Thursday, July 19, 2012

Please Don't Call Them Corns


I beg you, please don't call them corns. It is called corn, whether it's one seed, hundreds or the whole unit. They are kernels. Corn kernels. But to keep it simple, and correct, you can just call it corn. Now corns, on the other hand, or foot, to be more precise, are ugly things that affect feet. You can see several such pictures here (and inevitably there is some corn there as well).

But speaking of non-ugly things, here is a pretty corn salad that I made recently. I seem to remember coming across a recipe for it in a Maharashtrian cookbook but when I checked that book today, I couldn't find it there, so I guess I must have read it somewhere else. I remember the recipe mentioned grating the corn and adding some onion and green chilli to it.

I made it quite differently, though.


I steamed two corn cobs, let them cool and then scored them roughly across the kernels after which I sliced the kernels off.

Then I added a handful each of grated coconut and chopped coriander and finished it off with a sprinkling of salt and lime juice.

Another variation is to steam the corn with some salt and not add any more later - this makes for a much sweeter version. I'm on a minimal-spice kick nowadays and this really doesn't have any spice, but it is succulent and filling.


Bon appetit!

18 comments:

  1. sure kernels they are. but just like informations, furnitures etc. these are commonly mispronounced in plural!
    I miss ear of corn! My option will have to buy the frozen ones and have this salad.

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  2. Looks interesting. These days we just boil the corn and spread some butter and eat them. I like making salads out of them.Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I love corn salads! And your appeal to not call them corns got me chuckling :)

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  4. corn it is and the dish looks hearty

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  5. Looks pretty and pretty simple too. We get stellar corn here, especially in season. Wish the same was true about coconut. I'll try this if I can get some fresh and tasty coconut. Or coconuts.

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  6. Hahahaha... yeah.. I do know some who add 's' to every thing plural, be it corns or hairs :)
    The salad looks good.

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  7. Lata, yes, I forgot to mention ear of corn. But tell me, why do you have to buy frozen corn? Isn't Africa famous for its corn, though I guess it may not be sweet corn.

    Srimathi, today I made it again and was tempted to add pomegranate, but I desisted.
    Vani, Priya, ET, :) ET, I hope you get your fresh coconuts soon.

    Spandana, oh yes, hairs - that's another plural usage I detest

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  8. I love corn salad and can have it any time of the day. I do it differently but I love your's..Simple and definitely tasty

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  9. Corns :-) ..I like the steam captured there in the picture..great click..and corn -coconut combo looks delicious ..hugs

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  10. I went to check the post..It doesn't look like steam though ..right Sra? ..anyways loved that click ..brings out the essence of home cooking :-)..hugs

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  11. Uj, thank you.
    Jaya, it's very much steam, glad you noticed it. I saw it quite by chance and rapidly took some pics. Thanks a lot!

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  12. What a great idea Sra, I have a few corn cobs (notice no corns ;) sitting and now I know what to do.

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  13. Sra

    Not corny at all, eh ?

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  14. deliciously delicious..... saadepunjab.com

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  15. Ha....ha. This is indeed an appealing salad.

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  16. Corn and corny reminds me of one of the Tom and Jerry episode..though in a different context. I must control myself and keep a few corns..sorry corn ;-) to make this salad for me.

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  17. Hahahaha!Have heard that so many times.. add the corns now.. and yes, i like bread crumbs in my soup!

    I love the simplicity of this salad. Great idea for summer.

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  18. Nope..no corns please..ever :))) Fresh and appealing salad with all that coriander and coconut!

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