Indian Street Corn Salad

One of the most beloved street foods in India is also one of the simplest: corn on the cob, slow roasted over hot coals, over which you squeeze juicy lime wedges and sprinkle salt, cayenne pepper and whatever else the wallah has up his sleeve.

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
3 large ears corn, husks and silk removed
Olive oil


60ml freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Big pinch ground cardamom
Big pinch chaat masala
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
150g halved cherry or sugarplum tomatoes
1 or 2 sprigs fresh mint, leaves thinly sliced
Small handful fresh coriander, leaves and soft stems rustically ripped into bite-size pieces
  1.    Place a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and heat until just beginning to smoke. Rub the corn with olive oil, then carefully lay into the pan. Cook until charred in patches all the way around and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Remove and let cool.   
  2. For the dressing: Meanwhile, whisk together the lime juice, cumin, cayenne, cardamom, chaat masala and salt and black pepper to taste. Slice the kernels off the cobs and tumble into a big bowl. Add the tomatoes, mint and coriander. Toss with the dressing, and taste for seasoning. Serve!