Savory cheese ball?

#1 Nov 1st, 2014, 20:14
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So, on the flight over from Bangkok to Delhi via Air India, I got the vegetarian breakfast (which I guess is code for Indian breakfast). One part of it was these balls that looked somewhat breaded and fried (but weren't crispy or particularly browned). Basically they tasted like cheese, but more bready or grainy than plain cream cheese, and not the same structure/texture as paneer.

It's not exciting food, it was airplane food for goodness sake, yet it was a damn good snack and I'm still wondering what it is and where to get it. Suggestions?

On a related note, at a sweets shop, only the obvious deep-fried things on top of the counter are savory, right? (Samosas, kachoris, mirchbada, etc). Just wondering if any of the little white balls of things in the case could secretly be the cheese balls I want, which weren't even a little bit sweet.
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Sounds like some kind of vada. The filling could be some kind of gram soaked overnight and ground to a paste.

Medu vada is a very popular breakfast dish. A good recipe with pictures HERE.
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Do the little white balls look like this?
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I guess I should have taken a photo, or posted two weeks ago while it was more at the front of mind. Didn't taste anything like any vada I've had before, not battered, not appearing deep fried (or possibly were but not more than a few seconds), and also quite small compared to vada I had. And the cheese flavor was pretty distinct.

More like slightly oblong tater tot shapes, not perfect spheres like the rasgullahs. Nor as shiny/wet-looking. Really not a hint of sugar in the taste.

I suppose it could have been an Air India creation...hope not, though.
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Cheesy but more granular than paneer. Intriguing.

Bread roll with paneer/potato stuffing? Sabudana (sago) vada?

You must write to AI's catering department and get to the bottom of this mystery.
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Is the dish that you ate seen in this?
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Is the dish that you ate seen in this?
Great find Aarosh!

This one perhaps? What is it?


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Looks like a potato cake to me. Mashed spuds dipped in besan and deep fried.
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The other parts look like upma (middle) and fried rice or rava dosa (?) (right) to me.
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Haha! Thanks for finding a flight meal photo. The middle part was definitely part of my breakfast, tasted like mashed cauliflower. There was also rice and potato curry. But the "balls" were not as big as in your photo, a bit rounder, not so brown. There may have been potato involved to make the texture different from paneer, but strong cheese flavor...more like a fermented cheese than paneer.
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Ok, after much recipe research and taste-testing, i feel it was actually paneer, but ground or finely crumbled to get a different texture, mixed with potato OR something like Rajasthani gatta, which has a slightly cheesy taste for some reason, but mixed with actual cheese as well.

This doesn't help me to get any now, but maybe I can recreate in the future.

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