Thursday, August 18, 2011

Masala Corn

Can one make excuses for slacking off? Can those be accepted as valid? When I look back on the last month, I can recollect smiling and grumbling, all the time. Is that silly?  Does seem like it!  I was smiling ( and still am) because I am one happy girl! I received a Kindle for  my birthday. I was thrilled, I've been craving for this fabulous e-reader for some time now. In fact, last year, on my India trip, there was a couple on the flight who were engrossed in their e-readers and I kept glancing at their kindles and sighing and wishing.
I finally got my wish and have been enjoying reading  all my favorite books ( starting off with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and the rest of her works). 

I grumbled (a lot) because of  the heat, I must add here , I *hate summer*. I do, I do , I do! and so spent a good deal of time indoors in the soothing a.c  and curled up with my treasure! 

While others rejoiced in the blazing heat (~shudder~) by jogging or just spreading themselves like bedspreads by the poolside ( and not going into the water, which to me, is utterly ridiculous- that, people, is the point, hot day- cooling water, no?) I arched my eyebrows and wiggled my ears and fanned myself with a notebook that was at hand. A sheet of paper fluttered to my feet. Picking it up idly I scanned it, a recipe! Good Heavens! It looked like I have one tucked everywhere possible and forgotten all about it!
It was for Masala Corn. Scribbled in a hurry on a sheet of printer paper over a year ago.
Two days after I found the sheet, the weather broke and we had rain, a good amount of rain and I was overjoyed! 
Perfect to sit with a bowl of masala corn and watch (read , actually) the drama unfold as Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth meet again after a gap of 8 1/2 years! 

This post got published before I could note the recipe, Thanks Shammi for bringing it to my notice. I had started on the draft and foolishly left it open on the laptop on the table. A nosy 3 year old wandered by and published it and I never knew! 

You Need: 

1 Cup Sweet corn ( I used frozen- thaw before use)
Oil to cook about 2-3 tbsp.
1 medium Onion, chopped
1 tsp. Ginge,r finely chopped 
1/4 tsp Garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp Red Chili powder ( adjust to your taste, I use Deep x-tra hot chili powder, so this is sufficient)
2 tsp Ground Cilantro
4 medium Tomatoes ( 1 tomato  grated and 3  tomatoes to be roasted and cubed - this is easy if you have gas, for electric stove, if you want to broil it, go ahead- I skipped the roasting pan, changes the taste, but by no means a bad option)
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. Garam masala
2 Tbs. Cilantro, chopped  to garnish

Heat 2 T oil, add the corn and cook for about a couple of minutes on medium  heat. Stir occasionally. Remove and set aside.

Heat 1 T oil in the same pan, add onion, ginger, garlic and saute till the onion is pink.

Add red chili powder and ground cilantro and mix

Add Tomato ( if you have grated as well as roasted cubed, add both at this stage) , add sugar  and cook till thick.

Add corn, salt, garam masala and cilantro leaves. Cook on high heat for a minute ( take care not to burn the corn).

Serve hot.

Enjoy the weekend folks! 
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  1. Hey! The recipe??? Manasi, where's the recipe? :) I'm with you, I hate summer too. Anything over 18C is summer. Don't want it, dont need it.

  2. Hi Manasi;
    Can you send this to me in NJ, it has been raining her and this would be just fine for today; I will make Tea and we can have a PARTY.... The pic looks so tempting. Slurrpp slurrpp...
    Love Ash.

  3. Summers are not for me either. I get a headache if I am in the sun for more than a few minutes. Love the rain that it brings though. This recipe looks like the perfect snack for a rainy late afternoon sitting on the patio with some coffee.


  4. Woww delicious corn masala,i can have it with some rotis.

  5. Wow wat a quick and fabulous snack..

  6. It's been a few years since I took cooking classes from my good friend Nina. I really need to get back in the swing of using all of these wonderful spices and preparations. Thanks for inspiring me!

  7. Scrumptious, tasty and so healthy! I love your dish.




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