Rinse and dry the baby corn with kitchen towel. Chop the baby corn in halves if they are larger in size or keep them whole if they are smaller.
Prep the spring onions, garlic, green chillies, ginger, capsicum and set aside.
Make a smooth and medium thick batter with the cornstarch (cornflour), all purpose flour, salt, pepper and water.
Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan.
Dip each baby corn piece in the batter and coat it well with the batter.
Gently place the batter coated baby corn pieces in the hot oil.
When one side firms up and is crispy, light golden, turn over and fry the second side.
Fry the baby corn till the edges and sides are golden brown turning over a couple of times with a slotted spoon
Place the fried baby corn on kitchen paper towels.
In another pan or frying pan or wok, heat about 1 tablespoon oil. Or you could use the same pan that was used for frying the baby corn - keeping 1 tablespoon oil in it, remove the remaining oil with a spoon.
Add chopped spring onions, ginger, garlic and slit green chilies.
Stir fry on a medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
Now add the sliced capsicum (green bell pepper). If you do not have capsicum, you can skip it
Stir-fry on medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes until the capsicum is half cooked. It should have some crunch.
Lower the heat to medium and add the soy sauce, sweet green chilli sauce or sweet red chilli sauce. Mix well.
Now sprinkle black pepper powder, salt and sugar. Mix again.
Making Chilli Baby Corn
Add the fried baby corn. Gently mix with the rest of the ingredients. You could stop here if you prefer a highly crispy and crunchy baby corn texture. But if you want a smooth glazed sauce coating on the baby corn then proceed to the following steps.
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water and mix again.
To give a glaze and smoothness in the dish, sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of cornstarch (cornflour).
Mix well and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or more till the cornstarch has cooked.
Add the apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar and stir again.
Lastly add the chopped green springs greens and give a mix.
Check the taste and add salt, pepper or soy sauce if required.
Serve the baby corn garnished with some spring onion greens or chopped celery.
You can serve chilli baby corn as a starter snack or with bread or as a side with stir fried noodles or fried rice.
In the video I have pan fried the baby corn in less oil to make the dish healthy. However you can choose to either pan fry, shallow fry or deep fry.
The recipe can be scaled to make a big batch.
You can easily swap rice vinegar with apple cider vinegar or skip adding vinegar altogether if you don't like it.
In place of spring onions you can use regular onions like red onion, white onions or shallots.
You can alter the spicing according to your taste by altering the amount of green chillies, ginger, garlic and the chilli sauce.
I suggest serving this dish as soon as it's made for the best taste and flavor.