Indian Grilled Corn on the Cob – Street Style Bhutta

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Indian Grilled Corn on the Cob - Street Style Bhutta

How do I even describe The Indian Grilled corn on the cob? Some flavors and food experiences are hard to express. This, is one of them. Freshly harvested corn, still carrying with it the fragrance of the earth it was grown in, is shucked and put on scorching naked hot charcoal. A touch of lemon, a hint of salt and generous amount of chilli powder goes on top of the hot smoky corn on the cob.  Smoky, salty, hot and spicy – the aroma pulls you in. And you surrender.

In India, mostly cream yellow or orange flint varieties of corn are commonly grown and are used for everything from daily breads to starch and of course for making the Indian grilled corn on the cob. The taste and texture of the flint variety is loved very much.


For our recipe, today I am using the Sweet corn found in most American grocery stores. It’s easily available and everyone loves the taste. So why not!! It is a bit sweeter than the flint corn and has more juice than meat, but the combination with the spices works deliciously.

The topic of grilling corn has a few schools of thought. The circle of thought on corn grilling I belong to, likes to grill corn naked. Umm.. the corn and heat is naked. Not the people. But you could do that, if you are into that. No judging. Once you deshusk the corn, simply put it on a grill, or a gas stove top and cook. This is a faster method compared to say grilling corn in it’s husk. Also for me personally, the cooking inside the husk makes the corn steam a bit. The result is more juicy corn. But that’s not what I am after. You can totally grill it with husk on and then follow the directions for spices. After all, eating corn is an a matter of personal choice.

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Indian Grilled Corn on the Cob – Street Style Bhutta


  • 4 ears Corn Keep the husk on until ready to cook
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges


  1. Preheat grill to the highest setting. 

  2. Remove corn ear from husk, and grill corn until all sides are charred to your liking

  3. Remove from heat, add a dash of ghee salt, lemon and chilli

  4. Alternately , grill them on an open flame - like the stove .

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  1. 5 stars
    That is so Mexican! Street vendors there sell “elote al carbon” (charcoal grilled unripe field corn) with butter and a sprinkle of chiles and lime. You can find them outside any school when classes are ending.

    Try it with some grated parmesan.

  2. What a perfect – and perfectly simple – way to grill corn. We’re huge grilling fans, so this is definitely going on our “must try” list. We tend to keep the husks on until after the corn is cooked, but I might just insist on de-husking first, to get that gorgeous grilled look on the cobs.

  3. Oh wow…your corns are grilled to perfection…I have never seen it so pretty…and I am loving the flavors…thanks for sharing the recipe Ansh!
    Have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I love how you always take us on an adventure Ansh and this recipe has my mouthwatering! I love grilled corn but usually eat it with just butter, salt, and pepper. I love the seasonings you add and know it would be a hit with any crowd. This will be on my menu soon – maybe today, LOL!

  5. Oh, my gosh, your grilled corn looks spectacular!!! I cannot wait to get fresh sweet corn and fire up our grill!!!

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