I came up with this recipe as a young bride in our first home – a student flat kitchen overlooking a forest with squirrels. I deep fried the balls then and for some years I have been avoiding this recipe as I have been wishing to have minimum deep frying in my kitchen – from a window of which I can also spot a squirrel now and then!
But as it happens, no squirrels outside our window just now, but we saw squirrels on TV while we were eating. This squirrel was being filmed, as it pretended to hide an acorn to fool a fellow squirrel thieving… Clever, I say!
I wanted these balls today and came up with a healthier option – I baked them. These balls are a good alternative for Swedish meat balls and you could serve them with a brown/white sauce. You could also serve them as finger food (with a dip) for vegetarian diners attending your party.
Walnuts are good for you – I like them too. Sometimes I snack on them with either raisins, cranberries or dates. For the balls I chopped them rather than ground them. That way there was a nice crunch in the balls. And these are the other ingredients:
If you like you could make a double batch of the sauce and bake them in the oven. If you do not like garam masala, you can leave it out. Still good!