Ever heard anyone say that they are yearning for something “Chatpata”. Well if you have, here is a dish to satisfy just that craving. Chatpata is an Indian word used to describe a dish flavoured with a blend of Indian spices and lots of lime juice.
This is a much-loved, street style snack. The kind you would allow your child to have off street hawkers. They are usually available outside busy markets and are served hot in small cups made of leaves. But you let yourself and your kids have it anyway, silently justifying in your head that corn is a healthy choice – much better than a pack of chips any day!
I’ll let you in on a secret. You can replicate that flavor at home with only a few ingredients and a quick recipe at hand. I usually serve it at tea time with Indian tea (Chai) but let me warn you, hot tea with masala corn will only make the dish seem hotter so it’s definitely not for the faint hearted.
You can however, modify it to suit children below 3 by stopping just at adding butter. Some times I even like to add shredded coconut skin and a teeny bit of sugar for a whole new flavouring to the same base of corn and butter.
3 cheers for home-made street style cooking!!!
• 1 cup of frozen kernel
• 1 tbsp butter
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 tsp red chilli powder (or more, depending on your taste)
• ½ tsp black pepper
• 1 tsp chaat masala
• 1 lime
• 1 tbsp finely chopped corainder
1. Boil corn kernels in a milk pan.
2. Drain out the water from the pan and add butter to the hot kernels. Butter will melt instantly.
3. To this add all seasoning prepared – salt, chaat masala, red chilli powder and black pepper.
4. Squeeze limejuice over the top.
5. Throw in the finely chopped coriander or any preferable herb.
6. Mix well. Serve instantly, while still hot.