Thursday, March 27, 2008

corn salad or makke ki bhel

i was reading something somewhere the other day about corn. sorry i can't seem to remember where i read this, but it said that fresh corn has hardly any starch. the starch is created once the corn is cooked. this was music to my ears my friends. all this time, i thought i was in love with the enemy. a practically nutrient deprived vegetable. but oooh, i love me some corn. and i especially love summer corn. i love grilled corn, i love roasted corn, i loved boiled corn. shoot, i even love corn nuts. oh yeah, and i love any items made with corn.

did you know in baroda (in the state of gujarat in india) there is an entire restaurant dedicated to this golden haired sunshine of a vegetable? they make everything out of corn. corn bread, corn roti (tortilla), corn rotlo (flatbread), corn fritters. you get the picture. i didn't get a chance to go this time, but there were some idiots around me who kept talking about it the whole time. people suck. big time.

it's not quite season yet, but my mom couldn't help picking up these 2 lovelies at SunHarvest. here, she's made a popular street food in mumbai called corn bhel. it is basically a salad with some crunchy savories added - sort of like the crunchy noodles you get at a salad bar. but the indian ones come in different shapes, sizes and thicknesses. they are called sev and they are made out of chickpea flour which is sometimes labeled 'gram flour' on the packaging. don't bother making these at home, they have to be deep fried and require a special tool. besides, for the small quantity you need for this recipe, it's just better to buy them ready made at any indian grocers.

Corn Salad or Makke ki Bhel
serves 2
prep time: 10-15 min

into each bowl add:

  • shuck an ear of corn and season with salt
  • add a tablespoon of chopped red onions (we used Texas 1015's)
  • add 1/2 diced jalapeno or to your tolerable heat level
  • add 1/2 tomato
  • add 2 tablespoons of sev
  • add cilantro
  • squeeze some lime over the top and serve immediately

Notes: not using sev won't comprimise the taste of this dish, however the crunchy texture that it provides will be missing. another alternative would be to cut up a corn tortilla into strips and fry until crispy or bake in an oven and crush over the top.

Listening to: the handsome, the suave, late Gregory Hines track - 'Creole Boy' from the cast recording of Jelly's Last Jam (1994).


Penny said...

Hi Alpa, this sounds like an amazing recipe! I am so glad you found my blog and now I found yours! I will definitely try this recipe! Thank-you so much for taking the time to post it with such lovely photos.

Alpa said...

Penny - welcome! i'm glad you liked the recipe, please let me know how it turns out! Thanks for visiting!

Lotus Reads said...

Yum,yum,yum!!!!!!! This looks so good, will have to make it the next I invite people to eat with us on our patio!