This is one recipe I have been wanting to blog this past month. I first tasted these delicious chicken balls at a friend’s place, whose mother-in-law is a cook par excellence. My queries on its preparation made Chandralekha Aunty invite me into her kitchen to share this recipe along with another dish, an Andhra sweet delicacy which I will also blog about soon.
Boneless chicken pieces, onions, fresh coriander leaves, green and dry red chillis, ginger, garlic, cashewnuts and roasted spices are ground to smooth paste and shaped into bite sized balls and deep fried (can be grilled too). The grilled balls are absolutely perfect on their own and offer a healthy alternative but nothing to beat the crisp deep fried version.
Chicken masala balls have a hot and spicy aroma that fills the room while being cooked and a flavor that makes these party appetizers almost impossible to resist. I have made this recipe twice these past few days and I can tell you, it’s a keeper, guaranteed to add flavor to a festive day like Kanuma. Serve as a snack/appetizer or as a side dish with rice and curry.
Chicken Masala Balls Recipe
Recipe Source: Mrs. Chandralekha Sunkara
Prep & Cooking: 30-40 mts
Makes approx 30 balls
1/2 kg boneless chicken pieces, cleaned and washed
1 large onion finely sliced
8-10 fresh green chillis
5-6 dry red chillis (adjust according to your choice)
15 garlic flakes
3″ piece ginger chopped
small bunch coriander leaves, chopped
3 tbsps coriander seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
2″ cinnamon stick
3 green cardamoms
salt to taste
oil for deep frying
1 Heat a tbsp of oil in cooking vessel. Add the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cardamom, cloves, cinnamom, red chillis and cashewnuts and stir for a minute till a nice aroma emanates the whole kitchen. Be careful not to burn the spices. Cool.
2 First grind the roasted ingredients along with ginger, garlic and green chillis to a coarse paste. Next add the chopped raw onions, coriander leaves, chicken and salt and grind further to form a smooth paste like shown in the picture above.
2 Add a tbsp of oil to the ground mixture and mix thoroughly before shaping into small lemon sized balls.
3 Heat oil for deep frying. Once its piping hot, reduce flame to medium and place these balls in the oil and fry them to a crisp, golden brown color.
4Serve hot with tomato sauce or green chutney.
The green and red chillis can be adjusted according to your spice level. The chicken balls can also be grilled for a more healthy version.