Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chicken and Egg Balls


Eid celebrations are colossal in scale in the Arab countries. I remember some of shopping craze I witnessed as a child during this season. For eg, watching an Arab and his considerably large family push several shopping carts loaded with eatables to the billing counter, including a cart that contained only tins and tins of condensed milk! They must have been planning one hell of a party!



I do not normally celebrate Eid; but it bothers me that while many people around the world enjoy some seriously good food on the festival day, I may be trying to down a rather sad and ordinary meal. Eid calls for mean non vegetarian meals, no rabbit food please, thankyou! So, in addition to a chicken biriyani, I decide to make a starter which has chicken, eggs, cheese, herbs and spices in it. Can you beat that?


Chicken and Egg Balls

You will need
Around 8 eggs, hardboiled and shelled
350 grams minced chicken
1/2 an onion, chopped finely 
A handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried kasuri methi
1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder + a pinch extra
To taste, salt
4 tablespoons plain flour +  a few pinches extra
1/2 cup bread crumbs
A few drops of water
Oil to deep fry

Method:

Mix together minced chicken, onion, cheese, worcestershire sauce, kasuri methi, pepper powder, red chili powder, garam masala, coriander leaves salt and two tablespoons of plain flour.(If you are not sure about the seasoning, you can fry a teaspoon of chicken mix, do a taste test, and adjust seasoning.)

Make a smooth paste using two tablespoons plain flour and water.


Place a tablespoon of the chicken mix on a plastic wrap or similarly thin sheet of plastic. Spread it out using your fingers, so that you have a thin and even layer of chicken mix.

Dust some plain flour on the egg. Stand the egg upright in the middle of the spread out chicken mix. Bring together the ends of the plastic wrap such that the chicken encloses the egg. Twist together the open ends of the wrap as if you were wrapping a toffee, such that it opens at one end only.

Remove the wrap carefully. Coat the egg with plain flour paste. Next roll it in read crumbs. Repeat for all the eggs.

Deep fry one egg at a time in oil over a medium heat. (Using too high a heat will brown the outside too soon without the chicken getting cooked properly. Too low a heat will make the balls too oily).

Remove fried eggs with a slotted spoon and drain excess oil on a paper towel. Quarter each egg. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and chili powder each on the eggs, and serve with tomato ketchup.


Hope you enjoy your Chicken and Egg Balls and Eid Mubarak!

12 comments:

  1. That is awesome... I make this chicken mince often but never wrap around a hard boiled egg.. Superb idea:) Loved it..
    Reva

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  2. Are you in a cooking mood...? Chicken and Egg Balls look very delicious..... That beautiful dish adds up its taste.....

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  3. great idea!will try it soon :)

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  4. Eid Mubarak to you too. Glad you jumped onto the bandwagon. An aunt of mine used to make something similar. I think they were called nargisi Koftas {after the nargisi flowers/daffodils of Kashmir I was once told!}...and then immersed them is a onion gravy. Your prep looks delicious!

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  5. Thanks Reva & Neets, I hope you will try it out and let me know if you liked it....

    Acha, yes, I think I got into a cooking mood.

    Thanks Deeba....I like the name nargisi koftas, sounds exotic.

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  6. This looks absolutely delicious and I love eggs so you can imagine how much I am loving this.

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  7. Looks gr8 Indu...So many posts for Eid.........

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  8. Those look really yummy, can you make them without deep frying them?

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  9. Hi Charissa, not sure it can be done without deep frying. I don't think it will be possible to brown the entire thing without deep frying.

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  10. this looks beautiful...i want to try this out...what can I substitute cheese with?my daughter had diary allergy..just wanted know if cheese is important in this dish...do let me know...lovely blog
    cherie

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  11. Yes Charishma. You can skip the cheese.

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