Spinach cheese balls curry

balls in gravyJunior has signed up for drama club and the first play he is doing is the timeless Wizard of Oz. He is quite proud on having been selected and is pretty sincere on attending all the rehearsals.

He plays a monkey.

Well, it’s better than playing a tree, he explains.

So he has been going to all the rehearsals only to realize he is not needed in them. Then he gets totally confused and misses the rehearsals that he is needed in. So his teacher writes to me that unless he attends the upcoming rehearsals this week, he will be out. So he now knows which ones he does need to attend. At least for this week.

Talk about real drama.

The dish I am posting today can also look a bit dramatic. It’s got all the good of greens hiding a delicious core of crumbled Indian cottage cheese or paneer as we know it.

Its called Shyam Savera. Translated: Evening Morning.

 

Prepare the paneer with cilatro , green chilies, salt

Prepare the paneer with cilatro , green chilies, salt

Crumbled paneer and pureed spinach

Crumbled paneer and pureed spinach

gram flour

Add gram flour

Make balls and refrigerate

Make balls and refrigerate

 

Preprare the stuffing

prepare the stuffing

stuff the earlier prepared refrigerated balls

 

Close the edges around the stuffing

Close the edges around the stuffing

close the mouth completely

seal the mouth completely

refrigerate for 2 more hours

 

the fried green balls

 

You can have the stuffed balls as a tea time snack. Goes really well with some plain old tomato ketchup. Else, make a gravy and it becomes a full comfort meal.

 

spinach balls with paneer

 

spinach balls in a gravy plate

You can deep fry the balls, but often, I prefer shallow frying them. For this one, I deep fried them.

the details

 

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Spinach cheese balls curry
 
Succulent cheese filled spinach balls in creamy gravy
Ingredients
For the spinach balls
  • 4-5 c packed baby spinach, washed, steamed,pureed, refrigerated.
  • ¼ cup besan (gram flour)
  • 2 cups of freshly made paneer
  • handful of finely chopped cilantro
  • 4 thai green chilies
  • salt to taste
  • ---
For the gravy:
  • 2 cups finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 cup whipped yogurt
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • oil
Instructions
Make the balls:
  1. Mix the besan (gram flour), spinach puree, salt, ½ cup paneer: Make a dough. Divide into 1-1/2 inch diameter balls, refrigerate for 24 hours, covered.
  2. Mash cheese with fork and mix cilantro, chili, salt.
  3. Stuff ½ tsp cheese into the spinach balls, rolls once more and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. Shallow fry in oil.
  5. -
For the gravy:
  1. Heat Oil, season with cumin seeds, and once they splatter, add onions.
  2. As the onions soften, add tomatoes.
  3. Add coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder
  4. Slowly add the yogurt. Mix well.
  5. Once the yogurt blends in, add one cup of water, bring to a boil, and then simmer till oil leaves sides. The consistency should be creamy.
  6. Gently add the spinach balls, spooning the gravy over them to completely cover green orbs of spinach.
  7. Garnish with cream and finely chopped cilantro.
Note:
  1. To make fresh paneer, heat 1 gallon of milk. Once it comes to boil, add ¼ cup white vinegar. Strain in a cheese cloth over a colander. Yeild about 3 cups of fresh cheese/paneer.
  2. Blanch the spinach in boiling water, then dip it in chilled water to retain the color of the spinach.

 

10 comments for “Spinach cheese balls curry

  1. March 10, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    I remember my high school play – The Man Who Came to Dinner. I hated all those rehearsals. I hope he breaks a leg. 🙂 [theatre talk]

    These spinach cheese balls are delightful. I would like them fried but in the sauce looks amazing.
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    • March 11, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      hehehe! He does love his rehearsals, just that he can’t seem to be able to keep track of them. Thanks Maureen 🙂 I like them in sauce too, but they are great for evening snacks as well.
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  2. March 11, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    These look so delicious. A wonderful snack that’s really tasty. GG

  3. March 11, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    A monkey is better than any part I ever scored in a school play! 🙂 This looks like a great dish — spinach and paneer are soul mates, and I love the curry flavors of this. Really good — thanks.
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  4. March 11, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Yeh to. You can even have as pakoras with chai. It’ll be mast. 😀
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  5. March 12, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Good on him for getting involved. How great that he is a monkey and I do hope he manages to work out the rehearsal schedule. Poor little guy! I remember being in a production where I was a tree. I had to stand on stage and hold a hand-painted cardboard tree in front of me and not move. Not a lot of talent required there! Your spinach curry looks so good xx
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    • March 13, 2015 at 12:56 PM

      Oh lol!! So it IS better than being a tree, lol! Thanks Charlie 🙂

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