Tuesday 6 April 2010

Crispy Veggie balls.

Crispy Veggie balls in pitta bread- Fresh vegetables cooked and flavoured in a blend of mild aromatic spices rolled into balls and encased in breadcrumbs. Shallow fried with minimum oil to make them crispy brown and golden. All served in warm pitta bread with a garnish of healthy garden salad and sauces.

2 medium potatoes
4 oz frozen or fresh green peas
1 large carrot or 2 small
4 oz frozen or fresh sweet corn
2 green chillies finely chopped (optional-omit for children)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons corn flour
4 tablespoons bread crumbs
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs for coating the veggie balls in
1 tablespoon sunflower oil for cooking
2 tablespoons sunflower oil for shallow frying

For serving:

4 pitta bread
1 bowl mixed salad finely chopped (carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce,)
Apple chutney


1. Peel and grate the potatoes.
2. Coarsely grind the peas and sweet corn
3. Peel and grate the carrot.
4. In a pan heat one tablespoon oil, add the potatoes, carrots, peas and sweet corn.
5. Stir fry for 6-8 minutes till cooked.
6. Add the salt, chillies, turmeric, chilli powder and lemon juice and stir fry for 2 more minutes.
7. Cool the mixture and once cooled add the corn flour and bread crumbs and mix in.
8. Make 16 small ping pong ball sized balls from the mixture.

9 .In a dish place the bread crumbs, roll the balls in the breadcrumbs to coat them. (You may dip balls in milk prior to rolling in breadcrumbs if you finds crumbs are not sticking) Chill the breadcrumb coated balls in the fridge for 30 minutes.(This step is important to stop balls falling apart when shallow frying.)
10. After half hour oil an appam pan and allow to heat up. Place the balls in the appam holes and cook on medium heat turning intermittently to ensure veggie balls are cooked golden brown all over. Takes approx 5-7 minutes.
11. Drain on kitchen paper and repeat process for remaining veggie balls.

To serve:

1. Place the pitta bread in the toaster and toast lightly.
2. Split open the centre; fill with the crispy veggie balls, top with salad and apple chutney and sweet red pepper chilli sauce. Serve immediately.

NB-You may change the vegetables to suit your taste and tortillas wraps or rotis can be substituted for pitta bread .If you don't have an appam pan ,crispy veggie balls can be shallow fried in an ordinary frying pan.

You may like falafel.


  1. Sounds yummy and delicious...

  2. new dish..looks too good..will give a try:-)

  3. snap is too tempting..i just loved sec snap... great recipe and this is bookmarked.. :)

  4. These look like a great afternoon snack!

  5. These look like a great afternoon snack!

  6. wow! looks and sounds better than any restaurant class wrap :-) the intro sounded like a menu teaser :-)

  7. wow! looks and sounds better than any restaurant class wrap :-) the intro sounded like a menu teaser :-)

  8. Wow...the vegi balls looks so crispy and yummy...so delicious in the sandwich :)

  9. Sounds yummy and delicious...

  10. Liked ur idea of frying in these cute pans, simply awesome, it wont be greasy at all.

  11. I think I can eat that veggie ball all by itself and it will never reach pita bread. And can you believe, while you said appam pan above, I was like "hmm... where would I get it" as I have seen quite a few people using it and it looks useful and right down below that, you said where to get it. It was like you read my mind :)

  12. MMMMM.Very tempting. Healthy toooo.Super shot yaar.

  13. Yummy veggie balls,,, and good use of paniyaram pan...


  14. Hope you don't mind if I suggest you, one more item with this dish.
    You can make a garlic gravy with onions, garlic,chilly,soy sauce and add corn flour to thicken it.
    Then add these lovely balls into it to make Veg Balls in hot garlic sauce. Garnish with spring onions. Goes well with chapathy,pratha etc etc.

  15. @suhaina wow thanks will definately try this tip of placing balls in gravy.

  16. WOW! lovely veggie balls,simply superb!!

  17. @ priya I too had a dilema where to get this pan a few weeks back after much searching I laid my hands on one and am finding varied uses for it.I am going to try handwo in it next time.
    In India this is readily available in most large kitchen ware stockists ,or else on line from amazon or in Uk where I am the you can get from address I provided below recipe.

  18. looks superb,love the way its done and very tempting pics of pita wraps...

  19. Veg ball looks so tempting..
    Its healthy too as it not deep fried !!

  20. healthy yumm veggie balls..would love to have them as my evening snack..use it as pita filling is a cool idea..

  21. Veggie balls looks utterly delicious and prefect...feel like having that wrap, truly tempting..

  22. Nayna,

    Nice dish less oil use. i like it.

  23. a great snack recipe.. and loved your idea of using appam pan for shallow frying...

  24. Crispy and yummy veggie balls!! Nice recipe..

  25. These look really good! Nice and crispy on the outside and delicious on the inside!

  26. This is such a crowd pleaser,thoughtfully prepared and cooked with so much love! Yum!

  27. Yummm! Totally cool way to eat your veggies.


  28. crispy Veggie balls looks delisious...and u have a nice blog...and all the recipes are well presented.....

  29. The crispy veggie balls look tempting. This is new to me and something interesting which needs a try-out.

  30. nice delicious veggie balls in that bread!!! looks appetizing!!!

  31. Looks very delicious n healthy. This gives me an idea to make something for my SB diet.

  32. hmmmmm, you are using your pan aren't you? veggie balla looks superb and delicious..

  33. Those look yummy! Your appam pan looks a bit like an aebelskiver pan we have. I wonder if our pan would work the same as yours. It looked like in the link an appam pan has a lid but it didn't look like you steamed the veggie balls so I'm thinking that maybe the aebelskiver would work.

  34. Do you think baking them would work?


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