Curry corn is quite popular in Trinidad and Tobago these days. When I first heard about it I found the idea to be quite weird but after tasting a piece of curry corn, I was hooked. You just might get hooked too!! Please note that the pigtails are optional. I love to purchase my fresh corn from the market, some times you can get them with the husk removed.
4 fresh corn on the cob
2 small onions or 1 medium onion finely chopped
3 garlic gloves finely chopped
big leaf thyme finely chopped
small leaf thyme finely chopped
parsley finely chopped
culantro aka shadon benni finely chopped
3 pimentos or seasoning peppers finely chopped
1 hot pepper
1 tablespoons curry powder
1 can coconut milk
If you are using the pigtails in this recipe, they have to be tenderized and most of the salt has to be removed. To accomplish this, I normally put the pieces of pigtails into a pot, fill the pot with water and put the pot on the stove. Allow the pigtails go boil. After about 15 minutes, through out the water, add more water and put the pot back on the stove for another 15 minutes. Repeat this process about two more times after which the pigtails should be tender and most of the salt removed.
Using a sharp kitchen knife, cut the pigtails into smaller pieces (which should be easier as they are now tender) and set aside.
If you purchased the corn with the husk, you will have to peel off the husk and silk and wash the corn. Cut corn into small pieces - you should get about 4 pieces of corn from one whole corn. Add two tablespoons of oil to a large pot. Add garlic, onion, pimentos and saute for a few seconds. Add the other herbs and curry powder and allow to fry for a few seconds.
Add the pieces of corn and pig tail (if you are not adding any pigtails, you will have to add salt) and mix together with the other ingredients. Add coconut milk and the hot pepper. Allow the corn to cook and absorb all those beautiful flavors. You may need to add more water to the pot to allow the corn to fully cook. Cooking time - about 35 minutes. Taste and add salt if necessary.
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