Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Szechwan Babycorn in Microwave oven | Indo-Chinese Appetizers

Ever wonder what all you can make in a Microwave oven. Practically anything* provided you know the techniques and the approximate cooking time for various food items. I am not much of a great cook with microwave oven but trying to make use of it for cooking as frequently as possible. I did make and blog about Masala Peanuts and Broccoli Cheddar Soup cooked in microwave. I made this Szechwan Babycorn one rainy evening and was a breeze to make in the microwave oven.
Adapted from Mallika Badrinath Cookbook
Babycorn - 250g - 8 oz packet - Cut into 2 inch pieces and blanched
Corn flour - 4 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Light Soy Sauce - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Tomato sauce (Maggi) - 2 tbsp
Red chilli sauce (Sriracha) - 1 tbsp
Cornflour - 1 tbsp
Salt - a pinch
Water - 200 ml
Green chillies - 1 or 2
Garlic - 6 fat cloves - minced
Spring onions - optional - I didn't have at hand.. Wish I did :(
Mix the ingredients for marinade with the drained babycorn pieces and let it sit for 15-30 mins. Remove the babycorn pieces from the marinade to a plate and dust the corn flour over it and mix well. Mix the sauce ingredients to the leftover marinade. Heat oil in a wide microwave-proof bowl for 2 minutes. Add the marinated babycorn pieces to the oil and mix well. Cook for 3 mins stirring once in between. Transfer to another plate. In the remaining oil add the items under saute and cook for 3 minutes stirring once in between. Add the sauce-marinade mixture to the bowl and cook for 4-5 mins until it boils. The mixture may look watery at this stage but will thicken up. Add the fried babycorn pieces with spring onions and cook for another 2 mins. Allow a standing time of 3 minutes and serve hot.
Marinating time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Standing time: 3 mins
* - Deep frying cannot be done in a microwave oven
Linking this plate to Serve It - Microwaved event happening at my space and Denny's. And also to Spotlight - Healthy Snacks; JCO Celebrate - Monsoon of India.


  1. Lovely Kirthi.. and it looks amazing. I love Szechwan flavours and this one is so simple to make..:)

  2. wow...absolutely droolworthy!! I have to try this out ASAP!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. looks delicious and love its flavor..

  4. Excellent dish to enjoy with a bowl of fried rice,inviting.

  5. Looks yummy krithi.. wheredo u get baby corn.. am trying to find it..

    1. I got in the local supermarket Suja.. Near the mushroom section...

  6. wow delicious recipe,loved it...yum.

  7. Interesting post. I tried this with Morphy RIchards Microwave Oven. The result was good but not to my expectations. I think I need to try it two or three more time to perfect this.


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