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Cheese Balls

Cheese balls make for a great starter at any party. Serve these at a kids party and watch them disappear!

Ingredients
  • 150 grams approx 1 cup crumbled paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 2-3 tablespoons grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • 1 medium-small onion finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 2-3 drops of lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon chat masala
  • salt & pepper to taste
To stuff:
  • tiny cubes of cheese optional
For the coating
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch cornflour
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour maida
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of red chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup water or as required to make a thick batter
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
Other
  • oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Place the cornstarch and maida in a shallow bowl or flat plate. Sprinkle a little salt and a pinch red chilli powder and mix everything well. Keep a small bowl handy and approx 1/4cup of water. Once the cheese balls have been rolled into the cornstarch & maida mixture we will make the batter out of the remaining flour mixture. In another plate spread out the breadcrumbs
  2. Place the crumbled paneer, grated cheese, finely chopped ingredients (onions, green chillies, coriander), breadcrumbs, lime juice, salt, pepper, chat masala & garam masala into a bowl. Bring everything together and make gooseberry (amla) sized balls out of the mixture. Roll adequately to prevent the balls from breaking. If you wish you may insert a tiny cube of cheese in the centre of the cheeseball and seal it once again by rolling it.
  3. Roll each ball into the cornstarch & maida mixture. Keep all of them ready for the next step. If you feel that the cheese balls are a bit too soft to handle you may refrigerate them for 20-25 minutes. Otherwise, proceed to the next step
  4. Transfer the remaining flour mixture to a small bowl and add water (approx 1/4 cup) part by part and mix till you get a batter of medium thickness (if you pour it, it should fall in a steady stream). Keep a spoon and a fork handy
  5. Now gently drop the cheese balls into the bowl of batter. Using the spoon, coat it adequately with the batter a couple of times. Gently lift the coated ball and place it on the fork which you will hold with your other hand. This way, the excess batter will dribble away.
  6. Transfer the batter coated ball to the plate of breadcrumbs and coat it thoroughly using a light hand (take care to see that the cheese ball doesn't break). Repeat the process till all the cheese balls have been coated. At this point, you may either refrigerate them till you are ready to fry them or place them in an airtight, freezer safe box and freeze them for later use.
  7. To deep fry, heat sufficient oil on a medium high in a deep kadai/saucepan. When the oil is hot but not smoking, gently drop 4-5 cheeseballs into it. Fry until golden brown, then using a slotted spatula transfer them on an absorbent kitchen tissue.
  8. Serve hot with melted cheese, ketchup, green chutney or any dip/accompaniment of your choice
Recipe Notes

You may also add 1/2 cup of pre-boiled (or steamed) and coarsely ground corn kernels to the paneer mixture. It tastes delicious. You can use fresh, frozen or canned kernel. Just make sure it is ready to eat. For best results and if you own one, use a chopper to chop the onions, green chillies and coriander leaves. The finer the chopped texture the less crumbly the cheese balls will be. If the paneer is too dry and crumbly and you are unable to roll it into balls, just add 1 teaspoon of hot milk at a time and knead till you get the desired results.