Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo's recipe for Mexican style Corn Chowder

Published Monday, Mar 2 2015, 12:18 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Masterchef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo is one of our favourite cooks and we love this recipe of hers for Mexican-style corn chowder.

Shelina Permaloo's Mexican style Corn Chowder for Sainsbury's Love your freezer campaign

© Sainsburys

Shelina's devised it specially to take advantage of convenient frozen veg - and the garlic, peppers and sweetcorn in this recipe can all be used straight from the freezer, with no need to defrost.

It couldn't be more convenient - or easy - to make and this is one recipe we'll be trying very, very, soon.


  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 15g frozen garlic by Sainsbury's
  • 100g Sainsbury's mixed frozen peppers
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1tbsp crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 chipotle chilli (pre-soaked in hot water for 15 minutes, drained and finely chopped)
  • A dash of Worcester sauce (1-2tsbp)
  • 2 medium potatoes cut into 1inch cubes
  • 800g frozen sweetcorn
  • A couple of bay leaves
  • 400ml chicken stock (or vegetarian stock)
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk
  • Soured cream, fresh coriander and jalapeños for serving (optional)


1. Place a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the olive oil, spring onions, garlic, pepper, spices, chilli, and bay leaves and cook for five minutes, until they have softened

2. Stir in the potatoes, half of the sweetcorn (400g), the stock, salt and Worcester sauce

3. Bring the mixture to a boil before reducing the heat to allow it to simmer for around 15 minutes

4. Whilst this is simmering, puree the remaining sweetcorn with the milk in a blender until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little water to help loosen it

5. Stir the sweetcorn puree into the soup along with some black pepper and simmer for five to ten minutes, or until the soup thickens

6. Serve with soured cream, jalapeños or a garnish of your choice

Prep Time

Prep & cook time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 6 people as a starter or 4 as a main
Per single starter serving:
Kcals: 247
Fat (g): 7
Sat fat (g): 1
Protein (g): 10
Fibre (g): 4.5
Carbs (g): 36
Sugar (g): 6
Salt (g): 0.4

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