Corn, please

Pushpesh Pant

What an incredible grain corn aka maize is! It dons myriad avatars. Some prefer it sizzling, roasted on a spit and on the cob; others prefer it glazed with butter. Both children and adults find it irresistible ‘popped’, and lately, cups of steamed candy corn drizzled with chaat masala have made inroads into small cities of India. In Europe, you might have polenta and corn chowder. All issues ‘Chinese’ will not be very talked-about for the time being, however it isn’t going to be simple to ban or banish the candy corn soup.

No, there isn’t a dearth of desi corn recipes. The most well-known maybe is makki ki roti paired with sarson ka saag from Punjab. In Malwa area of Madhya Pradesh, locals take delight within the kees ready from candy corn kernels. Vegetarians now get to order bhutte ka kebab in eating places. Makki ka halwa and kheer are, nonetheless, uncommon. Himachal Pradesh has a whole pageant devoted to corn — Minjar. Nepalese put together a porridge-like dish, dhedho, from corn.

We owe our recipe this week to our pal, ex-MLA Ranjit Rawat. He handled us to a scrumptious makki ka chila for breakfast final yr. Ranjit bhai remembered his childhood days nostalgically as he narrated how the villagers in his native Salt (also referred to as Sult) area for lengthy subsisted on corn pancakes as nothing else grew simply.

Not tough to grasp, you possibly can attempt it at residence. The flatbread or pancake, name it what you could, might be loved each candy and savoury. A refreshing change from paratha, toasts and cereals.

Sweet Corn Chila


  • Sweet corn kernels 500g
  • Onion 1 small
  • Green chillies 2-3
  • Tomato (medium, non-compulsory) 1
  • Gram flour/cornflour 1 tbsp
  • Salt to style
  • Butter 100 ml


  • Boil the corn calmly. Wash and cube the tomato. Peel and chop the onions into small items. Wash and chop inexperienced chillies.
  • When cool, grind the corn right into a paste. Add gram flour to the paste and a bit water to acquire a batter of pouring consistency.
  • Heat a griddle and line it with a skinny movie of oil.
  • Pour a dollop of batter within the center and unfold it outward in a round movement.
  • Cook on low-medium warmth until it turns into dry within the center and crisp on the edges. Flip fastidiously and cook dinner on the opposite aspect.
  • Sprinkle chopped tomatoes, onions, inexperienced chillies and cook dinner for 10-15 seconds extra. Fold and serve with chutney of alternative however not earlier than you set a blob of butter to slowly soften on the chila.

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