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Makai Paaka - Corn cobs in coconut sauce

Nandita Shyam
15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Makai Paaka - Corn cobs in coconut sauce RECIPE

Makai Paaka is one of those dishes that makes you ask for more. There are these sweet and tender corn chunks that are enveloped in a velvety and creamy coconut sauce. Who can get enough of that? I suggest serving this dish with piping hot steamed rice. It makes the curry taste even better. Although I have presented the dish with a spoon and fork, it's much better to eat this curry with hands as biting the tender corn kernels and gnawing on the juicy corn cobs makes the whole experience of eating makai paaka pleasurable.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Steaming
  • Side Dishes
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Rice flour- 2tsps
  2. ginger- 1"piece
  3. Green chili- 1, finely chopped
  4. oil- 2tbsps
  5. cumin seeds- 1/2 tsps
  6. onion- 1 med, chopped fine
  7. turmeric- 1/4tspn
  8. coriander powder- 1/2tsp
  9. salt- to taste
  10. corn cobs- 2 large, husk and silk removed and sliced into 1" thick pieces
  11. coconut milk- 1, 14 Oz can
  12. water- 1 cup
  13. Juice of 1/2 a lime
  14. coriander leaves to garnish


  1. Mix the rice flour with one table spoon of water and keep aside.
  2. Make a paste of the ginger and green chili and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Once they turn brown add the ginger green chili paste and fry for a min.
  4. Add the chopped onion and fry till they turn transcluscent. Stir in the turmeric, coriander powder and salt and fry for a minute more.
  5. Add the corn slices and mix well. Add water and the coconut milk and cook covered till the corn cobs are tender and cooked through.
  6. Add the rice flour mixture and allow the mixture to simmer for 2 more mins.
  7. Garnish with lime juice and coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.
  8. Notes
  9. The rice flour can be replaced with either corn starch or gram flour.
  10. The rice flour can be replaced with either corn starch or gram flour.

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