Sweet Corn Chaat | Corn Chaat

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Sweet Corn Chaat is a popular Indian snack crafted from tender sweet corn kernels tossed with a medley of onions, tomatoes, and aromatic spices.

In India, chaat is of any kind, be it pani puri, bhel puri, sev puri are very popular across all age groups. While Sweet Corn Chaat may have joined the chaat scene relatively recently, its popularity has skyrocketed in the past decade or two. And let me tell you, it is for all the right reasons!

The reason behind increased popularity is the ease with which it can be made as well as the unique sweetness of sweet corn .This sweetness blends perfectly with the tanginess of the chutneys and tomatoes. And if you add sev and onions to it, the crunch they provide is like cherry on the top. Also lets not forget the contribution of “dhaniya”(coriander/cilantro). It brings a unique earthy taste of herbs to this dish making you drool even by the thought of this delicious sweet corn chaat.

Sweet Corn Chaat
Sweet Corn Chaat

I’ve always been a huge fan of chaat. When I was growing up, my sister and I would find any excuse to sneak out of the house and convince our mother to let us indulge in the chaat sold by roadside vendors. Most of our pocket money would end up being spent on these delicious snacks. Good times!

About the recipe:

Today, I am sharing my recipe of this common street food from India, Sweet Corn chaat. As I said, it is very easy to make, requires minimal ingredients and can be made in less that 10 minutes.

An important note before we start with the recipe: For sweet corn, you can either buy sweet corn cobs from the market and then peel the kernels off the cobs. You’ll need to boil or steam the corn cobs in salted water. Once the corn cobs are cooked, carefully remove the kernels from the cobs. This process may take a bit of time. However, if you are in a rush, frozen sweet corn would also do the trick. Both these types taste equally good in this Chaat recipe.

Okay, now that we know, let get into it.

Ingredients

For cooking Sweet Corn

Sweet corn kernels, Butter, black pepper powder, salt.

For making chaat:

Onion, tomato, green chili, coriander leaves, lemon/lime juice, chaat masala, roasted cumin powder, black pepper powder, black salt, regular salt

For garnish:

Sev (thin crispy noodles) for garnish (optional), chopped coriander leaves.

Instructions

Cooking the Sweet Corn:

  • If using sweet corn cobs, in a saucepan add water and let it come to a rolling boil. Add salt and the corn cobs. Boil for 15-20 minutes and switch off the gas. Carefully remove the cobs from the water and let it cook. Then remove the kernels slowly.
  • If using frozen sweet corn kernels, thaw them on for 15 -20 minutes on the countertop. Heat butter in a medium sauce pan. Add the sweet corn kernels and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper powder while cooking. Once they are cooked, take it out on a plate and let them cool.

Making Chaat:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the boiled sweet corn kernels, chopped onion, tomato, green chili, and coriander leaves.
  • Add lemon juice, chaat masala, roasted cumin powder, and salt to taste.
  • Mix everything well until all the ingredients are evenly coated with the spices.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Transfer the corn chaat to serving bowls or plates.

Garnish and serve:

  • Garnish with chopped corinader leaves and sprinkle fine sev on top for an extra crunch (optional).
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.

Serving Suggestions

  • Simple Corn Chaat makes for a perfect evening snack or appetizer for parties.
  • You can also serve it as a side dish with your favorite main course meal and add a tasty zing for meals like dal, rice and
  • Feel free to pair it with a refreshing drink like lemonade or iced tea for a complete snacking experience.
  • You can create a chaat platter with a variety of chaat items such as samosas, pakoras, and kachoris for a diverse snacking experience.
Sweet Corn Chaat
Sweet Corn Chaat

Tips and Tricks

  • For extra freshness, you can add chopped cucumber or bell peppers to the corn chaat.
  • If you prefer a spicier flavor, you can add a dash of red chili powder or increase the quantity of green chilies.
  • To make cheese corn chaat, sprinkle some grated cheese on top before serving. I use Amul Cheese for that authentic flavor, however feel free to use any cheese of your choice.
  • If you are making for the kids, you can skip the green chilies and I am sure it will be a hit with your kids too.
  • Adjust the amount of lemon juice and chaat masala according to your taste preferences.
  • For a healthier option, you can use olive oil instead of butter for roasting the corn kernels.

Meal Prep tips

  • You can boil the sweet corn kernels in advance and store them in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
  • Chop the onion, tomato, and green chili ahead of time and store them separately in airtight containers in the fridge.
Sweet Corn Chaat
Sweet Corn Chaat

FAQs

Q: Can I use frozen corn kernels instead of fresh ones?

A: Absolutely! Just make sure to thaw the frozen corn kernels before using them in the recipe.

Q: How long can I store the prepared corn chaat?

A: It’s best to consume the corn chaat immediately for the freshest taste. However, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days.

Q: Can I skip the green chili if I don’t like spicy food?

A: Of course! Feel free to omit the green chili or adjust the amount according to your spice tolerance.

Q: Is there a substitute for chaat masala?

A: If you don’t have chaat masala on hand, you can increase the amount of roasted cumin powder, black salt, and add a pinch of amchur (dried mango powder) as an alternative.

Q: Can I make this corn chaat ahead of time for a party?

A: While you can prepare some components in advance, it’s best to assemble the corn chaat just before serving to maintain its freshness and crunchiness.

Sweet Corn Chaat

Sweet Corn Chaat | Corn Chaat

Sweet Corn Chaat is a popular Indian snack crafted from tender sweet corn kernels tossed with a medley of onions, tomatoes, and aromatic spices.It is very easy to make, requires minimal ingredients and can be made in less that 10 minutes.

Ingredients
  

For cooking sweet corn cob:

  • 4 sweet corn cobs peeled
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For cooking thawed sweet corn kernels:

  • 2 cups boiled sweet corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder

For making chaat:

  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium-sized tomato finely chopped
  • 1 green chili finely chopped (adjust according to your spice preference)
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon/lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black salt
  • Salt to taste

For Garnish:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • Sev thin crispy noodles for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

For cooking Sweet corn:

  • If using sweet corn cobs, in a saucepan add water and let it come to a rolling boil. Add salt and the corn cobs.
  • Boil for 15-20 minutes and switch off the gas. Carefully remove the cobs from the water and let it cook. Then remove the kernels slowly.
  • If using frozen sweet corn kernels, thaw them on for 15 -20 minutes on the countertop. Heat butter in a medium sauce pan. Add the sweet corn kernels and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper powder while cooking.
  • Once they are cooked, take it out on a plate and let them cool

Making Chaat:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the boiled sweet corn kernels, chopped onion, tomato, green chili, and coriander leaves.
  • Add lemon juice, chaat masala, roasted cumin powder, and salt to taste.
  • Mix everything well until all the ingredients are evenly coated with the spices.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Transfer the corn chaat to serving bowls or plates.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Garnish with chopped corinader leaves and sprinkle fine sev on top for an extra crunch (optional).
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.

Notes

Serving Suggestions
  • Simple Corn Chaat makes for a perfect evening snack or appetizer for parties.
  • You can also serve it as a side dish with your favorite main course meal and add a tasty zing for meals like dal, rice and
  • Feel free to pair it with a refreshing drink like lemonade or iced tea for a complete snacking experience.
  • You can create a chaat platter with a variety of chaat items such as samosas, pakoras, and kachoris for a diverse snacking experience.
Tips and Tricks
  • For extra freshness, you can add chopped cucumber or bell peppers to the corn chaat.
  • If you prefer a spicier flavor, you can add a dash of red chili powder or increase the quantity of green chilies.
  • To make cheese corn chaat, sprinkle some grated cheese on top before serving. I use Amul Cheese for that authentic flavor, however feel free to use any cheese of your choice.
  • If you are making for the kids, you can skip the green chilies and I am sure it will be a hit with your kids too.
  • Adjust the amount of lemon juice and chaat masala according to your taste preferences.
  • For a healthier option, you can use olive oil instead of butter for roasting the corn kernels.
Meal Prep Tips
  • You can boil the sweet corn kernels in advance and store them in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
  • Chop the onion, tomato, and green chili ahead of time and store them separately in airtight containers in the fridge.
 
Author: Trupti Deo
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chaat items, Corn Chaat, Easy Chaat, Indian chaat, Party starter, Quick appetizer recipe, Quick starter, spicy and tangy dish, Sweet Corn Chaat

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