Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Vegan balls with cumin

This is a recipe based on one of the first recipes I learned to prepare when I was about eight. 
It has so many variants that you won't believe. 
I invented several I'm proud of and are on my Romanian blog (reteteindraznete.blosgpost). All of them are utterly delicious. 

At the origins, it contained eggs - loads of them - and as spices only black pepper.  

Some of my colleagues asked me for it, so here it is. Totally vegan and could also be gluten free if you substitute the (grain) flour with chickpeas/rice/corn flour.

Great as appetisers (at parties) or used as a main dish.

Disclaimer: the pictures are from different recipes. I don't have enough time to take pictures when I'm cooking now. I used to spend five-seven hours to prepare and publish a recipe on my Romanian blog. 
I have a proper job now. :D 



Degree of difficulty: Medium/High - depends on your experience


Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking time: 20 - 30 min
Total: 35 – 45 min
Servings: around 30 - 35 balls

INGREDIENTS

5 potatoes - (white, red, it doesn't matter; just not sweet potatoes
3 big carrots
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds or powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon of garlic - powder or two crushed cloves or even green leaves
½ teaspoon of coriander - powder
100 mg of flour – or more. It really depends on many things 

You'll also need 200 – 300 ml of oil for frying (your choice: sunflower, olive, rice, almonds, coconut, etc.),  or even better, you could bake them, and you won't need the oil.
1 tablespoon salt (to taste)


Optional
2 tablespoons of sesame seed (or other seeds)
½ tablespoon of chilli powder
fresh parsley
You'll also need 200 – 300 ml of oil for frying (your choice: sunflower, olive, rice, almonds, coconut, etc.),  or even better, you could bake them, and you won't need the oil.


PREPARATION

Wash and peel the potatoes and carrots (I sometimes don't peel them if they organic)
Grate them on the large holes of a box grater or in a food processor. - I suggest squeezing as much moisture out of the potatoes as possible – use your both hands. :p. Carrots don't need squeezing 



Dump everything into a bowl




Add the salt, cumin, flour, spices, plus whatever you feel like it, mixed all together and prepare the balls. If you cannot make the balls - because too watery - add more flour. You could also add some porridge mix or gluten-free flour (if you're coeliac)





Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy nonstick frying pan. Fry until golden brown on both sides (turn them over).





If you prefer a healthier variant, you could bake them for 30 min until golden brown. I must admit, I prefer the fried variant. They have a more intense flavour. 



I repeat, every ingredient in my recipes could be replaced with something else of your taste.

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