Movies would have been so incomplete without a tub of popcorn and beach walks wouldn’t have been joyous without the freshly roasted, lemon-chilli slathered bhuttas and even baarish would have been so bland without munching onto the juicy and chatpata corn bhel or steamed corn. Isn’t it? Corn is a cereal grain, also known as maize, derived from the native Taino word referring to the ‘sacred mother’ or the ‘giver of life.’ Most of us just know about its toothsome sweet taste. However, let me tell you that corn's taste depends on the stage in which it’s harvested. Hence, if it's harvested earlier it'll be sweeter. However, the more mature corn will have a starchy interior.
All said and done, corn can never go out of fashion. Nothing beats the feeling of witnessing the smoky flavour of the buttery corn-on-the-cob amidst the monsoon drizzle. So, don't you think it's the perfect time to gather all the uber cool corn recipes together to have a lip-smacking feast? After all, there is so much fun in exploring this cereal grain which makes us go crazy for!
So, before you admit to the fact that you know it all, here are some corny facts for you:
An average corn cob has 800 kernels aligned in 16 rows and there is always an even number of rows on each cob.
Besides yellow, corn is available in a variety of colours – black, bluish-grey, purple, green, red and white!
There are approximately 3,500 ways in which corn can be used both in edible and non-edible forms. From chewing gums, marshmallows, baby food, salad dressings, cooking oil and more to crayons, cosmetics, ink, paper, batteries and the likes.
One acre of corn can eliminate 8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air. Seems to be the perfect buddy for humans, isn’t it?
The tallest stalk to have set a world record measured nearly about 33 feet.
Juices and popular soft drinks contain corn sweeteners. You'll be surprised to know that a bushel of corn can sweeten about 400 cans of soft drink. That’s huge!
And now it’s time for some yummylicious corn recipes that would just be perfect for that special movie marathon at home. Don’t forget to miss the monsoon view outside!
The entire world’s wonder is stored in these adorable canapes with colourful and nutrient rich vegetables. Stay rest assured that it doesn’t need much prepping. It’ll catch all the limelight when served to your loved ones.
Quick Corn Curry
This is the easiest and yummiest way to get that comforting lunch or dinner done within minutes. Pair it with steamed rice and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Who said pancakes can just be sweet? When it can have a twist and can taste out of this world! Try these lovely Corn Pancakes and get transported instantly to food heaven!
Popcorn Crunch Sundae
If you thought that all these feasts were the best from the rest, then you are yet to change your mind. As this one will melt your heart in a jiffy. Be careful! it might make you ditch the salty popcorn you’d adored all this while.
The classic, just as it should be! This will surely make you sing ‘corn hai jo sapno main aaya!’ Don’t believe it? Try it and tell me later. I’d be glad to witness your joy.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.