Corn (Challi/Bhutta/Makai) – The secret health benefits

Who all love to eat Challi in Monsoon? On my way to Kasauli, in pretty busy traffic, eventually saw a Challi wala on the roadside and we could not stop ourselves from trying the mouth watering corn. The masala and lemon they apply on it enhances the flavor which makes it even more yummier. Challi is probably the cheapest healthy snack available. India is the only place where you will find this healthy snack on the roadside.

These days corns are sold everywhere. You must have tried those masala corn cups from the stalls in cinemas and shopping malls. And of-course not to forget the popcorns. A movie is incomplete without popcorns 🙂
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Facts and health benefits of Corn (Challi/Bhutta/Makai)

  1. It benefits your health, as it delivers B vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C, protein and fiber.
  2. It has about 86 calories per 100 g of weight.
  3. Apart from being a delectable snack for kids and adults, it is also one of the healthiest foods known to mankind.
  4. Studies have shown that antioxidants found in corn can fight cancer-causing free radicals.
  5. Helps in maintaining normal bone growth, bone health and kidney functioning. Magnesium, especially, plays an important role in regulating the heart rate and strengthening bones.
  6. Helps in weight loss too.


Some tips for you

  • Don’t cover it in butter and other fatty sauces. This will increase the calorie and fat content of an already carb-rich food. Instead, flavor your corn with a variety of spices to further increase the nutritional value.
  • If you must eat your corn with butter, use a light spray-on butter and spray sparingly.
  • Mind the portion size. Too much of anything is not good.
  • It is also great in salads and used as a pizza topping.
  • When buying corn, make sure the husks appear green and fresh; they should not look dried out.
  • Pull back the husks and examine the kernels, which should look plump and arranged in tight rows.



Once you pick out the perfect looking corn, take it home, cook it as desired, and enjoy every bite!

Dietitian Lavleen

Dietitian Lavleen

***Winner of Best Dietitian in Chandigarh in 2015 organised by Global lifestyle awards. Most promising Youngest dietitian in 2016 organised by International health care awards. Best innovative class in 2017 organised by Global achievers forum. Weight loss specialist - Chandigarh, diet consultations, online diet plans - 7 years experience in Nutrition and Dietetics - Worked at PGIMER and Inscol hospitals.*** My passion is helping others achieve their health goals through optimal nutrition and diet. "Don't diet, rather eat correct food!" It has always been my dream to create and promote good health and fitness through good food. My aim is to guide, educate and motivate my patients about how healthy eating can contribute in bringing health, wealth and happiness together in their lifestyle.

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