Jolada Palya (Stir-Fried Corn with Basil and Leeks)

Jolada Palya (Stir-Fried Corn with Basil and Leeks)

Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon ghee or unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 small leek white and light green part, finely chopped
  • Kernels cut from 4 ears of corn 3-4 cups
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves


  • In a large wok or frying pan, melt the ghee over medium heat. Add one cumin seed. When it starts to sizzle, add the rest of the cumin and cook a few seconds, until they start to brown. Stir in the leek and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the corn kernels, black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until corn is heated through to desired preference, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice and basil. Season with additional salt if needed. Serve immediately.