Fresh corn on the cob is one of the rites of passage of summer. It’s a perfect healthy, low-cal side for warm-weather meals (about 60-120 calories per ear) – that is, until you pile on traditional American trimmings such as salt and margarine or butter. Instead, try this Indian street food-inspired recipe for corn on the cob, minus the extra calories and fat:
Chaat Masala Corn on the Cob
fresh corn on the cob
chaat masala (spice blend used typically found at Indian supermarkets)
1. Wrap corn in aluminum foil and grill.
2. Squeeze fresh lime juice into a bowl and mix in the chaat masala and paprika.
3. Dip a lime wedge in the spice mixture, then rub all over the surface of the grilled corn until it’s well-coated in lime juice and spice.
Can’t find (or don’t feel like looking for) Indian spices? Do-it-up Tex-Mex style instead, by substituting chili powder and fresh cilantro for the paprika and chaat masala.
Serve with a frosty glass of Taj Mahal beer or a cold can of Tecate, obviously.
(Photo: Vinda Dravid)