Indian Roasted Corn on the cob – Street style Butta or Bhutta Recipe with lime juice, red chili powder, ground cumin and chaat masala. Easy BBQ side. Summer corn recipe.
Masala Butta or Spiced fire roasted corn on the cob is a favorite street snack in India when corn is in season. Street vendors roast the corn on coal fire or open grill, use a lime to rub in the Indian spices and serve it hot. People can be seen walking around with the corn in hand.
The spices can range from just salt + cayenne/red chili powder, to one or all of the following spice additions like ground cumin, chaat masala (recipe can also be found in my book), kala namak (Indian black salt) or Amchur (dry mango powder). Or rub Mint cilantro chutney all over! Try this favorite spiced corn for Labor day!
In the below picture, the front corn has been rubbed with the spices.
More Indian Potluck or Barbecue Snacks/side
- Roasted Masala Chickpeas
- Cucumber Tomato finger Sandwiches with Mint cilantro chutney
- Cumin spiced Crackers
- Masala Mac and cheese
Indian Roasted Corn on the cob - Street style Butta or Bhutta recipe
- 4 or 5 ears of corn/butta preferably white
- 1 lime sliced into half and seeds removed
- 1 tsp or more cayenne/red chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp (1.5 tsp) or more salt
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) cumin powder
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) or more chaat masala recipe can be found in my cookbook, kala namak (Indian black salt), or amchoor (dry mango powder)
- Remove the corn husk and strings from the corn.
- Roast the corn on the grill or open gas flame (gas stove) at medium high heat. Move it around every 30 seconds or so, so the corn gets roasted evenly. You will hear some kernels pop. All the kernels will blacken to varying degrees.
- Mix all the spices in a bowl. Use a half lime to dip in the spice mix to pick up the spices and rub all over the corn, making sure to squeeze lime juice while doing so.
- Serve hot!
- For variation: Rub Mint cilantro chutney all over.
Where do you get the Indian non sweet corn variety in US ? I miss the non- sweet corn.
the white corn in husks in stores is non-sweet.
Tastes just like the corn we had from a little market In Pondicherry. Delicious!
Yammi …I lv this recipee
Whoa, I have to try this! I love grilled roasted corn, but I don’t own a grill myself. I wonder if I could try roasting corn over my gas stove? I know you mentioned an “open gas flame” in the recipe. I’m not sure if a stovetop will work, but I think I’m going to give it a go!
i grill mine on the stove gas flame!
my favorite indian street food is shakarghandi!! (the yams.. dont know how to spell it haha)
Lovely! My culture rubs similar spices to roasted corn, too.
Samantha @ The Planted Vegan
What an awesome flavor combination! Can’t wait to try this recipe out this Labor Day weekend!