I Say Balal, You Say Corn!

by My Persian Kitchen on August 4, 2010

It’s Wednesday! Which means it’s time to post something for the Summer Fest 2010!

This week’s theme is corn. Those of you who stop by here regularly know that I am particular when it comes to corn. Allow me to be a punk and say “the Persian way is the best way” when it comes to corn on the cob! Precisely because of that, I am going to feature my original corn post once again to further promote and share the best way: Balal ~ Corn, The Persian Way!

Fill up a carafe or a large bowl with hot water half way through.  Add 2 tablespoons of salt. Mix until water and salt are well incorporated.

You can either grill the corn or just place on top of you burner. Either way is fine. Make sure that you turn the corn every few minutes of even cooking on each side. The color of the corn will change to a deep yellow.  It goes pretty quickly so make sure that you keep an eye on it so that the corn doesn’t burn.  The whole process takes less than 10 minutes.

Once your corn is ready, submerge the whole thing in the water for a few seconds then remove.  I know this sounds strange if you are non-Persian, but trust me, it is so good this way.  Once you take the corn out, the water will evaporate pretty fast as both the corn and water are hot.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Marilyn August 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

Hi Sanam,
I love grilled corn, but I’ve never done it on the burner. That’s how I roast red, green and yellow peppers! I also flip tortillas that way sometimes. It’s a little harder on electric here in Hawaii. Wish I converted to propane sometimes…. So love cooking with gas…HA

Congratulations on your new endeavors…

My Persian Kitchen August 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Marilyn, I love cooking on a gas stove too!! It quite an adjustment while I was in Maui to cook on an electric stove!!

saharjt August 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Mmmmm…yum! We just made some of this on the grill on Saturday. Delicious! Though I like dunking it in the saltwater before too. So good!

Margaret Roach August 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Fascinating! Can’t wait to try it.

Chef Dennis August 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm

The corn looks delicious, what a wonderful way to prepare it!

Ranjani August 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I’ve never cooked corn on the burner like this either, but it looks great (especially because I don’t have a grill)

Suna - The Hungry Turk August 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Oh wished I had a gas stove! I could grill the whole world like that… eggplants, red peppers…

Here is my contribution to this week’s Summer Fest topic:


vivi August 7, 2010 at 8:01 am

you bring back sweet memories of summer in Iran !

fiona mansourian November 1, 2010 at 11:34 am

…with my hand in the soft wrinkely hand of my grandfather at the fair…. in a Teherani park..I don’t remember the name but I will never forget the salty water dripping down my chin as i bit into the delicious balal..and then we would go for a ride on the little colorfully painted roundabouts…there would be lots of stalls with gas lamps burning…

zahra April 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

very good. I like it!

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