Bhutta is the Indian word for corn. Available in abundance during the monsoon, Bhutta is eaten either grilled or boiled but like most delicious Indian foods it is slathered in a bunch of spices (which is very different for the two versions) to help lift up the flavor profile to the quintessential Indian best!

Bhutta, The Indian grilled corn slathered in a spicy mint-cilantro chutney is must-have this summer!

There was a phase of my life when I was into some serious workout sessions. Every morning and evening was spent doing some hard core exercising. The control of my diets however required no effort from me at all. I lived in a hostel at my university. And, we all know how appetizing cafeteria food can be. With my eat-to-survive mode on, my 3 square meals consisted of just that, 3 square meals required to keep your brain and heart functioning.
This phase however came with a bit of indulgence. But of course! Me being me, there is no way that I would not make sure the food I eat was food I enjoyed, right?!

Bhutta or grilled corn on the cob slathered in a spice chutney (Warning: it is addictive!)

The summers meant that I would be stopping at a food cart with an old man cutting into fresh pineapples and smearing some red chili powder over them. This was an everyday affair and I mean, every, single, day. An occasional raw mango or guava thrown in, my summers were rather fruity. No matter how small (or meager actually) my 3 square meals were, these small trips to the food cart kept the foodie in me, alive.

Bhutta, spicy stovetop grilled corn

Then, came the monsoons and the days leading up to winters. While my mornings were spent in the gym, my evenings were 2-3 mile walk out and back into the university campus and hostel. On one such evening walks, I spotted a bhutta-wala (corn vendor) at a street corner with corn stacked up as high as the sky. A skillet with red hot coal in it with semi roasted bhutta layered on it, a hand fan in one hand moving rigourously over the corn and the other turning the corn around, sparks flying up against the drizzling background air, that day marked the beginning of my love affair with corn.

Bhutta, The Indian grilled corn slathered in a spicy mint-cilantro chutney is must-have this summer!

Not that I had never eaten bhutta before. Called Muskin Jola in my home town, I was always fond of it but deprivation of food was what I needed to truly appreciate the juicy niblets of bhutta. You know like a flashlight in a dark room. Slather some green, spicy, chili-cilantro-mint chutney on it and ……. What can I say? Anything said in praise about this heavenly delight would still fall short.

Bhutta, The Indian grilled corn slathered in a spicy mint-cilantro chutney is must-have this summer!

 PS: Read more here about my love for corn some corn recipes

Corn Koftas in a spinach curry

Corn Lollipops

Here is the recipe for:



Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 3-4



    For the Spicy green chutney
  • 1 pod of medium sized garlic
  • 8 thai green chilies (adjust quantity to suit your spice level. This yields spicy level 4 on a scale 1-5)
  • 6-8 min leaves
  • 1 cup of cilantro leaves
  • Salt to season
  • For the Grilled corn or Bhutta
  • Corn
  • Lemon halves


  1. Blend all the ingredients for the chutney, set aside.
  2. Roast the corn on the stovetop.
  3. Smear chutney over the roasted corn.
  4. Now, give the chutney-smeared corns a quick roast (about a minute all around the corn) on the stove. This helps with to cook the chutney right into each corn kernel.
  5. Now, squeeze some lemon over them and serve hot.

My Take:

If you do not have a gas range, you can use your electric range. You can buy a roti grill from amazon or any Indian store, place it on the electric coil and roast the corn. However, the fire roasting has a unique flavor which shouldn’t stop you nonetheless.

No time to make chutney? That’s alright. Mix equal parts of salt and paprika. Dip the lemon half into this mixture and rub them onto your roasted corn.

A dollop of ghee or butter smeared adds great flavor.

Yummily Yours’


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One Comment

  1. Never thought this particular way of eating corn. It is delicious. Thank you so much and keep us updated. Loads of love.

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