Broccoli Corn Balls / No Fry Broccoli Corn Balls
Last whole week it has been pouring like crazy in Mumbai. Although we all love the monsoon weather, Mumbaikars have been petrified of this season ever since we faced the deluge in July 2005 when torrential rains led to most part of the city under water, people stuck on roads in waist deep water, also forcing the transportation system to a halt. The city that never sleeps or stops came to a standstill for almost 48 hours. Prior to this event, we always managed wading in a pool of water with much enthusiasm and joy, dealt with the traffic and delays in getting to our work, schools etc during monsoons but had never experienced anything quite like that day. July 2005 changed everything for Mumbaikars but what it couldn’t change was the undying spirit which the city proudly possesses. Like most Mumbaikars, I too was stuck in waist deep water that day, with complete strangers on the road, trying to reach home desperately. Complete strangers handed me biscuits, tea, chocolates to ensure I don’t lose energy and fall unconscious. Every day, I thank all those strangers who held my hand ensuring I don’t accidentally fall in a man hole or a pit while wading through the water and the people who helped me reach my destination safely, providing food to my hungry stomach.
Gazing at the heavy showers from my balcony, all I could think was, how kind life has been to me. I don’t have to go to work anymore, have the luxury of doing things I want to after working hard for so many years, since a very young age. I can now finally say I am happy doing things I love and yes, enjoy the rains with some food and tea in the comfort of my home.
When it comes to Monsoon and foods associated with it, visuals immediately transport you to the fried kanda bhajiya which is a Mumbaikars favourite along with piping hot vada pavs sold in almost every other lane in the city. But the heart and body wants to eat something nutritious and healthy too at the same time ensuring immunity levels are in check. So, when the A to Z challenge for this month was planned with the Alphabet ‘B’, I decided I should do something apt for monsoons – Tea time Snacks. Broccoli is what I chose as the key ingredient for the challenge and paired it with another monsoon favourite, Corn or Bhutta! This challenge was initiated by Jolly Makkar and this is our 2nd post for the challenge. We choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. If you recall, May month saw the Roasted Almond and Choco Chip Icecream for the same challenge.
The Broccoli Corn Balls are made with few drops of oil in an appe pan and are delicious, perfect for satisfying those deep fried snacks cravings. Broccoli and corn are lightly steamed, roughly chopped and mixed with boiled potatoes, basic Indian spices, salt and shaped into balls. We both at home essentially don’t require cheese in everything so refrain from adding that unless we have guests or kids visiting at home. In case you want to try, a small cube of mozzarella or cheddar cheese in the centre would taste amazing as well.
The Broccoli Corn Balls need to be absolutely served with two of my favourite accompaniments – Coriander Chutney and Aam ka Achar. Trust me, they taste amazing with aam ka achar or raw mango pickle more than ketchup. I know it’s a little high on calories but hey, I have earned a piece by not deep frying the snack!! Please cut me some slack here!
This dish is dedicated to all the Mumbaikars who have an undying spirit and open their arms and homes for strangers too. Cheers Mumbai! There is no other city I would rather be.
Interested in some other snack options from the blog that are not deep fried? Do try the following, which are my personal favourites too and apt for the monsoons.
Recipe for Broccoli Corn Balls
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time (30 mins passive) + 20 minutes
Makes 15 nos.
- 300 gms Broccoli
- 2 small sized Boiled potatoes
- 1 cup of corn
- ½ tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
- ½ tsp of Garam Masala Powder
- ¼ tsp of roasted jeera or cumin powder
- Finely chopped coriander leaves as required
- Salt as per taste
- Wash, cut and Steam broccoli for 5 minutes and keep aside. Drain excess water, if any.
- Steam the corn kernels and keep aside.
- Mash the boiled potatoes.
- In a bowl, add all the above ingredients along with salt, spices and coriander leaves.
- Mix and Mash everything well and make balls of equal size
- Refrigerate them for atleast 30 minutes before cooking them in an appe pan with few drops of oil on a medium flame.
- Serve hot with ketchup, chutneys of your choice.
- I have not used any binding ingredient like semolina, flour, bread crumbs etc except potatoes. It is completely gluten free and vegan.
- You can add a variety of ingredients like grated carrot, boiled green peas etc to the above recipe. Adjust the quantity of potatoes or add bread crumbs or flour if you like, to bind it well.
- You can add paneer or crumbled tofu too to the recipe to make it more healthy and nutritious for kids.
- You can brush some oil and air fry too.
- Making this for a party? – Make the balls and refrigerate it overnight and just cook them before guests are arriving. Stays good in the refrigerator for couple of days.
- Got leftovers of these? – Mash them and grill them between sandwich bread slices. Serve with chutney.