Guys – the judges of Masterchef Australia are in India. George, Matt and Gary are in Bangalore and I died a little bit when I heard they may not come to Delhi. I know I know, I am having a bit of a fangirl moment but they really are my favourites to watch on TV, and everyone who knows me knows I only watch the telly for TLC and Fox Life. Literally. Only food shows. This is what I’ve been doing since I was.. umm.. maybe 10? It started with this Indian superstar chef Sanjeev Kapoor and his show Khana Khazana on Zee Tv. And then when we started getting TLC in India I would watch endless hours of Nigella. Even the reruns. 😛
So, since George, Matt and Gary will not be coming to Delhi this time around (big fat bummer!) I’m just going to watch the rest of the season of Masterchef Australia and feel happy. **sulks**
Anyway, now that I’m done with my sulking (not really!) let me tell you about what we are cooking today. Of course there’s a story to that 😉
I was about 12 years old, alone at home with grandma one Sunday afternoon and her friend came over for tea. I was bored and hungry. I offered to cook them a snack. Obvs my grandma didn’t know about my obsession with food well enough back then so she wasn’t sure whether to let me be in the kitchen by myself. But I convinced and assured her that I’d be totally fine and that she should just go chill with her friend (of course this was not the kind of language I’d use back then, but you know what I mean).
Baby corn Fritters was what I made. Got some cornflour, salt and pepper, made a little paste – dipped the baby corn in it and fried till they were golden brown. My grandma and her friend were stunned and obvs super impressed. I was pretty chuffed too. Since then my granny tells this story to everyone she meets and how I loved cooking since I was a kid. Haha.. memories.
Baby corn Fritters are arguably one of the easiest things to make. If you have a deep fryer you could make these in your sleep (Don’t!!!). But seriously for everyone who doesn’t like to cook or doesn’t know how to cook, this recipe would be a great way to start.
Crispy Baby corn Fritters:
Serves 2| Prep time: 4 min | Cook time: 6 min
Baby corn – 200 gm, whole
Cornflour – 1/2 cup
Breadcrumbs – 1 cup
Vegetable Oil – To Fry, about 2 cups
Salt & Pepper– to taste
Fresh Parsley – a handful, finely chopped (You can also use dried)
Parmesan – 2-3 tbsps (This is optional but I love love love it!)
Garlic powder- 1 tbsp
Like I said, this is one of the easiest recipes that anyone can make. If you’ve read the beginning of this post, I made this first when I was 12. Yaaass. That easy!
So once you’ve assembled all your ingredients, get two empty bowls. In one of them, take the cornflour, a pinch of salt and a couple of tablespoons of water. You need a paste like, semi-liquidish batter. Basically we need something that will coat the baby corn really well because we need to dip it in the breadcrumbs.
Alternatively you can also use 2 beaten eggs and dip your baby corn in the egg. Now, in the second empty bowl, add the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, salt, pepper, chopped parsley and garlic powder. Mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Dip one baby corn in the cornflour paste and then coat it with the breadcrumb mix.
Do it for all your baby corn and set aside. For best results, pop them in the fridge for a couple of hours. Cooling them down in the fridge allows the coating to set so it doesn’t fall apart when you fry.
I only do this when I have the time. If I am too hungry and can’t be bothered, I just dip, coat and fry. 😉
Now, heat your oil in a deep pan. Drop in a few breadcrumbs to check if the oil is hot enough. The breadcrumbs should rise up immediately. If that happens, you’re ready to fry. Carefully drop the baby corn in the oil. Fry until gorgeous and golden.
Aaaaand your’re done!!!! See? It was that easy. Now go and enjoy! 😉