Bhutta – Corn on the Cob

The other day I had bhutta after quite some time. When I was a kid I used to cycle down to the bhutta wala(seller) daily and had become good friends with the guy. Even today when I visit he asks me about my cousins and family members who were all regular customers. Nowadays he even inquires about my marital status.
Bhutta Walas are a common site in Karachi, especially near busy shopping areas. The bhutta is either grilled or cooked in salt and then you apply red chilli powder and salt with a slice of lemon.
My dad still can’t get over the fact that I eat the bhutta in neat rows, like in those daffy duck cartoons.

13 Comments so far

  1. saba (unregistered) on June 7th, 2005 @ 2:33 pm

    I don’t like the bhutta made in Karachi too much. I prefer Lahore’s ‘roasted-in-sand-for-hours’ bhuttas. The last bhutta I had was from KFC last night since they sent it over with my order for free – their corn on the cob is delicious. :)

  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on June 7th, 2005 @ 3:02 pm

    Made my mouth water while reading the description. The desi butta walas are slowly being over run by the Magic Corn muching society. We should ensure that the old pathan bhutta wala should survive the economy, though they are incospicous in the hustle bustle of Karachi life but are very essential in providing us some delicious food.

    Today I will hunt down a Pathan wala, go through the ritual of selecting the best corn on display, bargain a price and then enjoy a red-chilli filled, lime soaked Butta. I too am surprised you eat the butta in neat single rows — ewww ;)

  3. xtasy (unregistered) on June 7th, 2005 @ 3:38 pm

    I eat them in rows but not single rows :)

  4. umar (unregistered) on June 7th, 2005 @ 4:05 pm

    i used to like bhutta cooked on fire until i tried the one baked in sand.

  5. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on June 7th, 2005 @ 11:07 pm

    Umar and Saba – I might have to agree corn on the cob and baked Butta have their own place, but I think you only find Bhutta only in Karachi, I lived in Lahore for 4 years and never found bhutta just always Challi. So is this a Karachi delicacy?

  6. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 8th, 2005 @ 10:58 pm

    Corn is one delicious manna provided by nature.

    I love corn in whatever form it comes in. When my mother prepares chicken corn soup in winters I always make it a point to have a mouthful of the canned corn bought for the cooking.

    I also love the ‘Magic Corn’ and the KFC’s corn on the cob. In the winter I am always on the lookout for the makkai wala or for the bhutta whoever I could locate soon enough.

    I am always wonderfilled that how these simple of foods are often the tastiest, not to mention satisfying the hungriest of stomaches.

  7. in america (unregistered) on June 9th, 2005 @ 12:32 pm

    karachi is so lame. “we wannabe like the west!” with our pathetic “clubbing” and “drinking”. and they say we pakistanis that live out here in the west are corrupt- ha! – at least we’re not trying to act like something we’re not. your white people heroes would laugh and snicker at your lame-o attempts to be “just like [v]est! yaar”

    -from a pakistani-american who lives in the most debauched society on earth yet still retains her religious sense of self. i dont need alcohol to be “cool” or need to smoke up to network. you idiots! if you only knew what people thought of you (this is of course directed to the people who actually act like this, and i know also before anyone goes off on me, that this was posted in the wrong entry)

  8. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on June 9th, 2005 @ 10:50 pm

    @in america – Bravo Bravo well said …..

  9. in america (unregistered) on June 10th, 2005 @ 12:46 am

    i want to apologize if my comments came off harshly. i was a bit frustrated. i still stand by what i say… its just that, as someone of pakistani descent born in america, i always looked forward to going back to pakistan on my vacations b/c thats where i “fit in” – people were generally more morally in touch and were proud of their religious values and i always used to wish, wow why couldnt i have been born in pakistan. but now, it just saddens me to read and see how debauched the young society has become. i mean, i had to face those temptations every day in american society- do you know how lucky you are that moral values are (were) more sacred and valued and you didnt have to face the onslaught of temptations every day in and out that we see in american high school life (dating, sitting home on prom night, no drinking or late nights) – but unfortunately now pakistani society imports the very thing it was so lucky to have (somewhat) controlled!

    you are NOT going to find happiness with a clubbing/ dancing/ partying/ lets smoke a blunt and pop extasy lifestyle… you will be washed up and worn out by your late 20s. the lifestyle much of the west leads may shimmer golden, but it is really an empty cesspool of numb people who dont know how to really be happy and rely on drugs to tell that that they are happy

    /end rant

  10. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 11th, 2005 @ 2:04 pm

    @in america – this may sound a bit rude…but I think that either you are in a wrong place to expressing yourself or you didn’t read others comments as this blog is on the ‘Delights of eating CORN’.

  11. Muneeba (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2005 @ 2:06 pm

    Hie, pplz plz tell me which PIZZA is the best in KARACHI city ?

  12. J Lee (unregistered) on October 1st, 2005 @ 1:53 pm

    I just logged onto this blog for the first time. I am an expat living in Karachi. Why do you think the Magic Corn idea is so popular? Do you think the price is worth the product? Can you think of other items like Corn that Pakistanis in Karachi would enjoy with the same kind of delivery, small stands with very simple preparation?

    Do you think Karachi is ready for mobile cappucino and espresso carts? Depends on where you put it.

    Do Karachites really enjoy Chinese foods?

    Just curious on your thoughts since you know the tastes and appetites and what is like and not liked better than I.


  13. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on October 1st, 2005 @ 10:42 pm

    Hi J Lee, yes we the Karachiites are natural born food lovers. We literally accept all kinds of foods especially the Chinese and American food.

    Regarding your point about Magic Corn, MC has not really taken off in Pakistan. The reason – price. It is usually available in high-scale areas across the Karachi city as not only it is expensive but there are various local variants available across the areas that is usually priced very cheaply.

    And talking about the Expresso and Capucino carts, well as you said, it all depends where you put them. If they are ‘placed’ like Magic Corn in the posh areas, then they definately will going to a hit, but not so in other areas.

    I do hope that these may have answered your questions atleast to a certain extent.

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