Friday, 9 July 2010

Spinach Balls

Green Vegetable Balls/Spinach Balls

Have you had days when you start attempting a recipe and you end up with something completely different? Often, the result is great! Well, this is one such recipe. I was hoping to make patties or cutlet like stuff but ended up with something different. I try to make healthy snacks so we do not get empty calories and awful fat etc. For this recipe I chose to use some beans (pinto), spinach, coriander and potatoes. You can use peas in addition or to replace the beans or you could use some other bean like red kidney beans etc. I found this dish has a very unique taste and was quite new to me. Here is how I did it…

3 medium sized potatoes well boiled

2-3 green chillies

Generous handful of coriander leaves

Generous handful of spinach

2-3 tablespoon of cooked beans or peas

½ cup breadcrumbs (you may need more depending on how watery your vegetables are)

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

½ teaspoon each - coriander powder, cumin powder, chilly powder

¼ teaspoon garam masala (increase or omit based on preference)

2 tablespoon crumble dressing (if not available, just keep more bread crumbs handy)

Salt to taste

Cooking oil

In a food processor blend all ingredients except oil. If you take the mixture in a spoon it should just about drop. Do not panic if it is slightly more watery, try to adjust with the breadcrumbs.

Heat the ‘kuzhipaniyara koodu’ (you can find more information on this on the post low fat vegetable balls ) and add less than a teaspoon oil in each hole or pit.

Sprinkle the top of the batter with crumble dressing (which is rusk powder) and using a spoon just lift some of the batter and drop in the ‘kuzhipaniyara koodu’ once the oil has heated.

Keep turning each ball within its hole/pit to ensure even cooking. Cook until it has browned.

Serve hot with ketchup or just by itself.

This is quite a wholesome snack as it has carbohydrates from potatoes, iron from spinach, protein from the beans andother vitamins and antioxidants from the rest of the vegetables.

1 comment:

  1. this is awesome! it looks most similar to the usual bondas..bread crumbs are a great trick!