Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Corn Usli

Monsoon in India is synonymous with “Bhutta” i.e. grilled corn on the cob.  During this season, fresh corn on the cobs are available in plenty. I had my fill of the Bhuttas and the steamed corn and salads. So, this time, I wanted to try out something different – Corn “Usli” – from my collection.

Preparation of the “Usli” is easy. The main issue here is how to remove the corn kernels from the cob. Some years back, I had seen a food show on TV wherein the hostess used a gadget with a sharp edge with which she easily removed the kernels. I tried to find this gadget in various supermarkets but with no luck. Finally, with the help of my potato peeler, - (yes, you read it right) I could manage to do this with ease !  Try this out and see for yourself.

This sweet and spicy “Usli” is a very tasty and a healthy breakfast dish or an evening snack.

 Corn Usli 36


Corn cobs
1 medium
As per taste
A pinch
½ a cup
For Seasoning

1 tbsp
Mustard seeds
1 tsp
¼ tsp
Green chilies (slit)
Curry leaves
1 sprig
For Garnishing

Freshly grated coconut
1 tbsp
Coriander leaves (chopped)
1 tbsp
Lime juice
1 tsp

How to remove the corn kernels from the cob

  • Remove the husks and the silky fibres from the cob.
  • Take a large tray and hold the cob firmly with one hand  - the stem end towards you and the other end touching the tray.
  • Now take the potato peeler and with its pointed end slowly but steadily push it and run it forward along each row whereby the kernels come out (in rows – as shown in the picture)  easily on to the tray. Once you get the hang of it, this will be easily done.
  • Repeat this procedure, till you complete the cob.
  • This took me about 15-20 mins for the two cobs.
  • Now, you are ready for preparing the “Usli”.
Potato peeler being used to remove the corn kernels from the cob

Potato peeler and corer


  1. Wash, scrub and cut the potato (peeling the skin is not necessary) into cubes.
  2. Mince the corn kernels in the mixer or food processor. This should take a few seconds or so. Do not grind it.
  3. Then cook the minced corn together with the cubed potatoes in water or you can even pressure cook them together. If cooking in water, it should take about 15-20 mins.
  4. Heat a pan or kadai. Add all the seasoning ingredients.
  5. When the mustard seeds stop spluttering, add the cooked (potatoes and minced corn kernels) mixture. Add water to it.
  6. Next add salt and sugar as per taste. Mix well and let it simmer for a few minutes and remove it from flame.
  7. Finally add all the garnishing ingredients.
  8. Serve hot.
Corn kernels minced in the food processor

Minced corn kernels and potato cubes boiling in water

Seasoning in process

'Usli" in the making

Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time:  30 mins
Serves: 2


  • Frozen corn kernel packets available in the super markets can also be used.
  • Ensure that corn kernels are not very tender nor should they be much matured.
  • Do not make the final product very dry. 


  1. Very nice recipe. Thnx for the tip on removing kernels :)

  2. wow delicious recipe,pictorial is too gud...

  3. Nice ,delicious and different..lovely corn curry!

  4. Hi Shobha, a new take on the old corn on the cob. Will certainly try this recipe. Do you think addition of milk will enhance the taste?

    1. Sangeetha, I am not sure that the addition of milk will enhance its taste. However, if you are trying it out, please ensure that you omit the use of lime juice in it. And please do let me know the outcome. Thanks.

  5. Very healthy n flavorful usli..nice recipe dear!


  6. The corn usli looks just great. It would be very filling too. I love the aroma of corn as it cooks too. Makes the wait for the dish worthwhile!

  7. very new to me.. looks so delicious and tasty..

  8. Thanks for the demo of removing corn kernels using a peeler.This would ensure removal of whole kernels from the cob! i use a knife to chop off the kernels as closely as possible from the cob but this usually damages the corn kernels. your recipe looks yummy! I'll definitely try it.