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Rava Upma Cheese Balls - Party Appetizer/Starter

Rava Upma Cheese Balls is basically a starter recipe that is made using Rava Upma. The meting cheese and the textured top makes it a perfect recipe for parties and events.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 17 balls
Author sushma iyer


  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Split Urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 3 nos Green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp each of peanuts and cashewnuts
  • 1 no med Onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup Mixed vegetables chopped
  • 1.5 cups Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Rava roasted

For the Cheese Balls

  • 1/2 cup Mozarella chesse cubes or grated
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • few tbsp water
  • a plate full of panko breadcrumbs


  • In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds, once spluttered add urad dal and let it turn golden brown. Add in ginger, chillies and curry leaves. Cook well. Add in the peanuts, saute till aromatic and add the cashewnuts. Saute till it turns golden brown
  • Add in the onions. Cook the onions until it turns golden brown.
  • Add in the mixed vegetables and cook till soft.
  • In goes the water and salt. Bring it to a rolling boil. And add in the rava.
  • Once rava is added stir continuously till all the water is soaked up.
  • Switch off the gas, close with a lid and let it sit in the there for 5 mins. Once cooled completely transfer to a plate.
  • Using tbsp as a measurement, roll in between your palms, stuff the cheese in centre and then dip in the cornstarch slurry (prepared using 1/4 cup cornstarch and few tbsp water) and roll in the panko breadcrumbs.
  • Then you can either deep fry or cook in the appe pan. Refer my video for clear picture.
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