‘Sweet Corn Chaat’ also known as the ‘Cup Corn’ is an easy to make chaat that doesn’t involve major cooking. It can be prepared in a jiffy with ingredients easily available in the pantry. It just involves mixing corn with 3-4 other ingredients and spice powders and your chaat is ready to be savored in minutes.
I have been making this chaat at home for quite a few years. I had tasted this for the first time in a mall close to my place. My husband and I were waiting for our friends. To while away our waiting time, my husband got this chaat from a small stall. It was peak winter and we really liked the delicious warm corn served in a small plastic cup; it was warm, spicy and buttery. We could easily guess the ingredients and since then I started making this chaat at home. My kids love to have it plain, I add a little butter, pepper powder, salt and serve them. For us, I make it a little spicy with the addition of chaat masala, green chillies or chilli powder and onions.
We love to have this chaat as a snack during our tea time.
Sweet corn is very healthy and nutritious. It contains minerals like copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese and iron. It is also a good source of antioxidant and vitamin B complex. Its high fiber content helps in preventing constipation, and also acts as anti-carcinogenic agent. Regular consumption helps lower bad cholesterol, prevents anemia and also protects the heart. It also aids in controlling diabetes and hyper tension.
Sweet Corn Kernels from 2 medium sized corn cobs
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
1 green chilli or ½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp chaat masala
Salt to taste
Black salt or kala namak – a pinch (optional)
A handful of finely chopped coriander leaves
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 15 mins
Total time – 20 mins
Serves 4 people
- Remove the kernels from the corn cob. Steam the kernels in a steamer for 5 mins.
- Meanwhile finely chop onions, green chilli (if using) and coriander leaves.
- Take all the above listed ingredients along with steamed corn in a mixing bowl.
- Toss well and serve warm.
- I normally remove the kernels from the cob and then steam them. You can steam the cob and remove the kernels using a sharp knife. Sometimes, I place the kernels in a bowl in a pressure cooker and cook it for one whistle.
- For crunchier taste, you can sprinkle nylon sev over the chaat and serve.
- For a variation, I occasionally add pani puri masala instead of chaat masala. It tastes good either ways.
- To make it healthier, you can add finely grated carrot or chopped tomatoes or cucumber.