Thai Corn Fritters (Tod Man Khao Pod) Recipe

Leela Punyaratabandhu

Note: Frozen corn kernels can also be used in this recipe. Make sure to thaw them completely and squeeze out as much moisture out of them as possible.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 30 fritters

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  • 4 ears of corn

  • 1 quart vegetable oil for deep-frying

  • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste

  • 1 large egg

  • 3/4 cup rice flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 tablespoon salt

  • 3 makrut lime leaves or 1/4 cup Thai basil leaves

  • Store-bought or homemade Thai sweet chili sauce


  1. Remove corn kernels from cobs. Heat oil to 300°F in a wok or Dutch oven. Line a large platter or cookie sheet with paper towel and keep it nearby.

  2. Reserve half of corn kernels and place the other half in the blender or food processor along with red curry paste, egg, rice flour, baking powder, and salt; blend until smooth and transfer mixture to a bowl.

  3. Stack up kaffir lime leaves (or basil leaves) and roll them up tightly into a roll. Slice the roll crosswise as finely as possible. Fold in kaffir lime leaf strips into corn batter along with reserved whole corn kernels.

  4. Drop corn batter very gently into oil by the tablespoonful. Do not over-fill pot. Once the fritters float to the top, flip them around to make sure they're browned evenly. Once they're golden brown and the start to darken around the edges, fish them out onto the paper towel-lined platter with a slotted spoon. Repeat until all fritters are cooked.

  5. Allow the fritters to cool slightly. Serve them with Thai sweet chili sauce.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
71 Calories
3g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 30
Amount per serving
Calories 71
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 173mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 40mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)