Bhutte ka Kees (Indore Style)

Step by StepJump to Recipe

Bhutte ka kees recipe with step by step photos – Bhutte ka kees is a popular as well as delicious street food snack from Indore. This dish is prepared with fresh and tender sweet corn kernels that is first grated and then cooked with fragrant spices and herbs.

bhutte ka kees served in bowl

Bhutta means “corn” and “kees” means “grated”. Actually bhutta is the Hindi word for corn and “kees” is the Marathi word for grated. So the name of the recipe has both the Hindi and Marathi terms.

Some cities in India are famous for their street food and Indore is one of them. One more tasty snack from Indore that you must try is this khatta meetha Indori poha.

For the recipe ideally desi corn is used. But even sweet corn can be used. It is best to serve this savory snack hot. It makes for a nice evening snack during winter. While serving don’t forget to drizzle some lemon juice on top.

Bhutte ke kees is a filling snack, so a small to medium sized bowl can be served. It will keep you full for some time. The recipe is also no onion and no garlic recipe and can be easily scaled to make for more servings.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Bhutte ka Kees

1. Remove the husks from 3 large to medium sized corn cobs. You can use desi corn or sweet corn. Ideally, desi corn is used.

desi corn

2. Now using a grater, grate the corn kernels carefully. Just grate the corn kernels and not the center hard portion.

You can also slice off the corn kernels with a knife and then coarsely grind them in a mixie or grinder.

grate the corn kernels

3. Keep the grated corn kernel aside. Some corn milk will also be there with the grated corn.

grated corn kernels

4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a kadai or pan. Keep the heat to a low and add ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle.

Use any neutral flavored oil.

crackling mustard seeds

5. Then add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and let them also crackle.

crackling cumin seeds

6. Then add 1 teaspoon of finely chopped ginger, 1 green chili (chopped) and 4 to 5 curry leaves (chopped). You can also skip curry leaves if you do not have them. Stir and mix well.

If you want to make the dish spicy then increase the quantity of green chili.

ginger green chili added

7. Next add the following spices:

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder (optional)
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

You can also add ¼ teaspoon of coriander powder if you want.

various spices added

8. Stir and mix again very well. Make sure that the spice powders do not get burnt, so keep the heat to a low.

mix the spices

9. Then add the grated corn along with its milk.

grated corn added

10. Mix very well and begin to saute the corn mixture on a low heat. Also stir often.

saute grated corn kernels

11. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes stirring often.

saute grated corn kernels

12. Then add ½ cup milk. You can also add ½ cup of water instead of milk.

Milk adds to some richness and gives a creamier consistency to the dish.

milk added

13. Stir and mix very well.

mix milk with corn mixture

14. Season with salt as per taste. Mix again. You can also add some sugar if you want.

If using desi corn you can add ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar or as per your preference. For sweet corn, you can skip adding sugar.

salt added

15. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer the corn mixture till it thickens.

simmer the corn mixture

16. In between after 3 to 4 minutes, do check the corn mixture and give a stir. Cover and simmer again.

cooking bhutte ka kees

17. Simmer for 10 to 11 minutes till the mixture has thickened and become slightly dry. Then switch off the heat. As the mixture cools down, it will become more thick.

If you cook the mixture more, it will become more dry and consistency will be upma like. We prefer some moistness, so I do not cook the mixture till upma like consistency.

cooked bhutte ka kees

Serving bhutte ka kees

18. Now spoon the hot bhutte ka kees into serving bowls.

serving bhutte ka kees in bowls

19. Top with some freshly grated coconut.

grated coconut added

20. Then add some chopped coriander leaves. Drizzle some lemon juice for some tang and serve hot. You can also accompany some lemon slices if you want.

bhutte ka kees served in bowl

21. Serve bhutte ka kees immediately.

bhutte ka kees served in bowl


Few more tasty Snacks Recipes for you!

Please be sure to rate the recipe in the recipe card or leave a comment below if you have made it. For more veetarian inspirations, Sign Up for my emails or follow me on Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.

bhutte ka kees recipe

Bhutte ka kees

Bhutte ka kees is a popular as well as delicious street food snack from Indore. It is prepared with fresh and tender sweet corn kernels that is first grated and then cooked with fragrant spices and herbs.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Indian Street Food
Course Snacks
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Difficult
Units

Ingredients

main ingredients

  • 3 medium to large corn cobs – desi corn or sweet corn (bhutta or makai)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 green chili – chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder – optional
  • ¼ teaspoon Coriander Powder – optional
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ cup milk – instead of milk, ½ cup water can be added
  • salt as required

for garnish

  • some grated fresh coconut
  • some chopped coriander leaves
  • lemon juice as required

Instructions
 

preparation for bhutte ka kees

  • Remove the husks from 3 large to medium sized corn cobs.
  • Now using a grater, grate the corn kernels. You can also slice off the corn kernels with a knife and then coarsely grind them in a mixie or grinder.
  • Keep the grated corn kernels aside. Some corn milk will also be there with the grated corn.

making bhutte ka kees

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a kadai or pan. Keep the flame to a low and add ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle.
  • Then add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and let them crackle.
  • Then add 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger, 1 green chili (chopped) and 4 to 5 curry leaves (chopped). You can also skip curry leaves if you do not have them. Mix well.
  • Next add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder (optional) and a pinch of asafoetida. You can also add ¼ teaspoon coriander powder if you want.
  • Mix again very well. Make sure that the spice powders do not get burnt, so keep the flame to a low.
  • Then add the grated corn along with its milk.
  • Mix very well and begin to saute the corn mixture on a low flame for 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Then add ½ cup milk. You can also add ½ cup water instead of milk. Mix very well.
  • Season with salt as per taste. Mix again.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 10 to 11 minutes till the corn mixture thickens and becomes slightly dry.
  • In between after 3 to 4 minutes, do check the corn mixture and give a stir. Cover and simmer again.

Serving bhutte ka kees

  • Now spoon the hot bhutte ka kees in serving bowls.
  • Top with some grated coconut.
  • Then add some chopped coriander leaves. Drizzle some lemon juice and serve hot. you can also accompany some lemon slices if you want.
  • Serve bhutte ka kees immediately.

Notes

  • This recipe can be scaled as per your needs.
  • You can make it spicier by adding more green chilies.

Like what you see?

Stay up to date with new recipes and ideas.

This Bhutte ka kees post from the blog archives first published in January 2017 has been republished and updated on December 2022.

Share This Recipe:

PinWhatsAppPrintShares680

Meet Dassana

Welcome to Dassana's Veg Recipes. I share vegetarian recipes from India & around the World. Having been cooking for decades and with a professional background in cooking & baking, I help you to make your cooking journey easier with my tried and tested recipes showcased with step by step photos & plenty of tips & suggestions.

Get My Secrets to Great Indian Food
Sign up for my FREE Beginners Guide to Delicious Indian Cooking

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. We moderate comments and it takes 24 to 48 hours for the comments to appear. We thank you for your understanding and patience. If you have made the recipe, then you can also give a star rating.

Your Recipe Rating




11 Comments

See More Comments