Friday, February 1, 2013

Soya Kheema Fritters



Before I go on with the recipe, I have a request to the bloggers, presumably the enthusiastic new bloggers. I try my best to visit you back from the comment section down, but lately I see lot of you linking your Google+ account with your names. I am not sure whether Google had made it default, but I would be grateful to you if you could link your name with your blogger profile page, instead. The name which links to G+ does not show your recipes unless you share there (at least this is what I guess) and I am not able to view your lovely blog posts if not in your circle. So it would be lovely if you would go to the settings and link your name to your profile or web page directly for ease of visit and probably to know you better!

So back to the recipe, I had bookmarked these cute looking crispy fritters from Hamaree Rasoi the minute I saw them in her lovely space. Then I had been in the process of shifting to Namakkal and everything was crazy for a while and  I got reminded of trying them just when I happened to come across the soya chunk packets in the near-by vegetable shop. I grabbed a packet and made the same evening for my son for tea, back from school.




Soya Kheema Fritters
Adapted from Soya ke Pakore @ Hamaree Rasoi 

Yields 25 bite sized balls for 15 large marble sized soya chunks

Total time needed - 30 minutes

 Get ready with:

Soya chunks, large marble sized- 15 nos ( you may use substitute soya granules but watch out the measurement)
Small sized big onion, chopped fine- 1
Coriander leaves- chopped fine, 1 tbsp
Ginger - 1/2 tsp , minced fine
Egg - 1 whole, beaten
Green chilly sliced thin and round - 10-15 bits
Red chilly powder- 1/4 tsp
Powdered fennel seeds- 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/4 tsp
Gram flour- 2 tbsp
A pinch of garam masala and salt to taste

Oil- for deep frying

Method:



Wash the Soya chunks in running water. Cook in salted boiling water for 5-7 minutes in a pan with a water level to immerse the balls completely. I have read somewhere that adding a little amount of milk while boiling wards off the unpleasant odour of cooked soya, to an extent. I used 2 tsps of milk. But take care not to close the pan as it boils over.

Switch off fire after 5-7 minutes ensuring the chunks are cooked soft and keep the pan closed for another 3 minutes. Drain and wash them in running water. Squeeze out water as much as possible after the chunks cool down.



Pulse the chunks coarse in a food processor/mixie. Combine all the ingredients with this paste. Heat oil for frying in a kadai and meanwhile roll the mixture into bite-sized balls (or again, slightly larger than the size of a marble).



Slide 5-6 balls at a time into hot oil. Do not over crowd and ensure even frying. Turn them gently and fry them in controlled flame. Drain in paper towels. Serve hot with tomato ketchup and steaming pot of tea!




I'd added fennel seed and pepper powders to cover the unpleasant smell and blandness of cooked and mashed soya and the combined flavour was good!

The oil was frothing up a little while frying though I was not sure whether it was because of the protein content in soya or the egg combined in the batter. The kheema balls did not pick up much oil while getting fried but the oil had been turning blackish.

I'm thinking of adding a tbsp of hung curd to the batter, next time, to add tanginess to these fritters. Let me know if you try likewise, please!

I'll be making them again as they were yummy while hot and melting in the mouth tasting like meat balls ;)




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34 comments:

  1. these look fabulous! i am already in love with the cutlets i tried, but these seem even cuter. amrith would love them :)

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  2. these looks totally adorable Bharthy.... super yummy snack

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  3. A plate of this, hot coffee, non stop F.R.I.E.N.D.S and I will never move from the couch

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  4. I totally agree with you Bharathi.. there is a lot of similarities. that is what drew me to your site... good to have connected with you

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  5. Super tempting fritters, feels like grabbing one from there

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  6. I recently made cutlets out of them with potato. This one also looks very addictive. Like to give a try.

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  7. Looks lovely and crispy. I am sure will make a great veggie snack. I usually use the soya flour for cutlets and kheemas. But this will be worth a try. Will let you know how it turns out soon.

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  8. They are perfect for the gloomy and rainy weather here! I wish I could reach out and grab some :)

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  9. they taste like meat balls? I am doing this!!!!!!! yes!

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  10. Very tempting and super crispy balls, feel like munching some.

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  11. Super tempting fritters,so delicious,I made masala vadas with soya chunks and channa dhal but this sounds inviting once with..amazing clicks.

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  12. BTW, my bread bonda series is very similar to this one except it uses bread instead of soya chuncks. FYI: http://kuttybear-toddlerfoodideas.blogspot.co.uk/2012_08_01_archive.html

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  13. I am so glad that you have liked the recipe. thanks a lot for the mention. Yes , you are right, the oil turns blackish due to presence of egg. But it surely makes you feel like eating meatballs. Liked your addition of fennel and pepper.

    Deepa

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  14. The keema fritters look scrumptious. You always post such intriguing and delicious recipes. Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog! I hope to make a come-back sometime soon.

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  15. how did i miss this? wonderful recipe ! loved it !

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  16. I have an aversion towards soya chunks due to its chewy, rubbery texture but you have tenderized and added so much flavour to it. I have developed some courage to deal with soya now! Thanks!

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  17. Looks apt like the mutton kheema balls...very tempting clicks

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  18. Soya Kheema looks so soft and fluffy like mutton kheema, Bringing down the texture of soya to softer really need a skillful person like you...you made that!!

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