Masala Corn Recipe

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A recipe as simple and quick, yet nutritious and tasty, as this is quite rare. Masala Corn can be that ultimate dish that you can munch on, without any guilt, as an evening snack or pair as a side dish with your lunch and dinner meals. All you have to do for this is to steam or boil the corn, put it in a mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients one after the other. Mix it up and voila! You have the Masala Corn Recipe that can become a favorite of one and all, in the very first bite!

masala corn served in a glass bowl with text layover.

About Masala Corn

Before I give you some details on this Masala Corn Recipe, this Corn Recipes compilation is what you must not miss at any cost, if you are also a corn lover, just like me!

Now, on to this particular recipe of Masala Corn – corn kernels, butter, some basic ground spice, lemon juice, some dried and fresh herbs and salt – and you’re done!

So, quite obvious from the above ingredient trail, this Masala Corn is an easy-peasy and scrumptious recipe for keeps. This is also the best way you can enjoy corn anytime you crave for a spicy, tangy snack.

You can also opt to make this Masala Corn Recipe for your home binge-watching series and movie days. It is a really healthy way of snacking and you can even eat a little bit more, without having to go through the guilt as compared to snacking on fried foods and other similar snacks.

Another perfect time to indulge in this Masala Corn is during the monsoon season. I mean the love-affair between corn and rains is proven.

Imagine enjoying the drizzle outside with a side of petrichor and a bowl of this lovely warm, spiced and tangy corn dish. Isn’t it heavenly, already?

More On My Recipe

For the Masala Corn Recipe, the corn should ideally be hot or warm. It should not be at room temperature or cold. So, when I make it, I steam the corn on cobs in the pressure cooker and while they are still lightly hot or warm , remove the kernels from it. Then, put it in a bowl, mix with all the spices, herbs and seasonings, and serve immediately.

Like I said earlier, corn is a favorite for most of us during the rainy season. Even at my home, everyone lies to have corn snacks at this time of the year.

So, along with the Masala Corn, I also often make the Corn Chaat, Corn Pakoda and the Buttered Corn during the monsoons. It is a loved snack of kids and adults alike.

Another classic way of having corn during the monsoon season is to just roast the corn on cob on direct flame on the stovetop. Then, rub it with a slice of lemon and smear some red chili powder and black salt all over it. This is such a yummy preparation that we all love it.

This Masala Corn is not a specific recipe as such, but just how I go about in making it. You can always add your choice of less or more ingredients in it and come up with even more unique and tasty variations.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Masala Corn

Preparation

1. Steam or pressure cook 1 medium to large corn on cob. You can steam 1 medium to large sweet corn on cob in a steamer or a stovetop pressure cooker or in an Instant Pot.

If pressure cooking, then pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles in 1.5 cups water in a 2 or 3 litre stovetop pressure cooker. You can also use 1 cup of tinned/canned corn kernels.

When the pressure falls naturally on its own in the cooker, then only open the lid. Remove the steamed corn cob with a pair of tongs and set aside.

steamed corn on cobs for masala corn recipe.

2. When the corn on cob is still lightly hot or warm, slice off the kernels from the cob. You should be able to handle the heat.

If not, then wait till the corn on cob becomes warm. Be careful while slicing the kernels. You will need about 1 cup corn kernels.

kernels sliced from corn on cobs for masala corn recipe.

3. Take the corn kernels in a mixing bowl.

steamed corn kernels added in a bowl for masala corn recipe.

Make Masala Corn

4. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons butter. The heat or warmth of the corn kernels will begin to melt the butter. Instead of butter, you can also use olive oil.

butter added to steamed corn kernels for masala corn recipe.

5. Mix the melted butter very well with the corn kernels. Alternatively, you can melt the butter and add to the corn kernels.

butter mixed well with the steamed corn kernels.

6. Now, add ½ teaspoon red chili powder, ½ teaspoon chaat masala, ¼ teaspoon dried oregano and 2 to 3 teaspoons chopped coriander leaves.

You can also add your choice of dried herbs and ground spices.

red chili powder, chaat masala, dried oregano and chopped coriander leaves added to the corn kernels.

7. Also, add 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Mix very well.

adding lemon juice to the bowl.

8. Next, add black salt or regular salt as required.

black salt added to the bowl.

9. Mix once again, very well. Check the taste and add more red chilli powder, lemon juice or chaat masala, if needed.

ingredients mixed well to make masala corn.

10. Serve Masala Corn immediately.

masala corn served in a glass bowl with text layover.

Expert Tips

  1. As far as possible, use fresh corn on cob to make this recipe. If you don’t at all have the access to it, you may prepare this dish with 1 cup of canned/tinned sweet corn kernels.
  2. Use a steamer or pressure cooker or Instant Pot to cook the corn on cobs. If cooking in the pressure cooker, pressure cook the corn cob with 1.5 cups water in a 2 or 3 litre stovetop pressure cooker for 2 to 3 whistles.
  3. Slice off the kernels while the corn on cobs are still lightly hot or warm. In case you are unable to, wait for a while till the cobs become warm and then remove the kernels from them.
  4. You can make the dish vegan by using olive oil in place of butter. The dish can also be made without the butter.
  5. When using butter, you can also melt the butter separately, then add it to the corn kernels and mix.
  6. Spices and lemon juice can be altered as per your taste likings.
  7. If you want to get a rustic mouth feel in the dish, try by charring the corn on cobs on an open flame or sauté in some butter or ghee, and then making this dish with it.
  8. You can increase the recipe proportionally.

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masala corn recipe

Masala Corn Recipe

This Masala Corn recipe is simple and quick, yet nutritious and tasty. Enjoy a warm bowl as a snack or brunch or as a side with your meals.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine Indian
Course Snacks
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 2
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels or 1 medium to large corn cob – steamed
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons Butter (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder or add as per taste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon lemon juice or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala or add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano or add as required
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chopped coriander leaves
  • black salt or regular salt as required

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Steam or pressure cook 1 medium to large corn cob. You can steam the corn cob in a steamer or a pressure cooker. 
  • If pressure cooking, then pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles with 1.5 cups water in a 2 to 3 litre stovetop cooker.
    Instead of fresh corn, you can also use 1 cup of canned or tinned corn kernels.
  • When the corn cob is still lightly hot or warm, slice off the corn kernels from the cob. You should be able to handle the heat. 
  • If not, then wait till the corn cob becomes warm. Be careful while slicing the corn kernels. You will need about 1 cup of corn kernels.

Making masala corn

  • Take the corn kernels in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 2 to 3 teaspoons butter. The heat or warmth of the corn kernels will begin to melt the butter. Instead of butter you can also use olive oil.
  • Mix the melted butter very well with the corn kernels. Alternatively, you can melt the butter and add to the corn.
  • Now add all the spices and seasonings – red chilli powder, lemon juice, chaat masala, dried oregano, chopped coriander leaves and black salt or regular salt as required.
  • Mix very well. 
  • Check the taste and add more chilli powder, lemon juice, chaat masala if required.
  • Remove in a bowl and serve Masala Corn immediately.

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Notes

  1. Recipe can be increased proportionally.
  2. Add spices and lemon juice as per your taste preferences.
  3. Instead of butter, olive oil can be added or butter can be skipped completely.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Masala Corn Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 1324mg58%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 321IU6%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 3µg3%
Calcium 11mg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 30µg8%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 12mg3%
Phosphorus 42mg4%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Masala Corn recipe post from the archives first published in August 2016 has been republished and updated on November 2022.

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5 from 14 votes (13 ratings without comment)

5 Comments

  1. I just made this recipe. It was just awesome.thanks a lot .kids loved it.I also tried corn sandwich. It was great.

    1. Welcome Vidya. Thanks for sharing positive feedback on masala corn recipe.