A fresh mix of flavors for hot days: Spicy Potato Balls with dip

If you're looking for a vegetable that has proved its versatility time and time again, look no further than the humble potato. For starters, you could try these recipes for Cottage Pie Twice-Baked Potatoes, Giant Curly Fries or even Mashed Potato Muffins. This root vegetable is so versatile that it has more possibilities than there are colors in the rainbow. An added plus: potatoes can be your main course, a side dish, or just a small snack. If you're looking for the latter, this tasty recipe will bring an Asian-inspired, fresh-tasting snack to your table, with a pinch of cilantro and ginger.

You'll need:

For the balls:

  • 14 oz potatoes, peeled and boiled
  • 1.5 oz onion, chopped
  • 6 oz breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • oil for cooking

For the dip:

  • 1/2 cup natural yogurt
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise

Here's how:

  1. Mash the potatoes and mix them with the onion, half the breadcrumbs, salt, cumin, cilantro and ginger.
  2. Pick out small portions from the potato dough and use your hands to shape them into small balls.
  3. Mix a tablespoon of flour with water, and separately add the chili flakes to the rest of the breadcrumbs. First, dip the balls in the flour water and then roll them in the breadcrumbs. Now fry them in hot oil, making sure to turn them so they are cooked all over.
  4. To prepare the dip, simply mix all the ingredients together.

On sweltering summer days, this combination of spices will make you feel cooler from the inside out. Skewer the balls with a toothpick to create the perfect addition to any buffet. You can also try out other variations! Why not roll the balls in sesame seeds or add grated cheese to the potato dough? The most important thing is that it tastes good.

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