Delicious turmeric sweet corn stir fry, desi style. Turmeric sweet corn stir fry with Indian spices. Super-fast, super easy and loaded with flavors.
It has been such a long time since I have published a recipe on the blog, interacted with my blogger friends and readers.
We bought a new house over the summer and this kept us extremely busy with de-cluttering, packing, and unpacking. It probably was not a fun summer for Sonshine. He had to sit through a
few house showings, discussions about the houses we saw, the pros and cons of moving to a particular neighborhood. Not a pleasant summer activity for 12-year-old. And imagine repeating it for 2-3 months, almost every weekend. Poor fella!
Finally, we found a house that we all liked and then the paper work and all the associated work started.
Meanwhile, I had to start packing (which involved a lot of de-cluttering, several trips to local GoodWill and "Why-did-I-buy-that?" questions).
And the move!
It took me a long time to unpack and organize the house. Couple of weeks back, I unpacked the last of the boxes.
(Still a little bit of stuff here and there, but nothing major).
Learned a lot of lessons during the de-cluttering process and I have vowed that I will fill my house with beautiful things and beautiful memories, cheers and laughter. We have decided to fill our new abode with things that bring us joy, not things that bog us down.
It feels weirdly pleasant to come back to the world of blogging. Weird because, I feel odd, like a first time blogger, because of the (quite-a-long) break I took from blogging. Pleasant because I am back doing what I like.
There is also a guilty pang resonating at the back of my mind. Guilt of ignoring the blog all this while. Sometimes, I wonder if I had a regular job which demanded regular working hours, whether I would have ignored it. I would have kept at it and somehow managed the move as well as the job. But I would have been stressed out a little bit considering the multi-tasking I have to do. But I realize that is the beauty of blogging.
OKEY-DOKEY! Let's get to the recipe stuff, shall we? Today's recipe is a simple sweet corn stir fry. With a hint of turmeric and other spices.
It is a very easy and simple preparation for you to try. The spices used in the sweet corn stir fry recipe add perfect balance to the sweetness of the corn.
When you read the recipe, you might find a lot of similarities between this turmeric sweet corn stir fry and Bhutte Ka Kees.
It is indeed based off of a specialty from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, called Bhutte Ka Kees. I came across the picture and a bare bones recipe for the same in a food group I am a member of. It looked delicious and the name of the dish kinda forced me to do more research on it.
Tried a few recipes for bhutte ka kees from the internet and adapted the recipe as I went along, finally landing on this one that I am sharing with you today.
This turmeric sweet corn stir fry is spiked with turmeric, which is hailed for the medicinal (especially the anti-inflammatory) properties. It is funny to realize that these are the spices that we have been using in our Indian cuisine for such a long time, that it is like second nature to us. Normally we do not think about these spices and just take them for granted. But it is indeed important to know the significance of the spices.
I serve this turmeric sweet corn stir fry as a side for rotis and chappatis and sometimes as an after-school snack for Sonshine.
Bhutte Ka Kees means grated corn. My family did not care much for the grated corn texture, so I just give a "one whoosh" in my blender, retaining most of the corn texture as such. This is a gluten-free (see notes below) and a vegan recipe with hints of sweet, tangy and heat, perfectly balanced.
Turmeric Sweet Corn Stir Fry Recipe Notes
- Though I have mentioned frozen corn in the recipe, you can use whole corn on the cob for the recipe. Shuck the cob and slice the kernels off the cob using a sharp knife. You can decide to give it a quick pulse in a mixer/blender or use as such in the recipe.
- Hing or asafoetida is a pungent smelling spice. You can buy this at your local Indian store or online. You get this in two different forms - powdered form or as a piece of rock (it actually resembles a rock). In its original rock form, it is gluten-free. To market it as powder, it is powdered and mixed with wheat flour. So in the powdered form, it is not gluten free. If you follow a gluten-free diet, make sure the hing you use is gluten-free as well.
- At times, I have used grated carrots as garnish. It adds a pop of color, vibrancy and adds lots of freshness to the dish. Garnish with grated carrot only at the time of serving to maintain the freshness.
- Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated in microwave or stove top.
- Sprinkle a little milk or water (to keep the recipe vegan) while cooking, if you find the corn drying out.
Turmeric Sweet Corn Stir Fry Recipe
- 12 Oz (340 grams) grated sweet corn
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
- 8-10 curry leaves
- ½ inch piece ginger;minced
- 1 teaspoon chopped green chillies/serrano pepper (adjust o taste)
- 1 teaspoon lime juice (adjust to taste)
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric/haldi
- a small pinch garam masala
- a small pinch hing
- Salt to taste
- Grated coconut(fresh or frozen and thawed)
- Chopped cilantro
- Grated carrots
- In a pan over medium heat, heat oil. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves. When the seeds splutter, add minced ginger and hing. Fry for a minute or two.
- Add the grated corn, salt and ground turmeric. Combine to mix well. Cover and cook till the corn is cooked thoroughly,stirring occasionally. Sprinkle water or milk if the corn starts to dry. Corn should be juicy and sweet and not over cooked.
- Sprinkle the lime juice, garam masala and sugar. Stir to combine
- Garnish with grated coconut, chopped cilantro and grated carrots.
- Serve warm.
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