grilled spicy sweet corn


Nik Sharma

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Indian style grilled spicy sweet corn bhuta

People evolve and grow over time and so do blogs, it was definitely time for a much needed facelift! I hope thing are working as smoothly and efficiently as possible but if you come across any glitches, I would really appreciate if you could shoot me a quick email or drop a comment so I can fix it. I’ve also added some new links and stuff like a new Photography Portfolio so please do check that out. There will be some more updates in the future, so stay tuned!

sweet corn

Enough said about hosts and domains, let’s get back to more important things, THE FOOD! I cooked up some sweet corn for you and this is my all time favorite way to eat it! Grilled on the cob and lathered with fresh lime juice along with a simple seasoning of sea salt and hot dried chilies, it’s quick and easy and good. This is exactly the way you would get corn on the cob in Bombay during hot summers with one difference, it’s called “bhuta”. I picked up these bicolored corn cobs at the Mountain View Farmer’s Market, which has quickly become one of my favorite places to shop at in the Bay Area. Plus, Mountain View is also gorgeous with beautiful gardens and homes, so it’s always awesome to drive out there.  

chili and sea salt for sweet corn

If you can’t find Kashmiri chilies (a local Indian/International grocery store will carry them), use any other dried hot chili pepper you love to prepare the spice rub. Serve the cob hot!

Indian style grilled sweet corn bhuta

grilled spicy sweet corn

yields: 4 corn cobs


2 generous tablespoons kosher sea salt

3 dried Kashmiri chilies or 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (you can adjust the amount of chili as per your taste preference)

4 sweet corn cobs, husk and silk removed, cleaned

2 limes, fresh

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, chopped  (*optional)


1. Grind the salt and chilies in a spice grinder to get a fine powder. Transfer to a small bowl and keep aside until ready to use

2. Grill the corn cob directly on a hot grill. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes or until the kernels begin to take on a shiny golden color and a light char and then rotate until the cob is completely cooked. Remove the corn and keep aside on a platter.

2. Halve the limes with a sharp knife. Dip the exposed, cut end of the lime half into the chili-salt mix. Then using the lime as a brush, lightly paint the hot grilled corn cob with the spice mix. You don’t need to overdo the brushing as a little will go a long way here. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. Serve hot and immediately.

22 Responses

  1. There’s just something about the glorious combination of corn and spice! I’m so intrigued by those chilies, I must find them.. Your new site is gorgeous! Congratulations Nik!

  2. It is all about evolving and you’ve do so beautifully with this new design! Love grilled corn especially when it has a bit of spice.

  3. Ahhh, this looks so amazing! I love anything that’s both spicy and sweet, and this corn sounds like the perfect combo. And love the new look!!!

  4. Beautiful food, beautiful blog! Nothing gives me more pleasure than sitting & scouring beautiful sites like yours Nik. It was already stunning, but loving it better already!

    1. Thank you so much, Alice! I’m really happy you like the new look, I plan to add a few more things soon.

  5. Love the new look Nik. And guess what even we had grilled corn with butter, lemon, salt and red chilli powder brushed on top this weekend….It was the perfect balance of spice and sweetness from the corn. I shud try your version with kashmiri dry chilli and limes.

  6. Love the new look!! Congrats on the big move. (Was it terribly difficult? I’ve been wanting to switch platforms too but I’m scared!) 😀

    This corn look scrumptious! My stomach is going to be murmuring all night long.

    1. Thank you so much, Valerie! I’ll be honest, it wasn’t hard but it also wasn’t easy but I don’t have a background in this stuff, so it could also just be me. If you need help, I’ll be glad to help out based on what I know. I am considering writing a post to share my experience so others might benefit.

  7. Ohhh Mountain View! That’s so close to my hometown–I’m lusting after that farmer’s market right now. The ones in Houston aren’t nearly as good. I’ll have to visit when I’m back!

    Also, I LOVE the new layout!!! It’s so beautiful. Works like a charm for me so far, but I’ll let you know if I find any bugs 🙂

    AND THIS CORN. Would you believe I haven’t grilled a single ear of corn yet this summer?? This must change. I love the fresh, vibrant sound of this lime + chile combination!

    1. Thanks, Erika, I’m really happy you like the new look. You need to visit in summer so we can go and eat all the corn in Mountain view 🙂 It was really cheap and so tasty.

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