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POTATO BALLS

August 26, 2011 9:57 am 0 comments

Potato balls are a trendy dish liked by most of the kids. This classic dish is prepared by boiling the potatoes, mashed and mixed with chopped green onions, grated carrot, spiced with fresh ground black pepper, mayonnaise and yoghurt; made into small balls and deep fried until crispy and crunchy. Taste best with any sauce or chutney.

Potatoes are considered as comfort food which is liked by most of the people either it is boiled, baked or fried. It is an important food staple and number one vegetable crop in the world. Potatoes are available year-round as they are harvested somewhere every month of the year.

Potato balls are easy to prepare and is a great addition for breakfast, brunch or tea time and can also be easily carried in lunch packs or served for small parties. Potato balls are yummy deep fried mashed potato balls which can also have a stuffing of mozzarella cheese in the center. This of course would not be a regular item and is good for an occasional treat or a party appetizer as potato is a rich carbohydrate source. Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy.

Most of the appetizers and snacks from the Indian cuisine are made with a very modern addition to the Indian meal to suit the taste of the people. The essence of Indian cuisine mainly lies in the aroma of spices that are blended together and added to enhance the flavor and nutrition of each dish. There are a variety of Indian snacks that are popularly made with potatoes and are favorite to many which includes the aloo tikki, Alu Vadi, Potato Cutlets, Aloo Bhonda, Aloo Noodle Cutlet etc. Indian curries are typically named after the main ingredient, for example potato curry or chicken curry which are quite common in most of the restaurant. Potato based curries like Sukha Aloo, Potato Fry, Aloo Aur Kheema Cutlet are fairly dry stir fry dish liked by kids a lot.

For preparing these crispy and crunchy potato balls, firstly wash and boil the potatoes. Once they cool, peel the skin and mash the potatoes adding spices to it. Put a pan or kadai on gas over low heat and add about 2 tsps of cooking oil. When the oil gets hot, add the potato mixture and stir all the ingredients together until you are sure that everything is mixed well together. Then cook for about 5 minutes.

Now take it off the gas and let the potatoes mixture cool down for 5-10 minutes. Then squeeze in the bread and mix it well into the potato mixture. With your hands take some potato mixture and roll it into a ball of the size you desire. Same ways makes the number of balls you get from the potato mixture and keep aside.

Heat some cooking oil in a deep frying pan. When the oil get hot, put in the potato balls and fry until they turn golden brown and crispy. Place all the fried potato balls in a presentable dish and serve hot with tomato sauce, chilli sauce or any mint coriander chutney.

Potato balls make an excellent crunchy and crispy dish which your kids will surely love to relish. Do try this recipe do click on the below link for detailed recipe:

www.vahrehvah.com/Potato+Balls:2928

Apart from delighting your taste buds, potatoes are good for all those you wish to put on weight. Potatoes are also a rich source of Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. Potatoes are underground tubers, meaning that they store all the vitamins and minerals needed for growing new potato plants in spring.

The health benefits do not impair the taste but it makes it have a creamy texture and fantastic flavor. Floury potatoes can become light and fluffy when cooked and are high in starch. Potatoes are typically loaded with calorie-laden fats such as butter, sour cream and melted cheese. Hence many cut the extra fat and deep frying, and a typical baked potato is said to be a healthy high-fiber food.

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