Rainy Season Brings Pleasure and Happiness with the Drops Falling from Heaven.
The monsoon is heartily welcomed by everyone, as the season brings relief from summer months. The climate is cold and the tongue needs some hot and spicy. If anything truly defines the flavour of Indian monsoons, it is this bhutta.
The bhutta (Corn) season is officially on. We would grill a corn on the cob apply ghee, salt and lemon juice and eat. Its tangy salty charred taste was satiating and thoroughly enjoyable in the rainy season. Though corn is a summer crop, it is mostly relished in rains.
And come to think of it, it is perfect for the season too. It’s definitely a far better bet than the fried samosas and bhajias that we tend to veer towards when it rains, plus, you’ll be surprised to know just how nutrient-packed it really is.
Corn is rich in pantothenic acid, thiamine and niacin. A good source of folic acid, vitamin C and beta-carotene, it also contains phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and iron copper and selenium in traces.
All these nutrients, help prevent heart disease. It increases your mental ability and boosts your memory, as it contains thiamine. Consuming corn also helps lower cholesterol and prevents colon cancer. You can add corn to your diet. This tiny food is loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals, which helps improve eye health. A cob of corn has about the same number of calories as an apple and less than one-fourth the sugar. In other words, it can be one of the healthier foods. Apart from these benefits, your favourite monsoon snack Corn is a great source of fibre that aids in digestion. Add a cup of yellow corn to your diet, to fill your body with 3.6 grams of dietary fibre. This fibre will help control your hunger and aid in weight loss.
Quick Ideas To Serve: Besides corn on the cob that can be relished roasted or steamed, try corn bhel, grilled corn sandwiches, corn patties, corn samosas and baked corn too.
Feeling adventurous? Whip up corn biryani, corn frankies and corn spring roles. Or maybe you can have a homemade pizza today with lots of corn sprinkled on top.
Too lazy? Just toss steamed corn kernels in an olive oil-salt-pepper-herbs dressing and bite in as you watch rain go pitter patter on the window shields.
1. Grilled or Roasted Bhutta
Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 5
5 ears of corn with stems
1/2 Teaspoon of salt
1 Teaspoon of chilli powder
1/2 Teaspoon of black pepper powder
1 lemon cut in quarters
1 Teaspoon of butter/ghee optional
Grill the cob on a stove top on a medium flame. Keep turning to cook on all sides. The secret of grilling lies in cooking evenly until lightly charred but not burnt.
Melt the butter/ghee and apply. After it is done mix salt, chilli powder, pepper powder, lemon juice and apply to the cob.
Today the grilled bhutta in its modern avatar has changed a lot. Special dressings are available – from mustard sauce to Chinese Schezwan sauce and cheese but nothing beats the age old bhutta topping of simple salt, chilli powder and tangy lemon.
2. Corn Bhel
Preparation Time : 25minutes
Cooking Time : 15 minutes
Serves : 4
1 large chopped corn kernels
1 cup roasted peanuts
1 large chopped tomato
1 large chopped onion
1/2 inch cubes, 2 medium boiled Potatoes
1 teaspoon chaat masala
3-4 chopped green chillies
2 tablespoons Green chutney
2 tablespoons Sweet tamarind chutney
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt to taste
Chopped fresh coriander leaves
Sev to garnish
Boil corn kernels. Drain and remove excess water. This bhel can be made with hot or cold corn kernels.
In bowl, mix corn kernels, tomato, potatoes, chaat masala, green chillies, green chutney, tamarind chutney, coriander leaves well.
Add lemon juice, salt and mix. Divide into individual servings, sprinkle sev and serve immediately.
The monsoon season that attempts bringing a cool climate is always commendable. But with very relaxing ambience, you can also be affected with many different diseases. Thus, you need to be really cautious about the food you are consuming. Physicians and experts from medical field would always ask you to stay away from the street foods and suggests also for simple germ-free homemade food.
So, Zeemlo’s chef tries to serve you all, A plate of healthy food with full of nutrition in hygienic way.
Contrary to popular belief, you can eat delicious food that is great for your body – and Zeemlo is on a mission to prove it. You can find all these seasonal varieties from Zeemlo. Just download or install the app in your android phone and get start browsing to see what’s on the menu – your body & taste buds will definitely thank you for the same!