Corn in Coconut Cream

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Serves 2-4

Corn in Coconut is a direct translation from the Swahili name for this delicious dish, known locally as Mahindi ya Nazi. It is a wonderfully flavourful twist to corn on the cob. Creamy and spicy all at once, it makes the perfect exotic starter to just about any meal!

corn cobs, cut into pieces
1/4 tsp.
garlic paste
green chillies
1/2 tsp.
turmeric powder
1/2 tsp.
red chilli powder
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 cup
heavy coconut milk
1 cup
light coconut milk
salt to taste
some corn flour
2 tsp.
tamarind paste

First boil the corn pieces until the corn kernels are nice and tender. I normally pressure cook for half an hour. Drain water and set aside. Do not salt the corn.

In a separate pan, pour the thin coconut milk, add salt, green chilli, turmeric powder and garlic paste. Cook this milk on a gentle flame until it starts to thicken slightly, making sure to stir all the time so that the coconut milk doesn't 'break'. If it doesn't thicken, you can add a bit of corn flour. Immerse your corn pieces into this mixture and let them boil together so that the corn takes up the yummy coconut flavor and acquires a light covering of the sauce.

In a different smaller pan, pour the HEAVY coconut milk. Add juice of half a lemon and 2 tsp. of tamarind sauce/paste, salt, chili powder and a pinch of turmeric. Boil this on a low flame making sure to stir all the time until it thickens and cooks through. Adjust salt/lemon/chilli. Now pour this thick sauce over the corn pieces and mix together thoroughly. You can give the combination a quick simmer and you're done!



salam fauzia, i have a favor to ask you... my husband is from kenya and my mother-in-law use to make this corn with chunky/shredded chicken and white sauce... it almost kind of looks like of thick soupy consistency... any idea what it is called and how to make it? thanks!!!

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W/Salaam, sounds yummy but I have not heard of it before. Will try and find out the recipe from my MIL and see if she has heard of it. Shall post if I get it inshaAllah.

It is very yummy!!! :) Thanks for looking into it for me!

Hi, I want to make this with tinned coconut milk and its of medium consistency so can I use it without diluting.

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Hi, yes that is fine.