Sweet Corn Cakes Thai (Tod Man Khao Pod)

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious Thai snack recipe of sweet corn cakes – crunchy on the outside and spicy inside.

044400 gms corn kernels
2 tbsp shallots, finely chopped
1 tbsp curry paste
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 red chilli, chopped
3 tbsp rice flour
1 egg
2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
salt to taste
oil for shallow frying (traditionally peanut oil is used)

For Sauce:
1 large ripe avocado
1/2 cup greek yogurt
juice of 1 lime
¼ tsp ground black pepper
salt to taste

In a bowl, whisk egg and combine corn kernels, shallots, curry paste, fish sauce, red chilli, rice flour and coriander leaves.

Shape the mixture into small patties. If the mixture is too smooth add rice flour to thicken.

Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed non-stick pan and fry the corn cakes until crisp and golden brown on each side. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm until all cakes are fried.

To prepare Avocado sauce, slice the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh into a food processor and add yogurt, lime juice and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.

Serve corn cakes with Avocado sauce.

Garlic Mushrooms on Skewers

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mushrooms marinated with garlic and herbs, skewered and barbecued.

03915-20 baby mushrooms
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil/ vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
½ tsp black pepper powder
2 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt to taste.
Bamboo skewers, soaked in water

Mix crushed garlic, olive oil, black pepper powder, thyme, parsley and balsamic vinegar in a large non-metallic bowl. Add salt, if necessary.

Add mushrooms to the mix and marinate for 10 minutes. Later thread onto skewers.

Brush the grill with little oil. Arrange skewers on the grid of the grill and brush with remaining marinade in between. 

Grill them for 8-10 minutes until mushrooms are tender and charred on all sides.

Sprinkle some parsley on top and serve hot.

Grilled Brussel Sprouts

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Brussel sprouts marinated in ground pepper, lemon juice and barbecued.

03820-25 brussel sprouts, washed, any loose outer leaves removed
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp black pepper powder
¼  tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ cup water
Salt to taste
Parmesan cheese shavings, to garnish
Bamboo/metal skewers, soaked in water

Wash brussel sprouts. Remove any discoloured leaves. Cut in half or use whole and place in a steamer.

Steam brussel sprouts for five minutes. Once done, remove them and keep aside to cool.

In a large bowl, mix 2 tbsp olive oil , black pepper powder, cayenne pepper and lemon juice along with steamed sprouts. Mix well using hands. Add salt to taste.

Thread the marinated brussel sprouts onto skewers.

Preheat grill to high. Arrange skewers on preheated barbecue, grill sprouts until slightly charred on all sides for about 4-5 minutes.  Keep turning while cooking.

Once done garnish with shaved parmesan cheese and serve hot.