Charred Corn is rubbed with Indian spices and a dash of lemon to make it an irresistible treat! This flavorful Indian-style street food is an easy BBQ side.
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What is Bhutta
Bhutta (Indian name for corn) or Street Style Corn-On-The-Cob is one of my favorite snacks. Ironically, in India, we enjoy this grilled corn during the rainy season, while in the West, this is enjoyed as a summertime snack. In India, it is a very popular street food where the vendor comes with his cart that's loaded solely with corn. He grills the corn on a small stove fueled by charcoal until it's nicely charred. He uses a freshly cut lemon to spread a special spicy and tangy masala (spice mixture) evenly all over the grilled corn. He then serves the hot corn on a bed of husk.
The key in this recipe is the masala and the way the corn is charred. Indian spices definitely bring a big flavor to the grilled corn on the cob game. Grilled corn is also a popular snack to have when on the beach. Growing up, my dad and I would eagerly wait for the Monsoon to start. The sound of this street food vendor hawking his wares on a rainy day outside our house was like music to my ears! These and Ragda Patties were his favorite street food snacks!
Down the memory lane
We would order a Bhutta each, almost every single day of the season. We were his regular customers. No matter how heavy the rains were, he would be there outside our home every day and we, like his loyal customers, would place our order and wait patiently for it to get ready. Over the years, he even allowed me to apply the spice rub myself and I would make mine super spicy and tangy. Today, I don't just miss the Mumbai Monsoons but also the Bhutta which is a staple fixture of this season!
It's been so many years since I last ate street-style corn cooked the Indian way! Unfortunately, I always end up visiting my home in Mumbai during the summertime and so never get to enjoy this dish because it is seasonal. I envy all the Insta pics that I see during that time of the year where all my friends are relishing grilled corn while I am left sulking. But this year, I decided to put an end to this self-inflicted misery of mine. I decided to make Bhutta Indian style.
Best Summer food
Grilled Corn is looked upon as the perfect summer fare here which can be made on the grill or in the oven. I prefer the grill method as the crispy charred corn tastes the best when grilled over the fire. This snack covers all of the flavor bases – sweet, savory, smoky, and sour. We love hosting our friends and family all year through and as expected, food is always the center of all these get-togethers. Summers are reserved for outdoor grilling and BBQs. All of us get together with family and the boys cook up a BBQ menu for us.
Since summer has just begun, we wanted to have our friends over for a casual hangout. As most of them are Indians who miss home food just like me, I thought this would be a nice opportunity to cook something to excite their Indian taste buds. I wanted to surprise my guests with my unique take on corn. I wanted some specific ingredients to make the spice rub. Since I am a regular shopper at Walmart, that is where I went to search for my secret ingredients. 🙂
Let me tell you a bit about a couple of these products that I used for my spice rub. First, Frank’s® RedHot® Sauce - an amazing hot sauce, which brings the perfect balance of flavor and heat to any recipe. Second, Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt - which is salt mixed with a blend of spices like paprika, turmeric, garlic, etc. It instantly adds flavor to any dish - during or after cooking!
These two ingredients worked so beautifully together to create a flavorful spice rub suited to the spicy Indian palate. The flavor is all-important! The right ingredients can instantly elevate your grilling experience - and trust me, these products did just that!!! I strongly suggest you use these ingredients when you make this recipe. You'll see what I'm talking about!
How to make it
Now, here's how to make Indian Street Style Corn-On-The-Cob at home. The first step is to create the spice rub. Mix together the following ingredients - Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt, McCormick® Black Pepper, Frank’s® RedHot® Original Sauce, McCormick® Cumin powder and Indian Garam Masala (you can find this in any Indian store). Set this aside for now. Shuck the corn. Melt some butter (either in a saucepan or in the microwave) and transfer to another bowl.
Pre-heat your grill to medium-high. Grill the corn by turning occasionally until the corn is evenly charred and cooked. The amount of charring is a personal preference (some prefer light, while others prefer well done). I like it well done. Remove the corn from the grill and immediately brush the corn with melted butter. Make sure the corn is coated fully, because who doesn't love lots of butter on their corn?! Plus, it will help the spice rub better adhere to the corn.
Liberally sprinkle the spice mix onto the corn on all sides evenly. After this, rub the corn with lemon. Traditionally, a lemon is cut in half and rubbed over the corn to ensure even coverage, but you can even squeeze a lemon over it (be cautious here – lest it becomes too sour). Garnish the corn with cilantro and serve immediately. Be careful when handling the hot corn!
Substitutions - If you don't have Frank’s® RedHot® Original Sauce, you can skip it or use any chili powder or paprika instead. Instead of seasoned salt, use regular salt. Use vegan butter to make this a vegan snack.
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- 3 tbsp. Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt
- 2 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Frank’s® RedHot® Original Sauce
- 2 teaspoon McCormick® Cumin powder
- ½ tablespoon Indian Spice Blend/Garam Masala
- 3 cobs of corn
- 4 tablespoon melted butter
- 3 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- Lemon juice
- Mix together the following ingredients - Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt, McCormick® Black Pepper, Frank’s® RedHot® Original, McCormick® Cumin powder and the Indian Spice Blend/Garam Masala. Set this aside for now.
- Shuck the corn
- Melt the butter (either in the microwave or in a saucepan). Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
- Preheat your grill to medium high.
- Grill the corn with the lid closed turning occasionally until the corn is charred and cooked. The amount of charring is a personal preference (some prefer light, while others prefer well done)
- Remove the corn from the grill and immediately brush the corn with the melted butter Make sure the corn is coated fully. This will help the rub better adhere to the corn.
- Liberally sprinkle the spice mix onto the corn.
- After this, rub corn with lemon. Traditionally, a lemon is cut in half and rubbed over the corn to ensure even coverage.An alternative is to cut a piece of lemon and just rub it on the corn to coat it. (Be cautious here – lest it become too sour).
- Garnish corn with cilantro and serve.