Cheese Balls, Veg Starter
by Tarla Dalal
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Cheese Balls is a starter that always tops the charts! It is a great hit with everybody, all thanks to the cheesy mouth-feel and peppy flavour.
You need just common ingredients like flour, bread crumbs, cheese and flavour-givers like coriander and green chillies. A bit of tact is needed in shaping the balls – but once you get that right, your Cheese Balls will be a sureshot success.
After dividing the mixture into equal portions, smoothen each portion and then shape it into a ball to avoid cracks from forming. Also, make sure you do the steps one after the other without a long gap, because when the mixture is kept out for a long time, it dries up.
Relish this snack at tea-time, or serve it at cocktail parties . You can also try other starters like Fried Vegetable Balls, Starter or Eggplant Chaat .
- Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl along with approx. 2 tbsp of water and mix very well.
- Divide the mixture into 35 equal portions and shape each portion into a ball.
- Heat the oil and deep-fry a few balls at time on a medium flame till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper.
- Serve immediately with chilli sauce.
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To prepare the mixture for cheese balls, in a deep bowl take grated processed cheese. Cheddar, Mozzarella cheese or a combination of cheese can also be used.
Add fresh bread crumbs. It not only absorbs excess moisture from the mixture but also helps in binding ingredients. There are many ways to prepare cheese balls but this one is the simplest.
Add plain flour. Both corn flour and plain flour help in making the cheesy balls crispy.
Add finely chopped green chillies. Green chilli paste, paprika powder or chilli flakes can also be used to provide a spicy kick to cheese balls.
Add finely chopped coriander. Additionally, you can add a myriad of finely chopped vegetables like capsicum, carrots, onions, bell peppers for a crunch and colour.
Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Add salt carefully as cheese already has salt in it.
Add approx. 2 tbsp of water and mix very well. Check the mixture for seasoning and add more salt or pepper as required.
To prepare veg starter cheese balls, divide the mixture into 35 equal portions and shape each portion into a ball. Make sure there are no cracks on the cheese balls. If preparing for a party or for guests, you can shape & freeze the cheese balls until frying.
For frying cheese balls, heat the oil and carefully place a few cheese bread balls in the oil. To check if the oil is hot or not, drop a little mixture and if it comes up easily (after a few seconds) and you see small sizzling bubbles then the oil is ready to fry the cheese balls. If the mixture does not come up easily, the oil is not hot & if the mixture comes up quickly, the oil is more hot. So adjust the temperature accordingly to fry the cheese balls evenly.
Deep-fry bread cheese balls on a medium flame till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides. Ensure the pan is not crowded or else the cheesy balls will stick to each other and break. Also, don’t stir the balls for a minute after adding them into the hot oil to prevent them from disintegrating.
Drain veg cheese balls on an absorbent paper.
Serve cheese balls immediately with chilli sauce. Paneer Cheese Balls, Corn Cheese Balls, Schezwan Cheese Balls, Pasta Cheese Balls are some other cheese ball recipes that you would love. Cheese balls can be served as a starter or party snack with a myriad of dips, ketchup or coriander mint chutney.
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