Raw Corn Koshimbir with Coconut

#raw corn, #cucumber, #coconut #Indiancuisine #salad with #vegan option. #quick and #easy #recipe
Raw corn koshimbir with coconut
#Delicious, #raw corn, #cucumber, #coconut #Indiancuisine #salad with #vegan option. #quick and #easy #recipe
Close up of the raw corn salad

It is simply unbelievable how scrumptious this simple koshimbir/salad is!  We have a heat wave in the Boston area this week.  So this cool, super delicious, easy to make koshimbir just hits the spot! It can be made ahead of time and refrigerated and the flavor deepens even more. This was part of my cool lunch today and I wish I had made more:)

To cut the corn kernels off the cob, simply invert a bowl over a plate. I used a stainless ice cream bowl which has a little pedestal that is hollow on the bottom. That made it even easier to hold the corn on the cob in place. With a knife I cut off the corn kernels and then ran the dull edge of the knife over the cob again to catch the milk from this  ‘end of the summer’ corn, that is bursting with flavor.

#Delicious, #raw corn, #cucumber, #coconut #Indiancuisine #salad with #vegan option. #quick and #easy #recipe
Cutting corn off the cob

Add the tempering, chopped veggies, cilantro and coconut and you have a fresh koshimbir or salad in no time flat!

Raw Corn Koshimbir with Coconut

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 teaspoon ghee or coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 serrano pepper, diced (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida or hing
  • 1 corn on the cob, with kernels cut off, about 1 heaped cup of kernels
  • ½ cup finely diced cucumber
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced, about ¼ cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated coconut or frozen grated coconut, defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • Se salt to taste
  • Juice of ½ lime

To make the Raw Corn Koshimbir-

  1. Heat the ghee or coconut oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds. When they start to sputter, add the diced serrano pepper and the asafetida. Let it sizzle for about 30 seconds and remove from heat. Set aside to cool. This is the tempering.
  2. Meanwhile combine the corn kernels and its milk with the diced cucumber, red onion, grated coconut, chopped cilantro, sea salt and the lime juice.
  3. Add the tempering and toss well to combine.
  4. Serve!



33 thoughts on “Raw Corn Koshimbir with Coconut

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    1. Thanks Shobha. I make boiled corn raitas that I love too but was bowled over by raw corn. I did not expect to like it so much. We get very tender bi color sweet corn in the Boston area this time of the year.

  1. Sandhya, this looks lovely. I have never tried this combination of flavors but will definitely try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Asoefeatida in salad. Sounds like an interesting flavor. I love sweet corn and this salad is something I would love to try 👍

    1. Thanks Ana! Asafetida is used in a lot of temperings in vegetarian cooking and is a typical ingredient in the koshimbir temperings.
      Let me know how you like it! Have a great weekend!

  3. Another winner combo from you Sandhya, love the simplicity and time you use to create these beautiful dishes. With all the warm weather we’ve all been experiencing up and down the East Coast, I’m sure this won a thumbs up! Love the adorable little hearts in the center. A+ for presentation 🙂

    1. Thank you so much my sweet friend!It has been so hot, right? I am thinking of all the cool foods:) I recently discovered raw corn salad and I am hooked! The bi-color corn that is flooding the markets now are just so super sweet and hard to resist.

    1. Thank you so much Robin for appreciating the posts.Your writing is a very precious gift to so many of us too.

      1. Speaking of rushed, I tend to write comments thinking they won’t change what I think I said. . . My comments are “messy!” Your hearts of green and purple really stand out in this corn snd coconut with lime cold dish. It sounds delicious, Sandhya. Since the Native Americans introduced corn to the Pilgrims this would be a nice side dish for Thanksgiving. 🙂

      2. Robin, I like this corn dish and your idea to have it as a side dish for Thanksgiving is fabulous!

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