May 15, 2012

Makai Tikki | Corn tikki | Kids Snacks

Nothing can beat this yummilicious Makai Tikki or Corn Tikki. This is different from the Makai Aloo Tikki I had made earlier. As a mom of a young girl, I feel Tikkis are the best way to sneak in veggies along with adding fibre (which this recipe abounds with). So evening snacks are generally cutlets or tikkis which are either baked or shallow fried. My favourites would have to be Oats Moong Tikki & Matar ki Tikki. As this is one way to beat the fat out of fast food, this is also linked to my event "Fast Food not Fat Food" that am guesthosting this month.

Corn is perhaps the most under rated ingredient for weight watchers. Its more popular avatar is of course the popcorn made from dried and popped corn Kernels, which is a favourite amongst kids and adults alike! Corn is part of the Maize family which is the highest grown crop in the US.
Wikipedia tells me "Maize and cornmeal (ground dried maize) constitute a staple food in many regions of the world. Introduced into Africa by the Portuguese in the 16th century, maize has become Africa's most important staple food crop Maize meal is made into a thick porridge in many cultures: from the polenta of Italy, the angu of Brazil, the mămăligă of Romania, to cornmeal mush in the U.S. (and hominy grits in the South) or the food called mealie pap in South Africa and sadzanshima and ugali in other parts of Africa. Maize meal is also used as a replacement for wheat flour, to make cornbread and other baked products. Masa (cornmeal treated with lime water) is the main ingredient for tortillasatole and many other dishes of Mexican food."

Now, lets get to the recipe :)

Prep time – 10 mins + 10 mins standing time
Cook time – 10 mins
Serves – 3
Difficulty level – Easy
Serving Accompaniments – Tomato Ketchup / Green Coriander- mint chutney
  • Corn Cob – 2 nos (or use shelled / frozen corn – 1.5 cups)
  • Carrots – diced – ¼ cup (optional)
  • Bread crumbs – ½ cup (divided use)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Amchur / Dry mango powder – ½ tsp
  • Red chilli powder – ½ tsp
  • Green chillies - deseeded & chopped - 1/2 tsp
  • White Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder – ½ TBSP
  • Cumin / Jeera powder – ½ TBSP
  • Turmeric – a dash
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – a handful (chopped 2 TBSP)
  • Oil – to shallow fry

1) Pressure cook whole corn (on the cob) for 2 whistles along with the carrots (in a separate container). If using frozen corn, thaw and boil in slightly salted water for 10 mins till they turn soft but not mushy. Either way, drain the water and cool to room temperature.
2) If using corn cobs, use a sharp knife to deseed them from the cob. You should be left with approximately 1.5 cups of corn.
3) In a spice grinder (or a smaller mixer jar), pulse the corn along with the cooked carrots (you can also grate them instead of cooking) slightly till the kernels are slightly mashed up.
4) In a large bowl, transfer the corn kernels, add 2/3 of the bread crumbs and rest of the ingredients one by one (except oil). Do not add any water unless absolutely necessary.
5) Shape into a nice thickish dough. Divide them into equal portions and flatten them slightly.
6) Cover and refrigerate for 10 – 15 mins
7) In a shallow frying pan, heat about 2 -3 TBSP of Olive oil
8) Coat the tikkis in some more bread crumbs (or roasted suji / yellow cornmeal) all around till the tikkis are coated.
9) Gently place the tikkis in the oil. Shallow fry them (in small batches) for 2 – 3 mins on both sides till they are golden brown in colour.
10) Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot with Tomato Ketchup or Green chutney 


  1. Yummy Crunchy and Crispy Corn Tikka!

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  2. wow yummy wud love to try this

  3. ooh la la- loved the pic kalyani; nice recipe

  4. This is a great tea time snack n guilt free too...

  5. great snack. guilt free and healthy

  6. Very healthy & yummy

  7. Delicious and healthy for after school snack.

  8. healthy and delicious corn tikki..

  9. Super crispy tikkis, loving it.

  10. such a great recipe, so so delicious.

  11. wow very tempting tikkis kalyani,wanna grab them all:)

  12. Wow amazing tikkis looks perfect n feel like grabing few, delicious...

  13. Hi Kalyani,

    These tikki's look super yum!!

    My first post and visit to your blog, loved the recipes and following you.

  14. Nice one - now I know what to make for an upcoming potluck! ;)

  15. Gotta try! Gotta try! :)

  16. Hey! I made this yesterday for a potluck and it was yummy! I added a little extra water when pulsing it, so it needed more bread crumbs - it was still really yummy! Thanks for sharing! :)

  17. Hi Kalyani,

    I'm hosting a giveaway over at my blog and would love for you to stop by and participate.

    Looking forward to seeing you there.

  18. Delicious....

  19. Hi pragyan:
    Glad you tried it and liked it too !!
    Keep visiting this space for more options....

  20. its very healthy & looks so tempting..Thanks for sharing.. Keep rocking.. :)


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