Saturday , 26 May 2018

‘Bhutta’ in demand during monsoon

Several people can be seen enjoying hot fresh ‘bhutta’ which is made right in front of them, with an application of lime, salt and a bit of red chilli powder, finds out Bhiva P Parab

With the monsoons in progress stalls selling charred corn cob along the roadsides in the state increases and there is quite a good sale of sweet corn which is packed with high nutrients which are useful for a human body as this nutrient packed starchy snack is low in total fat and high in vitamin C and it is also a good source of fiber.

Several people could be seen enjoying a hot fresh ‘bhutta’ or corn-on-the-cob and the vendors sell this ‘bhutta’ for Rs 20 per ‘bhutta’  and this charred corn is made right in front of you, with an application of lime, salt and a bit of red chilli powder.

A vendor Suraj Kumar said, “This business of ‘bhutta’ comes in demand with the arrival of monsoon and several people make a stop at my stall to eat the ‘bhutta’, which is priced at Rs 20 per piece and for the ‘bhutta’ we apply lime, salt and a bit of red chilli powder, which gives more taste to the ‘bhutta’.”

“The number of people visiting the stall to eat ‘bhutta’ varies daily, however, there is quite a good business during the monsoon, especially along the roadsides in the coastal belt of Goa where there are tourists especially the Indian tourists who visit the state also in the rains,” he said and added, “Sometimes the number of consumers cross 50 giving a good business, while on the other days they are less than that, however, overall if we go to see it is a good business during the rains.”

While another vendor went on to say that I do this business only during the rains and it is a profitable business as there is no much investment and the corns, which are needed we buy it from the Mapusa market and we see that we get good quality corns as there are several tourists and also locals who come to eat the corns on our stalls.

There are various benefits of eating sweet corn like it helps in reducing cholesterol as the sweet corn contains soluble fiber as well, which turns into a gel-like substance in the blood stream and this gel, in turn, absorbs bad cholesterol and the sweet corn also contains carotenoids and bioflavonoids which control cholesterol levels in the blood and Sweet corn contains a lot of dietary fiber and the insoluble fibers help in digestion and also prevent constipation. Those with irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea will also find relief after eating sweet corn, according to the information available from the sources.

A customer said that during the rainy season we love to eat ‘bhutta’ along the roadside stalls, which is much more healthier than the oily street food and the ‘bhutta’ is reasonably priced at Rs 20 and we stop at the stall during the evening while going home after the office hours and sweet corn contains oil, which has a very good fatty acid combination and as a result, it enables omega-3 fatty acids to remove harmful fatty acids  and reduces the risk of heart attack and the lime and chilli powder which is applied to the butta makes it more tastier.

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