

    • Julie Radley says:

      For people having a hard time finding ghee, got it from Walmart in the section with Indian food. It’s in a jar.

  3. Darla S says:

    Does this make the corn spicy hot? Like cumin or pepper flakes would.

    • Karen says:

      No, I wouldn’t call it hot. I’d just call it flavourful. But then again, I have a fairly good capacity for eating spicy foods. I’ve never noticed it having a lot of heat though ~ karen!

  4. Holly says:

    Maybe next time you should add some curry powder to the mix and give it a real flavor pop

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