Sweet Corn Bhel is a tremendous no-cook snack variation from the regular bhel we find on the streets of India. This sweet corn bhel is extremely quick and easy to make. It gives a burst of tang and zest to your tongues.
This bhel recipe has more to offer than the roasted sweet corn you eat from the street vendors. There is a promising delight for you with this corn bhel. You will get loads of flavours and an enjoyable experience.
It is perfect for everyone but most of all, for the kids. Besides, it is one of the best ways to make the kids eat vegetables.
What is Bhel?
In general, bhel is a quick street snack, including puffed rice as the main ingredient. It also consists of vegetables and a tangy tamarind sauce and has a crunchy texture. They range in flavours from sweet, savoury, sour to tangy.
Bhel is a very famous chaat all over India and is available in different varieties. But most of all, it is consumed on the Chowpaty beach of Mumbai as “Bhelpuri”. Hence it is also considered beach food.
Bhel comes in two types-one is sukhi or dry bhel, and another is wet bhel. However, we call this simply bhel and not as geeli bhel. The only difference between these is that dry bhel does not consist of chutneys or liquid sauces. In general, dry bhel consists of fewer ingredients.
This sweet corn is a nice change to it and something fresh. The best part is that it will be ready in a snap of your fingers. It is that quick!
Corn is certainly one of the most versatile food products we have. Boiled and roasted, it has been used in salads, soups, snacks, and even maggie noodles. So this is one more significant result of its versatility.
Ingredients For Sweet Corn Bhel
The ingredients we need to prepare this dish are readily available in your pantry. Hence, whenever you feel like something filling yet light, you will have everything on hand to make this.
- Corn – The base ingredient in this recipe. Choose the one with larger kernels and juicy ones. The sweetness in the bhel will be from the natural sweetness of the corn.
- Water – This will be for boiling the corn and nothing else.
- Vegetables – Cucumber, onions, and tomato are the vegetables we are using in the bhel. They go well together. And a little bit of chopped coriander to top it all up. Generally, boiled potatoes are also used in bhel, but we are omitting that. So it is up to you if you want to have that.
- Spices – Salt, red chilli powder, red pepper powder we are using here. It will give a great flavour burst. You can add some other spices if you like.
- Lemon Juice & Chaat Masala – Both of these are for some extra tanginess and fun for your taste buds.
Some more ingredients like pomegranate seeds, sev, and Bundi are also added to make this bhel irresistible for your senses. Pomegranate will also add to the natural sweetness.
Preparing Sweet Corn Bhel
Making this bhel is super easy and quick. As we mentioned before, it is a no-cook recipe. So the only cooking here will be boiling the sweet corn.
To do that, take a deep vessel, add water, sweet corn, and boil it till soft. Once boiled, drain the hot water, peel off the corn.
Now, all you need to do is, in a large bowl, add corns, all the vegetables, spices, pomegranate, and the remaining ingredients. Then, give them an excellent mixing.
Lastly, squeeze the lemon juice and sprinkle chaat masala. Mix thoroughly once again. And it is done! See how easy it was!
You can endlessly experiment with this recipe with different ingredients. You can even add puffed rice and crush papdi like in the classic bhel recipe—a nice crunch in your mouth. Raw mango, if available, will make an excellent addition to this recipe. It will enhance the tanginess in the bhel.
Add chutneys and sauces if you want to have wet bhel and make it more flavoursome.
Go ahead and treat your taste buds with this beautiful chaat.
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