Spicy Corn Fritters

I was prepping for dinner when I got distracted towards the television. Brian Boitan was sharing his love for a special corn fritter that he ate at E&O Asian Kitchen in San Francisco. Who doesn’t like deep-fried snacks and anyways, SF is not far from my place. But then again, I was not sure I could wait long enough for a trip! Quickly I switched off the stove and started making notes of whatever information I could gather while observing the chef. She made it sound so easy but even after multiple attempts, it didn’t come out half as close to what the chef had presented.

Deep fried cooking doesn’t happen a lot often at our home. We both love it but we avoid it as much possible. My Mom always says, never give up any kind of food that you like. If it’s not healthy, eat less and savor the moment. And so we did!

The first attempt was a disaster. I almost burnt my finger, the kernels were getting separated in the oil, it got overcooked and the first few fritters went straight from the wok to the bin. Being stubborn that I am, didn’t want to give up. I lowered the heat and this time with much caution, I dropped the mixture in the hot oil. Result – all my fingers were still in place and the fritters came out crispy, crunchy and sweet at every bite!

I had my doubts if Arvind would like it and he proved me correct. It was not as savory or as spicy as he would have preferred in any such snack bites. So, the next time, I gave my own little Indian twist to the mixture. I added garam masala, along with amchoor (raw mango powder), some cayenne powder and fresh mint. And this time, I didn’t deep-fry it; rather pan-fried it in a cast iron pan.

We both loved it and gulped it down with some cold beer.

Summer corns are a delightful creamy treat and one should relish some before the season goes away. Growing up, I don’t remember eating a lot of corn. It would mostly be the grilled corn that we would buy from the roadside food stalls. This year, I am taking inspiration from everywhere and eating a lot more fresh corn than ever.

While making this fritter, just make sure not to over mix the ingredients. The mixture can be prepared in advanced and fried later. I still have to visit that restaurant and enjoy some of those Indonesian fritters but until then, I am going to enjoy the home made Indian version ones!

Spicy Corn Fritters

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 15 uneven sizes

Spicy Corn Fritters


  • 3 fresh corns
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup corn flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • salt
  • oil for frying


  • Remove the husk, clean the silk and using a sharp knife, slice the kernel off the corn into a mixing bowl.
  • Then, add rest of the ingredients except oil and using a wooden spoon mix everything.
  • If you want to deep-fry it, use a wok and heat enough oil. If you wish to pan fry it, use a cast iron pan and heat about 3 tablespoons oil.
  • Spoon the mixture and very carefully, pour it on the wok or the pan. If you are using the pan-fried method, use the spoon to spread out the mixture just a little bit so that it flattens.
  • Let it fry for about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Serve immediately with you favorite dipping sauce. I like to sprinkle some chat masala on it while serving.

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Anamika says:

They look so damn tempting Kankana….mouth-watering!!!

i love the whole kernel corns sticking out of the fritters! They look crispy and delicious

Just found out that whats going to be our snack for evening tea. Love at first sight for me.

nags says:

beautiful pics. nothing like using fresh corn to make anything!

beautiful photos Kankana! gorgeous!

Beautiful Kankana..
You know I really like the idea of pan frying them, trust me hun my love for fried food is showing on every cm of my body!!!! LOL
Beautiful pics.. I am loving the colors here, so subtle yet each of the has a story to tell…

Vijitha says:

Gorgeous post!I love corn and fritters with chai is always welcome in my home.Today I made Indian cutlets with lots of veggies and roasted chickpea flour and didn’t fry it. I gulped more than half a dozen. I am planning tweak yours by pulsing the corn and then making it like cutlets with minimum oil.

Deepa says:

I bet these tasted good….And thank God that you didn’t burn your fingers :-)I like the Indian touch you have given by adding masala powder. Looks so crispy

A very different fritter idea. I love your mom’s advice on eating your favourite kind of food… 🙂

Aunt Clara says:

Hon, you had me at spicy. Great idea, we have corn fritters in our cuisine, but they are made of cornmeal.

Beautiful fritters, I love the Indian twist you gave these!

beena says:

Super post…i simply love this….just recently i made corn balls and now that there is one more cob left at home i know what i can try with it… wonderful post and equally wonderful pics … do drop by..:)

Richa says:

we ate tons of corn last few weeks. but all on the cob. these fritters are perfect to try with the weather cooling down now. heart the first picture!

Rosa says:

What original fritters! They look so good. A great recipe. Fresh corn is so delicious.



nipponnin says:

This is so different! I never seen anything like it.
I love your photos(always, never disappointed)! I’m so envious of your talent.

I just love your photos! Everytime I swing by, they are just really unique and clever.
I have never used fresh corn for fritters before. I cheat using the tinned variety.

Gorgeous clicks and a wonderful treat for another corn lover!

mjskit says:

Corn fritters are my favorite! Great use of that fresh corn and what lovely pictures!

Mallika says:

Gorgeous beauties! I make a similar version but with grated corn. And mine has to be spicy! I surely need to give this a shot. I love those kernels dotting the fritters.

Aldy says:

Gorgeous! These fritters sounds incredible delightful, Kankana 🙂 Beautiful clicks!

Hugs <3

Just the treat I need in the rainy weather we’ve been having! Beautiful food and pictures, Kankana! You’re the pro!

Soma says:

I have neer made anything like this! I would pop in innumerable of these I think. cilantro, corn and garlic are a great combo.

rebecca says:

what a fun adventure love it

Devi says:

Nice fritters!!

I like your mom’s philosophy on food that you like which is absolutely true. Love the spiciness of these fritters. More cayenne for me please. 🙂

Great summer snack! Being stubborn in the kitchen is good and your persistence resulted in this great recipe! Also, I want to teach my kids your mom’s philosophy. I think it’s great words we all should remember!

A drizzle of lime on one of those hot morsel of goodness and life is good!

Harini says:

Oh yes! They do look very tempting. No wonder you had to stop cooking and take notes, Kankana! The header looks beautiful, and energetic, just like you. 🙂

I absolutely agree with your mom philosophy but being a truly Indonesian, to be honest, I often breaking my own rule. Corn fritter is always being my favorite snack and your corn fritter absolutely looks yummy! Love your pics and the tonal

Haha! I’m with Ira on your mom’s philosophy. After all we both are from the same region, where the street foods and deep fried stuff rule:) Corn fritter is one of those great street snacks favored by Malaysians and Indonesians. I always enjoy how you add your own touch to a recipe. Those corn fritters sure look crunchy!

Really lovely styling, and such a great way to enjoy summer corn.

Divya says:

Beautiful presentation and styling, Kankana! I want a bite of these, they look too delicious to pass up! I’m glad you didn’t get discouraged after the first try! This recipe sounds like a winner.

Oh what a lovely recipe idea and they are selling corn here just in front of my house. I am looking forward to try your recipe. Enjoyed your photography a lot. Wish u a lovely sunday evening Kankana. =)

Spandana says:

I dont know how I missed your post. These look absolutely delicious, perfect for a rainy evening. Love the pica as usual, waiting for more photography posts 🙂

Kankana, you’re a professional photographer! The styling of these fritters is amazing! Makes me just reach out and grab one of these lovely crunchy corn fritters.
I’m glad you didn’t give up and tried to recreate the fritters one more time. they sounds so good! delicious way to enjoy some sweet summer corn

Dayeeta says:

Lovely snack..I make the “lazy” version of this with canned corn….
wonderful pictures..

Totally agree with your mom! and your corn fritters look very tempting.

Kankana, It’s fun to read about your determination and multiple attempts on this one. Skillet fried corn fritters and beer sound like good reward for all the hard work:)

You are speaking my language. Spicy corn fritters, yumm-o! Just mouthwatering. I literally had nothing to eat at home today and was too exhausted to cook. Rolled in from MA early morning only to wake up at 5 to drop J at the train station.

Lisa H. says:

Oh my… you can make simple food looks amazing 😀

KiranTarun says:

Mouthwatering. I love how you ended up skillet frying instead of deep frying 😀

I don’t even know where to begin. Stunning photos. Delicious looking fritters. I love everything about this post.
Congrats on top 9!
Chow for now – Jaime aka The Tomato Snob

Caitlin says:

Looks like I am going to have to make a trip to E&O! These look delicious, but I am not ready to take on the challenge quite yet 🙂 I love your photo of the corn! Congrats on Top 9.

Very nice pictures for a yummy corn fritters!!
Love your blog 🙂

Oh how gorgeous are these, they looks unbelievably appetizing. Great post

What a delicious looking recipe (great pics)! I would love to make these over the weekend and pair with a nice Riesling!

I love anything fried so this is a recipe for me. Love the colours in your photos.

sensational photos Kankana, simply sensation! love!

Monique says:

Your photos are spectacular.
Bravo..Really they are inspiring:)

Neel says:

I love how much traditional corn has evolved with so many interesting and delicious varieties. Fritters must taste good in this avatar 🙂