Dec 27, 2010

Garlic and Pepper Vegetable Balls

For this Christmas I wanted to make some thing special as my family is gathering at my home. Then I have browsed for some appetizers and finally liked this special one at Vah Reh Vah  cooking web site. I have made two versions one is less spicy for kids and other one covered with spicy Manchurian sauce for Big people (that's what my son calls the Adults :-) ).

Source: Vah Reh Vah web site.  Vah Chef used Plantains as the main ingredient. I have replaced them with Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes. Enjoy!

Potatoes - 3 Medium
Sweet Potato - 1 Medium
Peas - 1/2 Cup Frozen
Carrots - 3 medium
Long Squash - 1/2 Medium size
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cashew Nuts - 1 Tbsp
Chili Powder - 1 Tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
All Purpose Flour - 1/4 cup
Egg - 1
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Coriander Powder - 1/4 Cups

Manchurian Sauce:
Soy Sauce -  1Tbsp
Garlic - 5 to 6 cloves
Ginger - 1 inch stick
Chilies - 3 to 4 long chilies
Hot Chili Sauce -  1 Tbsp
Garlic Red Chili Sauce- T Tbsp
Red Pepper Flakes - 1 tsp
Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Red Onion - 1/2 medium
Oil - 1 Tsp
Soy Sauce - 1 Tbsp ( based on the consistency)

1. Take water in a big bowl and boil the Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes for 13 minutes in the microwave.
2. Mean while grate carrots and long squash and keep them separately.
3. Take the Oil in the pan add Cumin Seeds and then Grated Carrots
4. Squeeze the Long squash and take out the water and add that to the pan ( save this water and add it to the Manchurian sauce)
5. Add Chili Powder, Coriander Powder and Salt to the mixture in the pan
6. Mean while grate the Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes keep them aside
7. Once the raw smell of the vegetables is gone add the cashew nuts and potato mixture to the pan
8. Add the chopped coriander to mixture and take it off the stove
9. Add the egg to mixture and all purpose flour. Keep it aside for 15 minutes.
10. Make the balls (small dumplings) and arrange them in the baking pan . Bake them at 350 F for 20 minutes and Broil them at the end for 5 minutes.

Preparation for Manchurian Sauce:
1. Take the Pan and add oil and put it on the stove
2. Add Chopped Chilies, Garlic  and Ginger and fry for 1 minutes
3. Add the Chopped Red Onions to the pan, once the onions becomes translucent add the soy sauce
4. Add the salt, black pepper and red Pepper flakes
5. Add the Ketchup, chilie Sauce and Garlic Sauce.
6. Mix all the ingredients in the pan on high flame
7. Taste and add any other salt or chili sauce accordingly.
8. Add the Chopped Cilantro and Spring Onions.

Once the Vegetable balls cool enough add them to the Sauce and mix them gently ( with out breaking) so that the manchurian sauce gets coated on to the balls evenly.  Transfer them to the platter and garnish with Spring Onions.

For Kids:
1. Save some vegetable balls for the kids and serve them with ketchup as a evening snack
2. Your 2 servings of vegetables can be served with this
3. As lot of vegetables has been used in this and they are not deep fried, it sure will be a healthy , colorful snack for your little one plate.

Serving Tip:
These can be served as an appetizer followed by your wok entries ( rice or noodles) or evening snack followed by hot Coffee. ;-) Hmmm, sounds Yum! Yum! Yum!.

When I make this or Veg Cutlets I use the vegetables double portion to make the mixture double. I save half of the mixture to make patties with it and freeze them for later. Once you are ready to eat the patties shallow fry or roast them on tawa  (pan) and enjoy your veg burgers.


  1. wow its choo nice,,,,,

    thanks my dear,,,

  2. I was just glancing through your popular posts. Lovely recipes! Garlic & pepper veggie balls looks amazing!! You mad me hungry ;) Eagerly waiting to see more of ur creative recipes !

  3. Absolutely awesome! These yummy delights r not just for kids, I love them too ;)



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