Sunday, August 12, 2012

Corn Chaat: In Memoriam

Let's rewind six years and travel to Chennai; to the days when Gomathi and I used to work together. I used to park my two-wheeler in her house and we would then walk to work (approximately 20 minutes). Had we become health conscious? Yes. Was there any other intention? Yes. We would get that much more time to spend with each other, just like it was in college. An added bonus, a reward if you will, was an occasional pani puri or  bhel puri from a small Calcutta Chaat shop or corn chaat from vendors outside supermarkets like Nilgiris.
This recipe is in honor of those wonderful days!!!
Ingredients (Serves 2)
Corn kernels – 1 ¼ cups
Chopped onion – 2 tbsps
Chopped tomatoes – 1-2 tbsps (optional)
Chaat masala – 1 tsp (or to taste)
Finely chopped green chili – 1 tsp (optional)
Salt to taste
Lemon juice to taste
Chopped herbs (cilantro/mint) for garnish
I used very tender sweet corn, so I did not cook it. But if you are using Indian corn, boil it as required.
Mix all the ingredients (except herbs) well, garnish with herbs and serve. Bon App├ętit. 

  1. Visit Warm Salad for a Cold Night to see how to easily cut corn. 
  2. You can increase the amount of onions and add green chilies if you please. The red onions I used were spicy and I did  not want the flavor to overpower the mild flavor of the corn.
Recipe linked to Delicious Dish Tuesday Recipe Link Up



    1. Very healthy and tempting chaat..

    2. simple yet favourful salad

    3. Lovely presentation and nice pics.. wish we could rewind to those days with friends.
      Love Ash.

    4. Thank you Chandrani, Spice up the Curry, Renuka and Veena.

      Ash, thanks, I wanted to capture the essence of how the vendors served the chat. It would be lovely to go back in time.

    5. I have also had this in front of Pazhamudhir in Chennai. It is lovely to taste and healthy too.

    6. Amma is planning to make it as a snack for her to school.

    7. Simple delights such as these are profoundly satisfying :)

    8. Thanks Priya, you are absolutely correct :-)

    9. yummm & healthy chaaat..

      You have a great space here.. Happy to follow you :)

    10. This sounds and looks absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing it with Delicious Dish Tuesday. I will be featuring it as my favorite recipe this week so please stop by, check it out, and share more great recipes :)

    11. Thank you so much Amamda. Do let us know if you try any of our recipes. Will definitely drop by.

    12. I also want to rewind to six years ago in Chennai. I miss the city like crazy. I also want pani puri at the Nilgiris guy :( and some dahi sev puri from gangotri. I also want your chaat. Am I being too needy?

    13. I don't think so, Ruchira; I totally get you :-)

    14. Like the simplicity of the dish, but what is more interesting that it brings back so many memories and that's what makes it special :) nice post and nice recipe!

    15. Thank you for the lovely comment, Gauri :-)