Sweet summer corn in its raw state is totally under-appreciated.
Chomping down on a freshly husked ear from the field across the street; your teeth bursting a mouthful of crispy kernels into sweet, milky juice that runs down your chin….
There’s something so rich and pure and earthy that I feel is lost when the ears are cooked.
SO. If you have not experienced the sensation that is sweet summer corn, fresh from the field and raw, try out this easy recipe for corn bhel, a sweet and tangy Indian street snack. Give your traditional boiled/baked/grilled corn-on-the-cob a break, and enjoy all the extra nutrients from the raw stuff!
I first had corn bhel at Chai Pani, an amaazing Indian street food-inspired restaurant in Asheville, NC (highly recommend it if you’re in the area!). It was love at first taste… love that quickly turned into addiction. How could such simple ingredients combine to create something so brightly flavorful and complex?
As expected, I’m pretty sure the flavor owes much to the “corn milk,” as I like to call it, which is plentiful and so rich and pure on an uncooked ear. Be sure to slice the kernels off as close to the cob as it allows, and then scrape again and again til you’ve milked the cob for all it’s worth.
MMM mmmm. Then spoon it onto a green salad, grilled fish or chicken, scoop it like salsa onto corn chips, serve it over a fried egg with salsa and black beans, provide as a healthy side dish, or eat it straight out of the serving bowl when you want to snack on something awesome. Did I mention it’s incredibly addicting……
Corn Bhel (sweet raw corn salad), inspired by Chai Pani’s dish
- 2 ears sweet corn, raw + kernels sliced fresh off the cob
- ‘corn milk’ (the juices from the cob, every last drop scraped off :)
- 1 red or white onion, diced
- 4 small-medium tomatoes, diced (this is just an estimate – I used what we had from the garden)
- 1 handful cilantro, chopped
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 t roasted coriander powder
- 1/2 t cumin powder
- salt + pepper to taste
Hold each ear of corn on its end and slice the kernels off with a knife. Then continue scraping the cob ’til you get every last drop of juice. Combine all ingredients together in a pretty bowl and let sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour to let the flavors meld into deliciousness. Eat.
enjoy :) –mich