Monday, October 3, 2011

Cheese Stuffed Potato Bombs

With the advent of the festival season in India it is really time to  treat ourselves to some sweet & savory snacks & try get into the festival spirit. My Mom who is not computer savvy (like many of our moms I guess ) relies on my brother to show her my new posts on the blog. One such moment when I was chatting with my family and my Mom was  looking at my posts ,she found a surprise element in my blog. Yes she was really surprised that I had no Indian sweets, Indian meals or snack  posts ( with the exception of Dahi Pyaaz Curry) in my blog , everything that I had been so famous for, my so called signature dishes that are my family favorites & am asked to prepare those every time I visit India. Hmmm......Good Point Mom,  probably I think I just took all those everyday delicacies for granted & indulged more in cakes & baking as I love learning & trying new recipes. But the advent of the festival season, the  bare footed chill creeping in silently, no sunshine for the last few days,  & above all My Mom's desire are reasons enough to indulge in some sinful sweets & savories. So here  I come with one of my family's all time most favorite snack ......potato cutlets or potato bombs as I called them here:


2 -3 boiled & mashed potatoes
1 small onion finely chopped
3-4 green chillies finely chopped
8-10 strands of Fresh cilantro finely chopped
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp mango powder
1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder
Salt & red chili powder to taste
Bread crumbs from 1 slice of bread ( I used the shredder attachment to shred 1 slice of fresh white bread)
2 tablespoon fresh cheese for stuffing ( I used Mozzarella )
1/2 cup sesame seeds for rolling the potato balls
Oil for frying


For the filling:

Add some salt & black pepper , very little chopped cilantro to the cheese & keep aside.

Potato Balls: 

For the potato balls mix everything together with the potatoes with the exception of sesame seeds,  bread crumbs, onion, green chili, cilantro and the dry spices. Mix well light handedly , if there are bits & pieces of potato left that is fine . You can also grease your hands with some oil  if the mixture is too sticky . Roll it into a dough like ball. Now divide the potato mixture into 10-12 equal parts or you can do it just by taking enough mixture that can be rolled in the palms of your hands. Flatten this potato mix a little &  put about 1/2 tsp of the cheese mix in the centre , close it off  from all sides & roll it into a ball. Now roll the ball into the sesame seeds thoroughly. Repeat the same process with all balls.
Heat oil in a deep frying dish & fry the potato balls on high heat until they turn golden brown.
Serve with ketchup or chutney of your choice.


Note: You can make of filling of your choice , i sometimes also do it with vegetables.
          Also I have rolled some balls in bread crumbs & sesame seed mixture as I ran out of sesame seeds.
          You can also roll them in a shape of your choice.
          Hubby loved the ones rolled in sesame seeds..hope you guys will enjoy it too.

             Linking this to Anu's Diwali-Festival Of Lights-Diwali Event