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AN INDIAN EXPERIENCE ONLY IN INDIA – THAT THE BHUTTAWALA’S BHUTTA

bhutta-1Known as ‘bhutta’ or ‘Makkaai’ in Hindi, corn is a summer time favorite. Vrusali Chitre stopped over at Vashi’s Mini Seashore for a report on the experience of eating the neighborhood bhuttawallah’s bhutta – an experience you can experience only in India. “Bhuttawallah’s” or the corn vendor goes around the streets of the city with his wooden cart stocked high with fresh bhuttas. He has a coal stove atop the wooden cart. The smell of the fresh roasted corns is so enticing that people start gathering at his cart picking and choosing the corn that they would like the “bhuttawallah” to roast for them. One has to open the husks and poke a few of the kernels, digging your sharp nails to see how fresh the corn is. For the bhuttawallah, within 3 to 4 minutes he can get the perfect roasting technique so that your corn on the cob is ready. Now comes the “zesty part”. With a freshly cut piece of lime, the bhuttawalla dips the open end of the lime into a mixture of red chili powder and salt and then artfully massaged the length of the cob, leaving trails of hot and sour flavor all over the kernels..feeling like having a bite…well drop in at your neighborhood bhuttawallah and savor the experience that you can get only in India. With cameraperson Vikrant Baile, Vrushali Chitre for NMTV News.

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