My fridge is loaded with corn thanks to a dear friend who sent me homegrown corn from her farm. I am always on the look out for recipes of quick snacks with corn to go with my evening cup of tea or coffee. A couple of weeks ago, I prepared Corn Pakoda on a rainy day. Monsoons are that time of the year to savor deep fried comfort food like fritters and munching on garam garm corn pakora with a cup of masala chai is culinary heaven. 🙂
The key to perfect corn pakoda is to use corn kernels of the regular desi (Indian) variety. You can use sweet corn too. Its best to grate the fresh corn, alternately, use a knife to slice through the kernels and coarsely grind them. Very few ingredients go into this snack dish allowing the natural sweet flavor of the corn to stand out.
Corn kernels - 3 cups, freshly grated or coarsely ground
Onion - 1, medium sized, finely chopped
Green chilies - 3, finely minced
Ginger - 1 1/2 " piece, finely minced
Fresh coriander leaves - 3 tbsps (finely minced)
Besan - 3 tbsps (chickpea flour)
Rice flour - 1 tbsp
Cornflour - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
Method for making Corn Pakoda
1: Heat enough oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel on medium flame.
2: In a bowl, add the coarsely ground corn, finely minced onions, green chilies, ginger, fresh coriander leaves and salt and mix well.
3: Sprinkle besan, rice flour and corn flour over this mixture and mix well. Do not add water as the moisture from the corn will be enough to bind the mixture together. You should be able to shape small round balls out of the mixture.
4: Check if the oil is hot enough for deep frying by dropping a small piece of the corn mixture into the oil. If it sizzles and comes to the surface, the oil is ready for deep frying.
5: Slowly place a few corn balls (pakoda) into the hot oil and cook on medium flame. Do not crowd the vessel by adding more balls. Fry them till they reach a golden shade.
6: Drain them with a slotted ladle and place them on absorbent paper. Prepare corn pakora with the rest of the mixture.
7: Serve them warm with ketchup and chai.
If required add more besan.
You can also add roughly torn curry leaves instead of coriander leaves or use both.
By Sailu Published:
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