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I believe that salt is to food, what food is to life. In right proportions, it can heighten the taste of what you eat..and in the wrong - destroy! Even the most delicious sweets come added with some salt...to taste!

As for me, I've never enjoyed cooking. And as contrary to my owning a food-blog as it may sound, I always think about daily, routine cooking as a chore. But my tryst with the pots and pans began when I got a kitchen all to myself...I began experimenting and exploring new worlds in my own home. Some outcomes were excellent and some plain disasters. Then sprouted the need to keep track of all those good ones...and hence this blog!

Here, I share those experiments that pleased more than one palate!

May 30, 2011

Baby Corn Pepper Fry

The Free-Spirit Bloggers are back again this month, and you can only 'begin' thinking of what we've got in store for you. Appetizers, starters, hors d'oeuvres or if you really care less about terminology...ahem, snacks. Call it by whatever name you want,  they're all are served with a purpose. They keep you occupied and get people conversing with each other until the main course arrives. 

Why are we all so partial to potatoes and oil when it comes to party starters? Sometimes, it is simply nice to swing things in a totally different direction. Try this - Baby Corn Pepper Fry. This one's very close to my heart, from my childhood days really, and I'd like to serve this up for this month's Free-Spirit Blogger's theme. This peppery, crunchy, tickle-your-tongue starter was a regular item on our table every time our family visited the Billiards Club in Bangalore. You'd be surprised to know this  was the first time I tried making it at home myself. No great shakes, this recipe...but great flavor, is in here!


NOTE - I know the ratio of baby corn to pepper in this version seems pretty out of proportion. Here's why - The baby corn I bought was really tender and sweet and the pepper I have on hand is extremely mild. You might want to reduce the quantity of pepper if the variety you have is very strong.

2 Cups Baby Corn, washed and sliced into pieces. I used canned baby corn and chopped it across diagonally
3-4 Garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/2 Cup Onion, chopped
10-15 Curry leaves/Kadipatta
1/2 tsp Turmeric
6 tsp Ground pepper
2 tbsp Oil (I used olive oil. Go ahead and use whatever you normally do to cook)
And, of course, some salt to taste!

- Heat oil in a large wok/kadai
- Add chopped garlic and fry for a few seconds
- Toss in the onions and stir fry until golden brown
- Add the curry leaves and stir until they splutter, about a few seconds again
- Toss in the chopped baby corn and add turmeric, salt and pepper and on high heat stir fry the corn until almost all the moisture is released
- Now, lower the flame and stir fry until the baby corn turns crisp
- Serve hot with a chilled glass of your favorite drink

Serves 3 to 4

Don't forget to check out what the other FSB-ites Madhuri, Dhivya, Lataji, Mittu, Siri, Nags and Anupama have in store for your next party.


  1. oooh hooo! I would love to try them asap. Your corn fry looks very evenly fried and they whole platter looks delicious!

  2. Looks yumm! Will try it out for sure.

  3. Woww babycorn pepper fry looks super delicious..cant wait to try..

  4. Delicious....

    Love the lil fingers carrying them :)

  5. that's delicious, and the hands holding the plate are adorable!

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  8. Gosh I miss my baby corn from my favorite chinese restaurant in India! Now I know how to make it - and will surely try this - thanks for the recipe Deepti!!!

  9. my daughter loves baby corn prepared this way and i make it regularly, your platter looks yum- pass it on !

  10. This looks so delicious and lovely pic that is!

  11. oh WOW!!! this is a sooper recipe deepti..:)..got a chance finally after a hectic few mnths to catch up with the blog world..:)..and there i c a really interesting recipe...!! back in india..havin loads of visitors most of the time...this one is jus right for me now..easy to make and iam sure everybody will luv it..:)!!!..and thanx a ton for ur wishes..:)..

  12. Wow! And easy breezy starter!

  13. Awww, look at those hands holding the plate. Mwah mwah S boy. He's such a sport isn't he, holding that plate and helping Mamma with her blog photoshoot. Cho chweet.

    And that babycorn pepper stir fry looks perfectly done and yumm-de-dumm to say the least :)