Grilled Corn Salad With Coconut-Peanut Chaat

Make sure you grill corn for this salad before summer ends. It combines sweet, lightly charred fresh corn with a topping that stars ingredients including flaked coconut, curry leaves, and peanuts. It's a side dish or main that's bursting with flavor and texture — salty, nutty, crunchy, juicy, sweet, savory, and crisp. The chaat can be made in advance and stored at room temperature for up to one week, so it makes day-of prep easy. Just prep the scallions, grill the corn, and toss everything together.

Grilled Corn Salad with Coconut Peanut Chaat
Photo: Photo by Fred Hardy / Food Styling by Ali Ramee / Prop Styling by Christina Brockman
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


Coconut-Peanut Chaat

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or melted unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger (from 1 [2 1/2-in.] piece)

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (from 4 medium garlic cloves)

  • 1 cup (about 1 3/4 oz.) unsweetened flaked coconut)

  • 30 fresh curry leaves, torn into pieces

  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds

  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest (from 3 limes)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 cups salted roasted peanuts

Corn Mixture

  • 4 medium (9 oz. each) ears fresh corn

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or melted unsalted butter

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions (from 3 medium scallions)


Prepare the Coconut-Peanut Chaat:

  1. Heat ghee in a large sauté pan or high-sided skillet over medium until shimmering, about 1 minute. Add ginger and garlic; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in flaked coconut; cook, stirring often, until coconut begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Add curry leaves, mustard seeds, lime zest, and cumin to mixture in pan; stir to combine (curry leaves and mustard seeds will splatter and pop when added to the pan; have a lid or splatter screen handy so you can cover the pan). Add peanuts to mixture, and toss to evenly combine. Cook over medium, stirring often, until mixture is fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, and set aside. Prepared Coconut-Peanut Chaat may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Prepare the Corn Mixture:

  1. Preheat grill to high (450°F to 500°F). Brush corn evenly with ghee, and sprinkle with salt. Place corn on oiled grates; grill, uncovered, turning often, until corn is slightly charred all over, about 15 minutes. Transfer corn to a plate; let stand until cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes. Cut kernels from cobs; discard cobs. Place corn kernels and scallions in a large bowl.

  2. Pour Coconut-Peanut Chaat over Corn Mixture in bowl, and toss to combine. Serve.

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