chilli baby corn

Chilli baby corn is a snack or starter recipe of crispy & spicy pan-fried baby corn. A vegan dish.

This Indo Chinese recipe is a hit with many folks. I usually make chilli baby corn as a side dish when I have a Indo Chinese menu at home.

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chilli baby corn

This chilli baby corn recipe is a crisp version and a semi-dry dish. Its has some moistness, hence I call it semi-dry. There is no gravy and the sauce coats the fried baby corn. I have also shared the recipe of Chilli baby corn gravy.

Usually in any Indo Chinese dish, that has the tag “chilly”, capsicum is always added. I wonder why. Neither its hot nor has any “chilli” factor in it.

When for the first time and even later, as a kid when I had a chilli Chinese dish….there was no capsicum in these dishes at all. Just green chilies… And thats what I would think then, thats these dishes have the tag of chilli, since green chilies are added. But I think I was and am wrong. Even the Goan chilli fry, does not have a great number of chilies. So why the name chilli fry, I wonder.

However, the Indo Chinese chilli dish, does have green chilies and green capsicum (green bell pepper) too. I have not added capsicum. If you want you can add some capsicum. Quantity is mentioned in the recipe details below.

I have Pan fried the batter coated baby corn, as I wanted a lighter and healthier dish. For extra crispness, you can shallow or deep fry the baby corn. you can Serve chilli baby corn as a starter or with bread or even veg fried rice.

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Chilli Baby Corn

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Chilli baby corn recipe is a snack or starter recipe of crispy & spicy pan fried baby corn.
chilli baby corn recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Course:main course,starters
Cuisine:indian,Indo Chinese
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4


(1 CUP = 250 ML)


main ingredients

  • 12 to 15 baby corn
  • ½ inch ginger - finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 green chilies - slit
  • 3 to 4 garlic - finely chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion or spring onions
  • 1 small capsicum - thinly sliced (green bell pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or as required
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider or white vinegar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch (corn flour) to be sprinkled from above
  • salt as required
  • black pepper powder as required
  • sugar as required
  • 2 to 3 teaspoon oil for frying the baby corn
  • 1 tablespoon oil for the sauce

for batter

  • 2 to 3 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon cornstarch (cornflour)
  • water as required to make a thick paste
  • salt and pepper as required


making batter for chilli baby corn

  • Make a smooth paste with the cornflour, all purpose flour (maida), salt, pepper and water.
  • Rinse and dry the baby corn with kitchen towels.
  • Chop the baby corn if they are larger in size or keep them whole if they are smaller.
  • Heat oil on a tava or a frying pan.
  • Dip each baby corn piece in the batter and coat it well with the batter.
  • Pan fry the baby corn till the edges and sides are golden brown.
  • Since we have used less oil, you don't need to drain the babycorn on kitchen napkins.

making chilli baby corn

  • In another pan or kadai or wok, heat about 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add chopped onions or spring onions, ginger, garlic and slit green chilies.
  • Stir fry on a medium flame till the onions have become translucent. 
  • (if adding capsicum, add now. Stir fry till the capsicum have partly cooked but still retain their crunch.)
  • Add the soy sauce and stir well.
  • Now sprinkle black pepper powder, salt and sugar. 
  • Add 2 tbsp water and stir.
  • Add the pan fried baby corn with chopped celery to this mixture. Stir well.
  • To give a glaze and smoothness in the dish, sprinkle about 1 tsp of corn flour. 
  • Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes or more till the corn flour has cooked.
  • Lastly add the apple cider or white vinegar and stir again.
  • Check the seasonings and add salt, pepper or soy sauce if required.
  • Serve the baby corn garnished with some spring onions or chopped celery.
  • You can serve chilli baby corn as a starter or with bread or even veg fried rice.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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61 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassana,
    I tried this yesterday along with two other recipes from your blog ( mushroom biryani and oats dosa). All of these turned out to be yummy .. Dosa was super hit. I’m a big fan of Rawa dosa, but never dared to attempt at home. Your post inspired me to give a try and it was really good.
    Sincere thanks for all your recipes, for inspiration they provide5 stars

    • thank you nagamani for the positive reviews on all the recipes you have tried. so glad to read them. thanks again.
      p.s. you have such a nice name.

  2. Can we bake the babycorn instead of panfrying? Also same query for Manchurian balls… Thanks.

    Am a huge fan of your website..hv religiously followed ur recipes since I started cooking.. My go to blog for everything!

    • yes you can bake both babycorn and manchurian balls. thanks jyotsna for this lovely feedback. happy cooking.

  3. How to make mutton chukka can u share it please…5 stars

    • we do not share non vegetarian recipes. vegrecipesofindia is a vegetarian site and hence we do not make nor share non veg recipes.

  4. Excellent cooks ma’m
    I love cooking the dishes u made
    Awesome!4 stars

    • Thanks Arjun

  5. By 2-3 garlic u mean the small pieces right?4 stars

    • yes 2 to 3 garlic cloves or pieces.

  6. Thanks for this recipe ..
    It turned out very well and my guests were very impressed5 stars

    • pleased to know this thanks for your positive feedback 🙂

  7. can t see any video just 2pics r there when I click on the play button

    • brinelle, i just checked the whole video and the entire video is seen. did you browse from the web or from the app. let me know.

  8. I tried this recipe and it came out really well. My kid just loved it.4 stars

    • thankyou Meetika 🙂

  9. Awesomee tips

  10. easy recipe n delicious too..thanks5 stars

    • thankyou rafat 🙂

  11. I love this dish…… Its really delicious…. Thanks fr d recipr…its easy

    • welcome sayani

  12. Your recipes are awesome and very perfect !!! Thank you so much for sharing such mouth watering recipes. 🙂 🙂

    • welcome ashna

  13. thanks for the recipe. its very clear and good. if possible add the step by step pictures like the other recipes which you have posted in this site.5 stars

    • welcome sahiti. will try to add step by step photos.

      • Exactly… Even I was looking out for step by step pictures.. Anyways I’m going to give it a shot.. Thanks for such great b easy recipes ??

        • thankyou pratiksha and you are welcome 🙂

  14. hi ma’am i m 16 yrs old n i love cooking n ur recipes r amazing , i m enjoying the praises 🙂 thank u ma’am

    • welcome snigdha. glad to know this.

  15. I always follow u r recipes n r really gives me best result . I want to ask u that I have ready made samosa patti from market but I had a problem that while making or folding all r braking . How I do it perfect ly without breaking. ?

    • pradnya, i have also made samosa with store bought patti. but never had any problem. may be quality is not good. you can check the samosa recipe posted in the blog.

  16. Great recipe ! But kindly specify the utensils3 stars

    • thanks raghav. use a wok or kadai or a frying pan.

  17. It’s amazzzzing yaar. Easy to cook receipe4 stars

    • thanks trupti

  18. I really like all your recipes. They are excellent, easy to make, and your instructions are very clear and comprehensive. Good job!

    I am an avid cook myself. Your recipes have been very inspiring and helped me out on many a weekend, when my kids are craving for something different. Thank you very much.

    • welcome seetha. thanks for your kind feedback and appreciation. glad to read a positive feedback from fellow home chef.

  19. amazing!!!!4 stars

  20. Its ws awesm..i have tried a lot of recipes of Dassana. they are always very delicious.
    Thanks:-)5 stars

    • welcome preeti. thanks for sharing positive feedback on recipes.

  21. I tried ….it was really tasty. thanx for your recipe’s.4 stars

    • welcome shubham

  22. yumm..wil try it today..hope it turns to b tasty n yummyy… 🙂

  23. Capsicum in hindi is shimla mirch.
    Mirch in English is chilli.
    That might explain why dishes with green capsisum came to be called chilli this or that.4 stars

    • thanks for sharing your views.

  24. Lovely and simple method4 stars

    • thanks garima

  25. it is so tempting,and by seeing this video today only i have tried and itis so tasty thanks for sharing this video

    • welcome simran

  26. Yummm….got to try it soon. Can I make it a day ahead for a party?3 stars

    • parul, you can make it but the crispiness won’t be there.

  27. I love ur site completely…its so helpful for minor doubts also…wen i visit ur site oll my problems are aolved easily….keep on helping us…thank u…

    • welcome priyanka. good to know that the blog is helping you in cooking. happy cooking.

  28. Good recipe. With little modification came out very well.

  29. Pan frying baby corn is a wonderful idea!!

  30. Looks so tempting.. love it with fried rice

  31. Hi,
    Looks so tempting will surely try today…your videos are helpful, keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

    • thanks rujuta

  32. Baby corn is one food where i need to explore a lot !~ Good pictures!

    • thanks aparna

  33. wow yumm so delicious food right???I love to have it anytime its my all time fav.