Dec 13, 2011

Garlic & Pepper Veggie Balls – Perfect Appetizer

As soon as I watched this recipe in one of my favorite cooking show, I was really tempted to try it as soon as possible. I love anything which calls for garlic and freshly ground black pepper, These both gives a awesome flavour to the dishes which you make.

This is perfect as a appetizer or you could have it as a side dish for rice or roti, either way it is perfect.This is best had piping hot right from the stove. You could have it on a cold day so that it keeps you warm for a while.

I cooked this vegetable balls in the tawa which is really easy and quick to make. You could bake this is the oven as well..If you going to try it, First preheat the oven to 180°C and bake this for 30-35 mins until light golden and well seared.Then you can use it as mentioned.. I hope you are ready to give this a try and let me know how it cameout..



For Vegetable Balls:
Raw Plaintain / Valakai – 2  steam cooked and grated
Onion-1 chopped finely
Pumpkin- ½ cup grated
Cabbage- ½ cup grated
Chilli Powder-1 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi- ½ tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi- 1 tblspn
Cumin powder / Jeera Podi- 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder-1 tsp
Salt to taste
Cumin Seeds / Jeera-1 tsp
Oil-1 tblspn + 1 tblspn for frying
Cilantro / Coriander Leaves -1 tblspn

For Seasonings:
Oil-1 tblspn
Onion-3 tblspn finely chopped
Garlic- 3 tblspn chopped finely
Pepper – 1 tsp coarsely powdered
Green Chilli – 1 chopped finely
Soy Sauce -1 tsp or to taste
Curry leaves – 1 spring
Cilantro / Coriander leaves for garnishing


Take your raw banana in a steamer and steam it for 15-20 mins untill cooked. To check whether it is cooked just insert a knife and see, if the knife goes in easily the banana is cooked.Take it out and allow it to cool down.Now peel the skin off and grate it. Set aside for a moment.

Heat 1 tblspn oil in a kadai..Add in cumin seeds and allow it to splatter. Now add in onions and salt and cook till it gets golden.

Now add in pumpkin and cabbage and mix well.Cook everything for 5 mins untill the water evaporates and everything gets cooked.

Add in all dry spice powders and mix well. Add in cilantro and mix well. This is your masala.

Take cooked grated plantain in a mixing bowl and add this prepared masala in that and mix well.

Form small lime size balls out of it and set it aside.

Now heat 1 tblspn of oil in a frying pan and add these balls in it and fry on all sides for 10-15 mins till they turn golden brown. Remove this and set aside.

Now make the seasoning for this. Heat 1 tblspn oil and add in garlic and green chillies and fry for a min.

Add in curry leaves and onions and mix well.Season with salt and mix well.

Now add the fried balls in this and toss well.

Add soy sauce, pepper and cilantro to this and mix well.

Serve hot as appetizer.

Take all ur ingrediants
heat oil and crackle in cumin seeds
add in onions
and some salt
cook everything till it turns light golden
add in cabbage and pumpkin
and mix well
cook everything till it turns golden
add in spice powders
and mix well
add cilantro
and mix well...This is your masala..Allow it to cool a bit..
steam your plaintain for 15 mins and allow it to cool down
peel the skins off
and grate it
take in a bowl
add the masala in
and mix well
make small balls out of it
all shaped
now fry this in a tblspn of oil
toss well so that it gets fried on all sides
make seasoning by heating oil
add in garlic and chillies
add in curry leaves
and onions
season with some salt
and mix well
cook everything for few mins
add the balls in
and your soy sauce
and pepper
add cilantro
and mix well


  1. very delicious starter....wish i could grab that plate :)

  2. Que originales son para mi tus albóndigas. Seguro que me van a encantar. Adoro tantas especias mezcladas. un sabor delicioso. Besos

  3. Hummm...estas bolinhas abriram-me o apetite, ficaram deliciosas!

  4. Looks absolutely perfect and delicious.. awesome job dear !!
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  5. Very tasty and healthy. I love the use of raw banana. Thnaks.

  6. Wow...ur blogging spirits r really infectious...I am addicted to ur blog..Cant miss reading ur post daily...Great recipe on pepper veggie balls..

  7. Wow thats a super yummy snack , i'm trying it soon. Bookmarked this recipe

  8. Healthy dish .Everybody love this dish.I really love it.

  9. This looks good. I am bookmarking this. It works well for me when arranging party.

  10. Very nice appetizer balls....Love the way you made them without deep frying. ...yummy!

  11. I too tried this from Vahchef turned out well..Your picture tempt me to try it again..Delicious:)

  12. Impressive recipe Dear.A delish appetizer indeed.

  13. yummm! the balls came out so perfect.. i love garlicky balls!

  14. Perfect and delicious appetizer, will surely try this

  15. wow!!!looks so delicious and tempting,drooling here....

  16. I always tell you that I like cooking and I have conquered this recipe. What good! I have to do it.
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  17. They look and sound delicious but I am not sure that I would have to patience to do all that preparation. Diane

  18. Woww....These look so yummy and since they are loaded with veggies,they are totally healthy too..Very beautiful step-wise explanation and pictures..

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  19. Looks mouthwatering & spicy!! mm..yum..yum :)

  20. awesome recipe..Thanks for sharing..

  21. This is an interesting recipe Aarthi..thanks for sharing this..sounds so good.

  22. wowie!!!!! this is fantastic! I hate plantain curry, but I'm sure disguised in this form, I'd love it! Slurp!

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  23. Sounds new to me..loved the ingredients you added :)

  24. The veg balls looks so mouth-watering and tasty:)

  25. Priya's Feast..Thank you so much dear..

  26. Looks perfect and garlicky taste.....

  27. nice veg balls.. its always good to try with some local veggies than english veggies we shd never forget them.. good one dear..

  28. Nice recipe....looks yummy and tempting.

  29. very good recipe.

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  30. wow....lovely veggie balls dear...a wonderful starter for any parties :-)

  31. Very innovative recipe...sounds tasty

  32. delicious..its a must try recepie...thanks for sharing


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