Sweetcorn: a powerhouse of goodness
Sweet corn is not only delicious - but a powerhouse of goodness too! Here are a few of its health benefits -
- Sweetcorn is FULL of vitamin C - the big C, essential for a healthy immune system. Vitamin C also helps you feel energised, stimulates collagen and aids iron absorption.
- High fibre content. Dietary fibre is essential for our health: it aids digestion, helps stave off heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer.
- Sweetcorn is rich in folate as well (AKA B9). Folate helps build healthy red blood cells and is essential for a healthy body, especially during pregnancy.
- Also found in sweetcorn is another B vitamin: thiamine (vitamin B1). Thiamine helps break down our food, converting it into energy. Thiamine also aids in keeping the nervous system healthy.
2 x ears of sweetcorn shucked (or 1 large can)
1 x red onion, chopped
1 x green chilli
4-5 sprigs of coriander
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 cup chickpea flour (AKA besan)
½ cup rice four
2 x tablespoon neutral oil for sautéing
3 inches vegetable oil for deep frying
5-6 sprigs of coriander
Fry off all your ingredients in 2 tablespoons of neutral oil. Keep a quarter of the sweetcorn mix aside and blend the rest into a batter with your flours and just enough water (¼ cup) so that you have a thick batter. Season generously with salt (the chickpea flour needs it!)
Heat your vegetable oil and when smoking, turn down the heat and ladle in a spoonful of your thick batter, 3-4 at a time and fry for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Decant onto a kitchen towel/greaseproof paper-lined plate.
Sprinkle with coriander and top with your favourite hot sauce and eat immediately. YUM!