Rains and Corn: A match made in heaven
Monsoons in India have many stories to narrate. Rains bring many hidden memories for all of us and my monsoon story has a magical ingredient in it. Corn is an ingredient that is available throughout the year but it’s taste doubles during monsoons. It is a season of corn and I am in no mood to miss it. If you are a corn lover too, these recipes will definitely add a cherry on the top.
a. Corn bhajiya:
We often crave for fried food during monsoons and bhajiyas are a must have. I tried a unique bhajiya recipe of loose corn kernels mixed with a bunch of vegetables, dipped in besan and cornflour and fried until golden and crisp. A perfect companion of tea when served in a lazy monsoon evening.
• 1 cup boiled corn kernels
• 1 medium size onion chopped
• 1 medium size capsicum chopped
• ¼ cup carrot grated
• 1/4 cup coriander chopped
• 3-4 green chilies chopped
• 1 ½ cup besan
• ½ teaspoon ajwain
• 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
• 1 teaspoon red chili powder
• Salt to taste
1. Add onion, capsicum, carrots, and corn in a bowl.
2. Now add besan, green chillies, ajwain, coriander seeds in the bowl.
3. Season it with salt and add red chili powder.
4. Add water as required and make a batter of pouring consistency.
5. Add chopped coriander leaves.
6. Heat oil in a deep kadhai or pan.
7. Fry 10-12 bhajiya at a time on medium flame.
8. Fry till they get nice golden brown color.
9. Serve warm with green chutney, meethi chutney, onion slices and fried chillies.
b. Crispy Corn Cheese balls:
An all time hit in my family. We go crazy for this recipe and I am sure trying this is worth. This recipe calls for cream style corn and fresh corn mixed with spices, stuffed with cheese and fried till perfection.
• Sweet corn crushed ¾ cup
• Sweet corn Cream style 1/2 cup
• Mozzarella cheese grated 2-3 tablespoons
• Spring onion chopped 1
• Coriander chopped 1 tablespoon
• Red chilli flakes ½ teaspoon
• Corn flour 1 tablespoon
• Oil for frying
• Corn flakes coarsely crushed for coating
1. Take sweet corn in a bowl. Add cream style corn, spring onions, coriander leaves, chilli flakes, salt, cheese and corn flour and mix well.
2. Heat oil in a pan.
3. Divide the cheese corn mixture and shape them into balls.
4. Coat the balls with the cornflakes and deep fry in hot oil till golden and crisp.
5. Serve hot with tomato ketchup.
So the next time when you crave for something crispy and crunchy, make corn bhajiyas. Nothing matches Indian tea in the monsoon and these recipes turn out to be a perfect companion of tea. Binge on corn with lip smacking dishes and don’t forget to try these scrumptious preparations.