Gujarati Vaghara Makkai (Spicy Corn with Ginger and Green Chili)


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time15 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Gujarati Vaghara Makkai (Spicy Corn with Ginger and Green Chili)

Photography by Erik Putz; Food styling by Ryan Barclay; Prop styling by Madeleine Johari

This stir-fried corn with ginger, green chili and turmeric is simple, quick and delicious, and a must to accompany every thali.


  • Paste: Place chili, garlic and ginger in a blender, along with 3 tbsp of the corn. Blitz to a coarse paste. Set aside.

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the asafoetida and mustard seeds, and fry for a few seconds until they sputter.

  • Add the paste and fry for 1 min, stirring well. Add the turmeric and stir, then add the remaining corn and fry for 2 min. Reduce the heat to low, season with salt to taste, and add the cilantro and crushed peanuts. Cover and cook for 1 more minute. Finish with the lime juice and serve warm.


Also known as hing, this pungent spice is made from the ferula plant. A pinch fried in oil will add onion-like savouriness and amplify the other spices in your dish.