Keeping up with the Diwali series, today’s post will be about bhutta salad; twist on the infamous bhutta (Indian grilled corn) of Juhu Beach in Mumbai.
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, Juhu Beach is a famous beach in Mumbai, and for pictures and a recipe, head on over here.
It’s fantastic. When I posted the original recipe, I didn’t have a gas stove. Now I have one, and boy has it been getting use!
So I opted to do a twist on regular bhutta because a) it’s less messy, which can be good if you’re feeding guests, and b) it’s a really healthy side dish! We all know Diwali foods can be quite heavy and not so healthy. Don’t worry, I keep the traditional bhutta spices to give it a familiar flavor..I’ve just added some extra ingredients to make it unique and extra delicious!
Also – Hatch chiles were in season when I made this dish a couple of weeks ago. Hatch chile’s are a special green chile from New Mexico, and you can only get them for a few weeks out of the year. I bought several at Whole Foods, fire roasted them, and added them to the salad. Made it nice and spicy with that delicious hatch chile flavor! You may be able to still find them, but if not, you could certainly roast bell peppers/capsicum.
So let’s get to the salad, eh?
- 4-6 ears of corn, roasted
- 1 large red onion, sliced thin
- 1 batch of cherry tomatoes, or any small tomato cut in half – you could also use regular tomatoes and chop them
- mozzarella pearls – you could also substitute with fresh paneer, chopped into small pieces – leave out if vegan
- 1-2 peppers, fire roasted, then chopped
- handful of chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp butter, melted – leave out if vegan
- red chili powder – to taste
- salt – to taste
- black pepper – to taste
- chaat masala – to taste
- 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon
Slice the kernels off of the roasted corn into a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir. If your corn is warm, you can certainly serve the salad warm. I chilled the salad before serving. It’s a great dish for summer, but like I said, I think it makes a perfect Diwali side dish.