Monday, November 7, 2011

Broccoli & Cheese Balls

Time has come for Ramanya - as my lil brat says for Ramayana. Ramayana is added to his favourites along with the Peppa Pig, Super why, Jake and Neverland Pirates........ This half term holidays made him inquisitive about the story of Ramayana. With Deepavali around I was trying to explain him about the importance of the festival and the way it is celebrated bla bla any other parent. I took this opportunity and started telling him the snippets of Ramayana. OMG to my surprise he came up with so many Q,  I started smiling so that I could think about the answer ;). Why did Rama go to the forest? How can Sita wear a deer's skin as her dress silly Sita he said....Why is Hanuman's mom face not like monkey face? Jatayu is a bird how can he speak?
Obviously I wanted to convey him only the good part of Ramayana as I felt that was appropriate for a 4yr old kid. Now I too got a bit confused as to should I tweak the Ramayana and say Rama's dad asked him to go and thats why he went and move on.......knowing about bias and so many wives etc might be a bit too much on a pre schooler. Am sure moms with little boys/girls would have had such exp. Please share your views and comments on this so that we all could read and enjoy those innocence....
Here comes one of our trials during holidays - For all those cheese lovers enjoy this yummy dish!

Preparation time : 10 minutes      Cooking time : 15 minutes      Makes : 15 Balls


Oil - 1 Tbsp
Onions finely chopped - 1/2 Cup
Garlic grated - 1 tsp
Green Chillies finely chopped - 2 ( optional for kids)
Broccoli finely chopped - 1 Cup
Cornflour - 2 Tbsp
Potatoes peeled, boiled and mashed - 3/4 Cup
Salt to taste
Mozzarella Cheese cut into 1 inch cubes or Paneer cubes - 15 Cubes
Bread Crumbs for rolling
Oil for deep frying


  • Heat Oil in a pan, add the Onions, Garlic and Green Chillies and saute for few minutes.
  • Add the Broccoli and saute for another 5 minutes till Broccoli is almost cooked.
  • Take off from flame, add the Cornflour, Potatoes and Salt and mix well.
  • Divide this mixture into 15 equal parts and shape it into a flat round.
  • Press a bit in the centre of each round to make a depression, place the Cheese cube in the centre and roll again to form a ball.
  • Roll these balls in the bread crumbs.
  • Meanwhile heat Oil in a pan, deep fry these balls till golden brown in colour. Drain them on a Kitchen roll and serve hot!


  1. lol, i have had similar experiences with my kids too.... i don't think we ever questioned the story like they do now :) the broccoli and cheese balls look heavenly!

  2. Thanks R for your appreciation :). U bet never did i ask so many q infact i was so much hoooked to the ramayana tv serial that used to come on SUN and just sit and watch and believed what they showed :-p

  3. Hi dear first time here and now following u.
    I make similar balls and simply love them. You surely have an inquisitive child.




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