Stir-Fried Corn w/ Basil & Leeks

This is the first year we got corn in the farm share!  When these guys arrived I was reminded of a very simple stir-fried corn recipe my mother would make for me flavored with just cumin seed, black pepper, lemon and cilantro.  These particular ingredients together give you a nice mix of sweet, spicy, herby and sour.  I believe this recipe was one she grew up eating in Bangalore and was known in our house as corn palya (palya = stir-fry in Kannada).  You really don’t need to add much to the corn because it’s already so flavorful.

Nothing is more exciting than ripping open the first corn of summer!

Growing up, we’d eat corn two ways: either roasted straight on the fire or shaved off the cob and stir-fried.

I adapted my mother’s recipe slightly by using the basil and leeks I got this week.  They gave the corn a nice herby and earthy flavor that went really well with the lemon.

Enjoy your summer corn and if you are grilling, I also have this recipe for grilled garam masala corn from my buddy Oscar.
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  • Lorena Angell

    Thanks for the recipe! I love tasting the flavor combinations of different cultures. I’ll certainly give this one a try.

  • Matthew @ My Little Eye Surgery

    Oh man, I completely burned this today. I really hope it’ll go well tomorrow!

    • Chitra

      Oh no! Just have to keep an eye on it because the corn cooks quite fast. Let me know if you have any questions on the recipe and hope the next time turns out well for you:)

  • Archana@FeedingTheFoodie

    I can’t get enough of corn.. both this and the garam masala recipes sound great. Gotto get my fill before summer is over.

  • ZeeKhana Khazana

    I am more than happy to see corn cobs variety after long time. It is so easy that anybody can prepare it within no time. I am hungry to have it as breakfast recipes and rushing to kitchen for the same.