Grilled Corn with Chilli and Lime - "Bhuta"

Juicy, crunchy, sweet & sour with a little kick and smokey flavour - it's a perfect snack or a side dish for a BBQ night. No, I didn't make this as firstly, we don't have where to do our own bbq right now and secondly, all I need is to step out on the street and there is this old man who makes charcoal roasted corn every single night of the year no matter what. Sometimes we just make a quick stop on the way from the office and get it for a light snack before cooking for our dinner. It's a very popular street snack in Mumbai, especially, on a rainy cold..... (for Mumbai anyways :o)) night. Chilli powder warms you up from the inside and sweet golden corn with lime juice makes your taste buds happy and leaves your stomach feeling satisfied. Mmmmmhhhhh my mouth is watering just writing about it!

You will need:
whole fresh corn on the cob
1/2 tsp of red chilli powder
a lime/lemon, cut in half
1/2 tsp of salt (or per your taste)

1. Prepare your charcoal grill, get it nice and hot.

2. Now in India, they remove the husk and roast corn on a direct, high heat for about 5-7 minutes while turning it around. As long as it is not overcooked, it stays really juicy while getting a nice smokey smell and flavour. You can also roast the corn in its husk, which will take a little bit longer (10-15 minutes). Don't forget to turn the corn occasionally, let it cool down a little and carefully remove the husk.

3. Mix red chilli powder and salt together, dip the lime/lemon half into it and rub the lime half covered with spices into the corn. Repeat it until the corn on the cob is completely covered with this simple masala.

Eat it while it is still warm. Enjoy!

If the corn is not exactly "straight-from-the-farm" fresh, it will be more juicy if you soak it in water for 15-30 minutes before grilling.