Spiced Grilled Corn

Spiced Grilled Corn, in other words Bhutta Masala is our summer favorite snack! Grilled or charred on open fire and then rubbed with spice mix along with fresh lime juice. The sweet corn with the spices is an unbeatable summer delight!

Spiced Grilled Corn – Bhutta Masala?

In India, you will come across Masala Bhutta being cooked in open fire charcoal or wood in the roadside stall. It’s almost impossible to pass by without grabbing one on the go.

The smoky flavor that you get from charcoal makes it extra special. We always do that in our camping trips.

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At home, however, I just use our outdoor gas stove to char the sweet corns to make this delicious nostalgic Spiced Grilled Corn!

Spiced Grilled Corn - Masala Bhutta

Spices I used for Spiced Grilled Corn

You can use a wide variety of spices based on what you have at home. I like it very simple with just two ingredients:

Black Salt (Kala Namak) – Black Salt is one of the most common source of seasoning salt used in most Indian recipes, like Indian chaats and spiced summer drinks!

It does have a weird smell like rotten eggs or boiled eggs, however it tastes really nice and enhances the flavor. Black salt gives that extra smack in your taste bud that you cannot get from regular salt.

However, if you can’t find or don’t like the smell of black salt, you can always substitute with regular kosher salt.

Chaat Masala – This is a very famous spice mix that is used in several Indian dishes to add that tangy smack taste. It will instantly uplift your taste bud! It is very easy to make at home by grinding few spices like cumin seeds, dried pomegranate, dry mango powder etc. Likewise, it is also very easily available in Indian stores and online. Here is a link from Amazon

Chili Powder – I used Kashmiri Chili powder, which is not too spicy. Sweet paprika is a good substitute too.

Spiced Grilled Corn - Masala Bhutta
Spiced Grilled Corn - Masala Bhutta

Can you boil the Corn

If you don’t want to grill or use the open fire to char the corn, you can definitely go ahead and boil the corn cobs too!

Once boiled, let it cool down a bit and then rub the spice mix with lemon or lime wedges.

How to pick the best Corn on the Cob?

Two simple way to pick the best corn on the cob:

  1. The husk should be green and not yellow.
  2. The husk should be tightly wrapped and shouldn’t peel off easy or feel dry.

Don’t remove the husk. It keeps the corn fresh for longer. You remove it just before you are ready to use the corn.

Unless you are planning to use the corn in the next few hours, store the corn on cob in the fridge to keep it fresh.

Masala Bhutta

There are various different ways you can enjoy grilled corn. You can all different kind of topping you like, add cheese and extra sauce to make it tastier.

I grew up eating Masala Bhutta this way, charred and then rubbed with the spice mix. It will always remain my absolute favorite!

Spiced Grilled Corn - Masala Bhutta

Spiced Grilled Corn - Masala Bhutta

Yield: 5 Corn on the Cob
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Spiced Grilled Corn, in other words Bhutta Masala is our summer favorite snack! Grilled or charred on open fire and then rubbed with spice mix along with fresh lime juice. The sweet corn with the spices is an unbeatable summer delight!

Ingredients

  • 5 corn on cob
  • 1 teaspoon black salt
  • 2 teaspoons chaat masala
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Fresh Lemon Wedges
  • oil spray

Instructions

  1. Remove if the husk of the corn just before preparing the Masala Bhutta.
  2. Mix the spices and keep it ready in a plate.
  3. Spray oil on the corn or brush a bit of oil all around
  4. Either use a grill or stove top to char the corn all around. Keep rotating as it sizzles and chars.
  5. Once done, dab the half sliced lime or lemon on the spices and rub it on the charred corn.
  6. Enjoy right away!

Notes

How to pick the best Corn on the Cob?

Two simple way to pick the best corn on the cob:

  1. The husk should be green and not yellow.
  2. The husk should be tightly wrapped and shouldn't peel off easy or feel dry.

Don't remove the husk. It keeps the corn fresh for longer. You remove it just before you are ready to use the corn.

Unless you are planning to use the corn in the next few hours, store the corn on cob in the fridge to keep it fresh.

Spiced Grilled Corn - Masala Bhutta
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