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Tips To Make Tapioca Balls For A Perfect Dinner Party

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Cooking for a dinner party is a stressful event as you want to impress your guests without overwhelming them with food. A simple but delicious appetizer would be tapioca balls that can be served in a vegetarian as well as a non-vegetarian version. This will help you cater to guests with certain dietary preferences.  Tapioca can be a little difficult to prepare but it is rich in carbohydrates, fat, folic acid, iron and calcium. It is also particularly rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber and can make a wonderful addition to every meal. We do have a few tips that should help you prepare and serve tapioca balls for a special occasion.

 

 


How To Make Great Tapioca Balls For Your Special Event?

 


1. Choosing Tapioca and Preparing It

 

 

There are several different forms of tapioca that are used to make tapioca dishes. If you are preparing tapioca for the first time, we suggest you buy tapioca from a fresh food store. The roots are dark black in color and they have to be firm with no blemishes. Wash the roots well, cut the tapioca root into 4 inch pieces and then peel them well. Remove the core and simmer in water. The root can then be mashed for making balls after seasoning. If you don’t want the headache of preparing the root, we suggest you purchase readymade tapioca flour and then combine with seasoning ingredients, herbs and spices to make tapioca balls. Another simple version that you use is readymade tapioca balls. The balls are simmered in water and then pressed together with ingredients to make tapioca balls.


 


2. Seasoning Ingredients

The tapioca balls can be prepared from flour, fresh tapioca or tapioca balls and then seasoned with salt, pepper, fresh chili, onions, herbs spices, etc. You can use any ingredients that you want to season the tapioca. A few chefs may also stuff the tapioca balls with a minced meat mixture of pork, beef or chicken to form an unusual meat-based dish.

 



 


3. Making and Serving Tapioca Balls

Knead the tapioca with the seasoning ingredients to make firm dough. Usually, the dough sticks together very well but you can also use egg or wheat flour to make the dough stick together. After making the balls you can dip them in batter and deep fry them before serving. You can also steam, braise or simmer the formed tapioca balls before serving them.  The tapioca tastes soft, chewy and sweet after preparation and it should ideally be served with meat gravy. But it tastes just as great with a simple sauce.

 


Tip


  • Raw tapioca root should never be consumed as it contains prussic acid which can cause cyanide poisoning. Cooking the root properly means that the acid is neutralized and the root becomes safe.

 

Tapioca balls may seem like a difficult dish but it can actually be prepared well in advance. The balls can just be deep fried and served with a simple sauce. There are several variations on the basic recipe and we would love to hear your versions of the dish. Do write in to us with more tips on how to use tapioca to make tapioca balls.

 

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