Buttered Masala Sweet Corn

June 8, 2013mayurisjikoni
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What is Buttered Masala Sweet Corn?

Buttered Masala Sweet Corn is one of the easiest snacks to prepare. Its simply sweet corn that is boiled or steamed mixed with butter and spices. Can you use canned sweet corn to make this snack? Yes you can, just warm it up in a microwave oven or in a pan. When sweet corn is in season I prefer to buy the sweet corn, boil it and keep the kernels ready in the fridge to prepare a quick and healthy snack. Better than fried snacks.

Salted or Unsalted Butter?

The choice is yours, use whichever one you have at home as you can easily adjust the amount of salt added to the snack. I have made this snack using Olive Oil, it doesn’t taste bad but I still crave for the buttery one.

I love Sweet Corn

Whenever sweet corn is in season, I like to use it practically everyday in different dishes. I’ve added sweet corn to cornbread and it tastes delicious. A Black Bean and Corn Salad makes a wonderful light meal with a few tortilla chips. To ward off the cold I love to make Corn Potato Cheddar Soup. Add it to your toasted sandwich like a spinach paneer corn sandwich which I serve with a simple salad or soup. From the Swahili Cuisine, my all time favorite is corn coconut curry (makai ya nazi). Needless to say, Corn Curry features on our menu often during the corn season.

First Taste of Buttered Masala Corn

Don’t get me wrong, during the corn season my mum would boil the corn in salted water, slather butter over it and we’d enjoy it with melted butter trickling through our fingers down to our arms. Messy, but so enjoyable. However, sweet corn kernels with butter and spices served in a little paper cup was enjoyed for the first time in Bangalore at PVR Cinema, Forum Mall when I went to watch a movie with my daughter. The hot corn with pepper and drizzled with lemon juice was so delicious. I had to go a second round during interval. After a few months visit to London and get to enjoy Buttered Corn with pepper and lemon again.  BroadWalk Mall near my dad’s home has a small stall selling sweet corn with your choice of spices.

What Spices Can Be Added?

The choice is yours. Butter and Lemon or Lime juice is always there. Its the change in spices that makes it into a different snack. Here are some suggestions:

  • pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • paprika powder
  • garam masala
  • ready made chat masala (mixture of tangy spices)
  • cajun spice mix
  • Italian herb mix
  • Lime Coconut mixture
  • Honey and Chill Flakes
  • Parmesan and dried herbs of your choice
  • Chilli, cilantro and cheese
  • Honey and Cinnamon

What is Masala?

When people from the Indian Sub Continent refer to masala it usually means a spice or a mixture of spices. The word masala before a dish name or food ingredient would indicate that it contains one or several spices.

Kernels or Corn on the Cob?

It really doesn’t matter how you serve buttered sweet corn, kernels only or in the cob form. The spices suggested can be used for both. For corn on the cob the hot boiled corns are served immediately with butter and other toppings of your choice. You may want to check out how my friend Preethi serves  spiced parmesan cheese corn.

What is the group all about?

Buttered Masala Sweet Corn is my all time favourite snack to go to whenever I feel hungry in between meals. Sometimes I replace the butter with little olive oil. While the recipe remains the same, I’ve updated the writing and photos.

Contributing this recipe to the Group called Foodies_Redoing Old Posts which is Renu’s baby. This group encourages food bloggers to visit their old forgotten posts and breathe a new life into them either by changing the photos, the write up or both. However, the recipes remain the same. If you are a food blogger and need a push to revive your lost posts then this group is just the right one for you.

My buttered masala sweet corn

My preparation is pretty simple using just two spices, red chili powder and pepper powder. However, you can play around with spices of your choice and make the sweet corn snack according to your taste or your family’s preference.

Dietary Tips:

  • Its good for a satvik diet as it contains no garlic or onion.
  • For vegan version, replace butter with oil, or vegan butter.
  • Its gluten free.

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2 Servings

2 cups cooked sweet corn kernels
2 tsp butter
½ tsp pepper powder
½ tsp salt
½ to 1 tsp red chilli powder or chilli flakes
1 to 2 tbsp lemon/lime juice

  1. Heat the butter in a pan over gentle heat. You don’t want it to get burnt.
  2. When it melts, add the corn and stir.
  3. When the corn becomes hot add the salt, pepper, lemon juice and chilli flakes or powder.
  4. Mix well and serve immediately.
  • Make sure the sweet corn is fresh and milky. Dried ones or hard ones do not taste good.
  • Can use frozen sweet corn.
  • Can make this snack in the microwave oven.

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  • namrata

    June 12, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Oooooh! Now I can make it at home! 🙂

    1. hem lata srivastava

      February 3, 2020 at 10:49 am

      Its my all time favorite snack and this looks so fresh and yummy

      1. mayurisjikoni

        February 3, 2020 at 8:55 pm

        Thank you Hem Lata, I used fresh sweet corn.

  • Mayuri's jikoni

    June 13, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Yes nami, its not difficult at all.If you want a quick snack, open canned corn or use frozen corn.

  • Swati

    January 28, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful gorgeous clicks Mayuriji!! Sweet corn is hot favorite at my place and all four of us can enjoy this snack anytime of day.. loved all the seasoning options that you have specified in your post.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 28, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you so much Swaty, its a favorite of mine too.

    2. amrita

      January 30, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Buttered masala corn is a quick recipe and I love it anytime. It’s a very good evening or after school snack …

      1. mayurisjikoni

        January 31, 2020 at 7:13 pm

        That’s so true Amrita, I keep boiled sweet corn ready to enjoy with lemon, salt and pepper or chili… cannot add butter everyday 🙂

  • Superduperkitchen -Niranjana Sankaranarayanan

    January 30, 2020 at 6:56 am

    Buttered sweet corn is always my fav. Your pics make me to crave for this. They look so colourful and tempting.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 31, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you so much Niranjana.

  • Pavani

    February 2, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    What a simple, healthy and delicious snack that is. Butter makes the sweet corn so much better 🙂 Love all your topping ideas.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 3, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much Pavani.

  • Jolly

    February 2, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Those masala sweet corns are my favourite at my home and it looks so inviting. It’s been a while i made them and i loved the idea of using coriander to give beautiful look to the whole dish. Beautiful clicks 😊

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 3, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly and coriander also adds a refreshing taste.

  • Lata Lala

    February 3, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Masala corn is such a wonderful snack to munch on. The butter, lemon juice and spices work wonders to this humble corn. Moreover this is so filling and nutritious too.
    Wonderful share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 3, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much Lata, yes it is a perfect snack.

  • blessmyf🍎🍏dbypayal

    February 4, 2020 at 6:23 am

    That’s such an easy and amazing snack. Love to have them this way. The recipe is very easy and simple, yet flavourful.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 5, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you so much Shailender, I totally agree it is an amazing snack.

  • poonampagar

    February 4, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Who can resist a bowl of buttered masala sweetcorn ? Your beautiful pics are making it all the more desirable .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 5, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Poonam.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    February 4, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    I first tasted this delicious buttered corn in India and ever since then became a big fan of it. I love how simple and quick this is to make and so healthy as well. My boys love this as the after school snack.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 5, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks you so much Sandhya, I too tasted it for the first time in India.

  • Sandhya

    February 5, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Love masala corn Mayuri and your photos are warming me up thinking of warm summer days. Great share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 5, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks Sandhya, never thought of yellow corn reminding one of warmth from sunlight.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    February 5, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Imagine the comfort of corn for after school, best p art i love is your suggestions s o I can make one for each day ..still so many choices. As8ll time favorite still will be this buttered masala one.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 5, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Seema, yes cannot beat the comforting taste of the buttered sweet corn.

      1. Geetha

        February 6, 2020 at 1:18 am

        Buttered corn has been my go to evening snack ever since the very first time I tried in India. Loved the topping options, with so many options I really need not be stressed to plan a quick healthy snack to munch on.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        February 6, 2020 at 2:59 pm

        Thanks Geetha, enjoy the different toppings.

  • Anshu

    February 7, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Wow! Sweet corn has always been our family favorite. And some butter and masala greatly satiates our chatpata Indian taste buds. Must say, beautiful clicks!! I am so tempted to make it today only….

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 7, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you so much Anshu. Hope you enjoy your buttered sweet corn.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    February 7, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    I have to make buttered masala corn since ages but I just keep on forgetting it. Have even bought some but they are lying in freezer. Your pics are reminding me to do this soon. Thanks for the recipe, I generally just add butter and masala to the boiled ones, but never followed the method of lightly pan frying it. Would try this, as I am sure it would add to the taste.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks Renu, also pan fry it as sometimes the corn gets cold, especially if I’ve made a huge batch of boiled corn.

  • Lathiskitchen

    February 10, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    I love this quick snack. Healthy and easy with butter flavor.
    its been long time I made this

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 11, 2020 at 11:19 am

      Thank you so much Lathiya, I made this as a starter for a party I hosted and everyone said the same thing.. they were having it after a long time.

  • namscorner18

    February 11, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    This is one the simple and easy recipe. I love this from Street side shops and your pictures are tempting a lot. Perfect snacks in raining season .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 18, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks Narmadha, since I’ve started making it at home, I don’t buy from the street stalls.

  • jayashreetrao

    February 12, 2020 at 10:20 am

    This is a quick and easy snack to prepare and serve in the evenings. Love this one.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 18, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree, its definitely a healthy and enjoyable snack.

  • Shalgam Gosht

    January 21, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you very much your blog is very useful. Nice post please share some new ideas and write a post on the Shalgam Gosht recipe that will save time with easy and tasty.

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