Inventive Gastronomy – Part VIII

This party season, paint the town HOT PINK!

Dress up your favourite jalapeno cheese poppers in bold fuchsia and let them relax on a bed of creamy spinach with a mayonnaise, crispy lettuce, yoghurt  and spicy peri-peri dip keeping them company.

It won’t be long before these bright beauties catch eye of the party paparazzi!

       Beetroot Jalapeño Poppers

Prep Time: 35 min               Cooking Time: 25 min              Makes: 10-12 pcs


For the Pink Sauce: 
1 1/2 tea cup milk
10 tbsp Cornflour
1 1/2 tsp butter
1/2 teacup beetroot (boil with 1/4 teacup of water and make a pulp)
1/2 tsp black pepper  powder
Salt to taste

3/4 tea cup bread powder (churn the bread in grinder)

For the Stuffing:
75 gms mozzarella
1/2 tea cup cheese spared
3  tbsp jalapeño (finely chopped)

Cornflour + plain flour (for rubbing)
Oil for frying

Ingredients for Spinach:
3 teacup spinach (steamed and lightly churned)
1/2 teacup onion (finely chopped)
1 tsp butter
3 clove garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp cream
1 1/2 tsp plain flour ( optional)

For the dip:
1/4 teacup hung curd
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp peri peri sauce
1 tsp tomato ketchup

1 1/2 tea cup shredded lettuce (soaked in ice water for 20 minutes and drained)


For the Poppers:

  1. Boil  3/4 cup of milk
  2. Mix the corn flour with the remaining milk
  3. Add the cornflour mixture & butter,  beetroot pulp, salt and pepper to the boiled milk and stir it continuously till it thickens 
  4. Add bread powder and make a dough 
  5. Divide it into 10 to 12 equal parts
  6. Mix all the ingredients required for the filling
  7. Take one portion of the pink dough  roll it in the flour and flatten it on to your palm
  8. Put a spoonful of filling in the centre and roll into a cylindrical ball
  9. Repeat the same with the other portions 
  10. Roll the ball in the flour and deep fry

For the Spinach Bed:

  1. Steam the spinach, add garlic and churn it 
  2. Heat the butter add the onions and sauté it for while 
  3. Add the spinach, salt and pepper and mix well
  4. Add the cream
  5. Sprinkle flour and mix well

For the dip:

  1. Mix  all the ingredients for the  dip properly

Arrange the platter as shown in the photo


  1. You can make plain poppers without the beetroot
  2. You can substitute 3/4 cup bread powder with 2 medium potatoes +1/4 cup bread powder +1 tbsp corn flour

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