This dish is a treat for all vegetarians. It is a little time consuming but with my tips i am sure you can find the time to make this special dish. I have used mock duck for this.. Mock duck is available in cans. This recipe is a complete nutritional recipe because of all the vegetables it contains. It might look complicated but i assure you it is not . Do try this vegetable out and give me feedback 🙂
FOR THE VEGETABLE BALLS (KOFTAS)
1 can of mock duck
4 slices of grated bread, you can use white or whole meal bread
1/2 cup of grated cabbage
1/4 cup of grated carrots
1 tablespoon of Nitu Didi garam masala
salt to taste
1 tablespoon of grated ginger
chopped chillies and coriander leaves
1/2 cup of grated white cheese or paneer ( i used happy cow cheese triangles)
a pinch of Nitu Didi turmeric powder
Oil for deep frying
FOR THE CREAMY SPINACH SAUCE
300 grams of spinach, washed amd chopped ( i used fresh spinach) for those of you in spain its 1 bag of mercadona or consum spinach
6 tablespoons of whole milk, or soya milk
2 onions chopped roughly
1 green chilli or more if you like it hot
1/4″ piece ginger
4 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of Nitu Didi garam masala powder
Fresh cream as needed
salt to taste
TO MAKE THE BALLS
Mix all the ingredients for the balls except the cheese/paneer. Mix the grated cheese/paneer with a pinch of salt and turmeric powder separately. Shape the vegetable/mock duck mixture into balls. Flatten them and place a bit of the grated cheese/paneer mixture in and seal the top with your palms to make into a ball. Deep fry in hot oil till golden brown. To fry to perfection first heat the oil, take a small ball of the mixture in your hand and drop into the oil. If it fries perfectly fine, if it disintegrates add more grated bread or some breadcrumbs.
FOR THE CREAMY SPINACH GRAVY
Steam the spinach and remove any excess water and then grind to a paste when cool. For grating the vegetables and grinding the spinach i use my amazing bullet.
Cook the onions with the ginger and green chillies with a cup of water till the onions and soft and mushy. Drain the onions and grind into a paste when cool.
Heat the butter in a pan and add the onion paste and cook till it starts changing color. Add the garam masala and the ground spinach and cook till you can see the butter begin to surface. Check seasoning and correct. Add some cream and let it come to a boil.
To serve: Heat the spinach gravy and put into a serving dish and place the halved fried vegetable balls on the top.
NITU DIDI TIP:
The sauce and the balls can be made in advance and then to serve just heat the sauce and the balls separately in the microwave and then proceed to serve the dish.
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How to make garam masala: