Cheese Balls (Fail-proof Recipe)

Cheese Balls are an easy-to-prepare, tasty snack made with potatoes and cheese. Making cheese balls can be a challenge as they often break in the oil, but this fail-proof recipe will give you the perfect cheese ball every time.

This vegetarian recipe uses mashed potatoes mixed with grated cheese to make a ball that is then dropped in oil and deep fried. The result is a deliciously crisp and golden ball with a cheesy interior.

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cheese balls recipe

Ingredients for Cheese Ball Recipe

  1. Secret Ingredient! This cheese ball recipe is different as it has a secret ingredient – GRAM FLOUR. Now Gram Flour or Besan (as we call it in India) is flour made from husked & split bengal gram (chana dal). This flour not only helps the cheese ball stick together while frying, it also has added health benefits as it is high in protein and fiber and is naturally gluten-free. In the recipe, you can even use chickpea flour (made from white chickpeas).
  2. No all-purpose flour: The recipe does not use all-purpose flour but only gram flour. Besan or Chickpea flour is not traditionally used in a cheese ball recipe, so this recipe was one of a kind when I posted it. Since sharing it, I have had a lot of positive feedback and I am happy to report that tasty, satisfying homemade cheese balls are being made in kitchens everywhere!
  3. Potatoes: Use potatoes with a high starch content. Russet and Yukon potatoes are a good option.
  4. Cheese: The recipe works very well with either cheddar cheese or processed cheese.

Why this Cheese Ball Recipe Works

There are many different ways of preparing cheese balls and I had tried several before coming upon this fail-proof recipe. I found that when I tried the traditional method of making these, half of the cheese balls came out perfect and half of them broke in the oil.

I figured out that with the traditional ingredients, the oil had to be the perfect temperature the entire time for all the balls to fry successfully. This is difficult to do and so I wanted to find a better solution.

Then, one day while making cheese stuffed fritters (bread pakora), I mixed some grated cheese with the leftover gram flour (besan) batter and made pan-fried fritters.

To my surprise, these fritters made with gram flour tasted damn good and much better than the traditional cheese balls I had made with all-purpose flour.

So I tried making cheese balls with mashed potatoes and gram flour (besan) instead of all-purpose flour. The result was crisp cheese balls with a cheesy interior.

And the best part was that all balls fried perfectly from start to finish. I new I had found a cheese ball recipe that would allow anyone to make these delicious snacks without struggling.

Tips for Cheese Balls

  1. Binding: Both gram flour and potatoes work together as binding agents. Before frying cheese balls, first test with a tiny cheese ball in hot oil. If it breaks, then you have to add 1 to 2 tablespoons chickpea flour or gram flour (besan) to the mixture and do the test again.
  2. Frying Temperatures: While frying the oil has to be hot, otherwise, the cheese balls may break. The temperature of the oil should be from 177 to 190 degrees celsius (351 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit).
  3. Type of Cheese: For the type of cheese, you can use either cheddar cheese or processed cheese. I am not sure about mozzarella cheese as I have not tried making cheese balls with it.
  4. Spicing: As a kid friendly snack, I have kept the spices minimal. As it suits you and your family’s taste buds, you can increase the spices. You can also add spices and herbs like chili peppers (green chilies) or red chili powder to make these cheese balls spicy.
  5. Quantity & Scaling: The recipe makes 9 to 10 small cheese ball and can be easily double or tripled.

Serving Suggestions

Cheese balls can be served as a party snack or appetizer. They also make a great snack or lunch for kids. Serve them with tomato ketchup, or coriander chutney or mint chutney.

How to make Cheese Balls

1. Boil 3 small potatoes (100 grams) in a steamer or pressure cooker or an electric cooker. You can even steam the potatoes in an Instant Pot for 7 to 8 minutes. Boil the potatoes until they are completely cooked. Then drain them well.

potatoes for cheese balls recipe

2. When the potatoes become warm, peel them and mash very well in a mixing bowl. There should be no moisture while peeling, chopping and mashing the potatoes. Allow the potatoes to come at room temperature before you add the remaining ingredients.

potatoes for cheese balls recipe

3. Grate 60 grams cheese and set aside. 60 grams equals about ½ cup tightly packed grated cheese. You can use either cheddar cheese or processed cheese. If using amul processed cheese cubes, then use 3 cubes.

cheese for cheese balls recipe

Making Cheese Ball Mixture

4. To the mashed potatoes, add ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or ⅓ teaspoon black pepper powder, a pinch of garam masala (optional) and 1.5 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) or parsley leaves.

spices for cheese balls recipe

5. Add 3.5 to 4 tablespoons gram flour (besan) or chickpea flour. I highly recommend using gram flour or chickpea flour, however if you do not have it you can also add 3 to 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour or corn starch or arrowroot flour.

besan for cheese balls recipe

6. Mix very well.

mixture for cheese balls recipe

7. Then add the grated cheese and two pinches of black salt. Add salt accordingly as cheese already has salt in it. You can add rock salt or regular salt instead of black salt.

mixture for cheese balls recipe

8. Mix the cheese with the rest of the potato mixture very well. Check the taste and add more salt or crushed black pepper if required.

mixture for cheese balls recipe

Making Cheese Balls

9. Make small balls from the mixture and make one tiny ball to test while frying.

making cheese balls recipe

10. Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai (wok) or pan.

oil for cheese balls recipe

11. When the oil becomes hot, add the tiny cheese ball. The temperature of oil can be from 177 to 190 degrees Celsius (351 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit). The oil has to be hot, otherwise, the cheese balls may break.

frying cheese balls

12. In a minute, the tiny cheese ball will begin to get golden. If the tiny cheese ball does not break, then you can begin to fry the other balls. If it breaks, then you have to add 1 to 2 tbsp chickpea flour or gram flour (besan) to the mixture again. Keep the same temperature while frying by increasing or decreasing the flame.

making cheese balls recipe

13. Add the remaining balls taking care of the volume and space of the pan or kadai. Do not overcrowd. Since I used a small kadai, I added four cheese balls at a time.

frying cheese balls

14. With a slotted spoon, turn balls over when they become golden.

preparing cheese balls recipe

15. Fry them turning a couple of times, until they are evenly golden all over and crisp.

frying cheese balls

16. Remove and place them on kitchen paper towels.

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Serve Cheese Balls hot with tomato ketchup or mint coriander chutney or mint chutney.

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A Few More Tasty Cheese Recipes for You!

  • Mac and cheese – a creamy and cheesy dish with a light crunchy topping of breadcrumbs and gooey melted cheese.
  • Alfredo pasta – a creamy pasta made with fresh cream and mixed veggies.
  • Cheese biscuits – yummy biscuits with a crisp texture on the outside and soft bread-like texture inside.
  • Corn cheese balls– an easy, tasty, no-fail recipe for corn cheese balls (both fried and baked versions included).

This recipe post from the archives has been republished and updated on 20 May 2020.

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Cheese Balls (Fail-proof Recipe) | Perfect Easy Cheese Ball

4.81 from 21 votes
Easy to prepare tasty recipe of cheese balls made with potatoes, gram flour and cheese.
cheese balls recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:25 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Course:snacks
Cuisine:World
Diet:Vegetarian
Difficulty Level:Moderate
Servings (change the number to scale):9 to 10
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

  • 100 grams potatoes or 3 small or 2 medium or 1 large potato
  • 60 grams cheese or ½ cup grated cheese tightly packed
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper crushed or ⅓ teaspoon black pepper powder - add as required
  • 1 pinch garam masala - optional
  • 1.5 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves or parsley leaves
  • 3.5 to 4 tablespoon besan (gram flour) or 2 to 3 tablespoon arrow root flour or corn starch or all purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 pinches black salt or regular salt or rock salt
  • oil for deep frying, as required

Instructions

preparation

  • Boil 3 small potatoes (100 grams) in a steamer or pressure cooker or an electric cooker. Boil the potatoes till they are completely cooked. You can even steam the potatoes in an Instant Pot for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • When the potatoes become warm, peel them and mash very well in a mixing bowl. Allow the potatoes to come at room temperature before you add the remaining ingredients.
  • Grate 60 grams cheese and keep aside. In cup measurement, the amount is 1/2 cup tightly packed grated cheese. 
  • You can use either cheddar cheese or processed cheese. If using amul processed cheese, then use 3 cubes.

making cheese ball mixture

  • To the mashed potatoes, add 1/4 tsp black pepper, crushed or 1/3 tsp black pepper powder, a pinch of garam masala (optional) and 1.5 tbsp chopped coriander leaves or parsley leaves.
  • Add 3.5 to 4 tbsp gram flour (besan). You can also add 2 to 3 tbsp all purpose flour or corn starch.
  • Mix very well.
  • Then add the grated cheese and two pinches of black salt. Add salt accordingly as cheese already has salt. You can even add rock salt or regular salt instead of black salt.
  • Mix the cheese with the rest of the potato mixture very well. Check the taste and add more salt or crushed black pepper if required.
  • Make small balls from the mixture and make one tiny ball to test while frying.

frying cheese balls

  • Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan.
  • When the oil becomes hot, add the tiny cheese ball. The temperature of oil can be from 170 to 190 degrees celsius.
  • The oil has to be hot, otherwise the cheese balls may break.
  • When the tiny cheese ball, does not break, then you can easily fry the other balls. If it breaks, then you have to add 1 to 2 tbsp besan to the mixture again. Keep the same temperature while frying.
  • Add the remaining potato cheese balls.
  • With a slotted spoon, turn over when the balls get to become golden.
  • Fry them till they are evenly golden all over and crisp.
  • Remove them on kitchen paper towels.
  • Serve hot with tomato ketchup or coriander chutney.

Notes

  1. Scaling: The recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  2. Stickiness: The potato has to be drained very well. Even some moisture or water in the potatoes will make the mixture sticky.
  3. Binding: Instead of gram flour, you can add 3 to 4 tablespoon of all-purpose flour, corn starch or arrowroot flour. If while frying, the balls break, then add 1 to 3 tablespoons more of the binding ingredient as required. 
  4. Frying: Fry at temperatures of 177 degrees to 190 degrees celsius. The cheese balls may break when frying at lower temperature. 
  5. Spicing: As a kid friendly snack, I have kept the spices minimal. However you can increase the spices to suit your taste buds. You can also add spices and herbs like green chilies or red chili powder to make these cheese balls spicy.
  6. Type of Cheese: For the type of cheese, you can use either cheddar cheese or processed cheese.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Cheese Balls (Fail-proof Recipe) | Perfect Easy Cheese Ball
Amount Per Serving
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 71mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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75 comments/reviews

  1. It came out very well.Thank you very much for the recipe.

    • Thanks Lakshmi for the feedback. Welcome!

  2. Loved it. I was a little sceptical initially when I read about adding besan but believed your skills and went ahead with it. They came out absolutely yummy crunchy from outside and soft gooey from inside. I did make in appe pan though.5 stars

    • Thank you Shaili for the trust and the feedback as well. Yes the besan may look like a strange addition, but it merges so well in the recipe without it screaming loud. Making cheese balls in the appe pan is a great idea.

  3. Excellent recipe. Kids loved it and mind you, these are very choosy kids.5 stars

    • thank you anu for the feedback and for sharing that your kids loved the cheese balls. glad to know. happy cooking.

  4. Thank u! gonna try this for my kid, hope he likes the sweet taste as well as the cheese. By this way i can give him a healthy and tasty snack. Thank you for your recipe.

    • welcome sumitha. hope your son likes the cheese balls.

  5. Can i use sweet potato, instead of normal potato?

    • yes you can use sweet potato. with sweet potato the cheese balls will have some sweet taste.

  6. Hi
    Can we freeze these balls. Nice recipe will try it for sure. Tried a couple of ur recipes n they were great. Thanks for the post. Miss you on u tube though.5 stars

    • yes you can freeze them. thanks for the feedback on other recipes. i don’t get time to do videos. it takes a lot of time, thus i am not doing any cooking videos.

  7. Hi I would like to just clarify if not using besan, I should use corn flour and maida …how much of corn flour and how much of maida

    • you can use 3 tablespoon maida and 1 tablespoon corn flour. before frying test a small cheese ball. if it breaks, then add 1 to 2 tablespoon more maida.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe my daughter loves it.5 stars

    • Welcome Anna. Glad to know this.

  9. Nice chese balls , i like it. thanku very much

    • welcome harsha.

  10. Dear Dassana,
    I am planning to make these on this weekend. I have one query though can I use mozzarella cheese?
    Thank you.

    • shabistab, mozzarella cheese can be tricky as it is a soft cheese. so i am not sure how it will react while frying. i would suggest to use pizza cheese which is mixture of cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese or use a mix of both cheddar and mozzarella cheese. hope this helps.

  11. Hi Amit,
    Can these be cooked in bulk and frozen and then reheated again in oven?
    Thanks
    D

    • if done this way, the crisp texture is lost. what i would suggest is make the balls and then freeze. when you want to eat, remove them from freezer and let it come to room temperature. if there is any extra moisture then wipe it. then fry the cheese balls.

  12. The recipe is great and we enjoyed it! I come from Switzerland, that’s to say a country committed to cheese :). I used some Vacherin Mont-d’Or, which is an alpine and tasty cheese, added a bit less flour (Vacherin is aged and doesn’t contain much water) and because it’s strong added some more coriander leaves to the paste. Again, very tasty. We have a famous cheese balls recipe here called “Malakoff”, made principally with flour, eggs and milk, but without potatoes. It’s also damn tasty but a bit too fat^^. That’s why I Iove this recipe with potatoes. Congrats and thanks for sharing!5 stars

    • thanks molina for sharing these bits of info. i have heard of malakoff but never made them. but i did try cheese balls with flour, butter and cheese and i did feel they were heavy. but they tasted good ???? potatoes are a nice substitute in most dishes at times. thanks for sharing the feedback on the recipe too.

  13. Hi Dassana,
    I am not good at cooking. My in-laws always ask me to make new dishes. So, you are life saver for me. I tried this cheese ball recipe, but they are not cooked from inside. I cant understand what is the problem.4 stars

    • priyanka, when frying always fry on medium heat. the oil should not be very hot. if the oil is very hot, then the outer part gets fried quickly, but the inside remains under cooked. medium hot oil also ensures even frying.

  14. Hi dassana,
    Most of Ur recipes I have tried came out really delicious….keep up the good work….i want to ask can I add some steamed green peas to the potato mixture?

    • thanks salma. you can add steamed green peas.

  15. Is cheddar cheese fine to make this balls?

    • Rins, you can try. i think it should work.

  16. I tried cheese balls today following the recipe exactly.they turned out absolutely amazing.it was really yummy.5 stars

    • Thanks Sirisha. Glad to know this.

  17. I tried these cheese balls following the recipe exactly . They turned out absolutely amazing . All the guests loved these and asked for the recipe. Addition of besan worked out really well for me as my daughter is gluten free and can’t have maida. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe .5 stars

    • Welcome Shama. Glad to know this. Thanks for your positive feedback.

  18. hi, in step 5, should we add maida in place of besan.. or in addition to besan? thank u in advance

    • tanu, you can add maida in place of besan. just check one small piece in oil. if it breaks, then you may need to add half to 1 tablespoon more of maida.

  19. Hi I’m making recipes from ur post since long time all recipes turn out awesome In this recipe ive added corn making it more delicious plus substitutes with Maida it gives different texture and taste at last I dusted some bread crumbs too try it

    • thanks komal. adding corn will make it more tasty. i know maida gives a different texture and taste. and breadcrumbs too will give a nice crisp texture. thanks for sharing the variations you have done. i am sure the cheese balls must have been delicious.

  20. cool!!!!

    • thanks.

  21. Hello 🙂 Five stars for the tasty cheese balls.
    My potato mixture was not dry like yours. What could be the reason? I added little besan still it was quite sticky. It didn’t burst in the oil though.
    Thanks 🙂5 stars

    • Welcome Zehra. The potato has to be drained very well. Even some moisture or water in the potato will make the mixture sticky.

  22. Hi! Do you have a recipe for plain cheese balls I mean without potato

    • no ruchi. i did try plain cheese balls with flour a couple of times, but they always burst in oil 🙁

  23. Once in a restaurant, they served cheese balls made with macaroni. They tasted delicious. Would you have a recipe for that?

    I am a bit skeptical about cheese balls with besan, though (in the same breath let me add) based on experience i believe that all your recipes are a sure success….

    … And thanks for offering such a wonderful collection of veg recipes!!

    • there are many recipes for cheese balls, so difficult to gauge which one was made in the restaurants. you can try these too. they taste different than the regular cheese balls but the taste is too good. thank you chhandashree.

  24. Hi Dasanna,
    I am a long time silent follower and admirer of you and your way of easy cooking, recipes, tips and so on….you are really admirable !
    Honestly telling sometimes I tried few recipes from many websites, but never were total success. But i felt the hard work you do to analyse so many ingredients, flavors etc. before finally posting them, for any recipe.I liked almost everything which i have prepared from following yours.
    Thanks for making survive the young generation people in cooking arena !

    • thanks for writing roja and also thanks for this encouraging comment. feels nice to read comment like yours and it because of readers like you that i am motivated and encouraged to share more recipes.

  25. I really love all your recipes. I recently got married and moved to US. I don’t have to call mom all the time for recipes(time difference makes it more difficult) All thanks to you. Try adding some rajasthani recipes. Its difficult to find good rajasthani recipes over internet 🙁 And i really liked your earlier layout of homepage rather than this one. But its good you keep experimenting. Thanks a lot. Hope you are also coming up with a book.5 stars

    • thankyou for your honest feedback chandni and let us know if you are looking for any specific recipes. book could be a future thing but thankyou so much 🙂

  26. You are a life saver. I am living in a remote area and in my third trimester, I get cravings for different things all the time which I don’t get here. And here’s where you save my day by these amazing recipes. I love your website. Thank you so much

    • we are pleased to know we could help you thankyou for your positive words and all the best 🙂 niharika.

  27. Nice recipe i tried it and it was very tasty 🙂5 stars

    • thankyou aruna 🙂

      • Hi
        I have been folowing this site for 6 months now. And it is the best of all the veg cooking sites ever.
        You have plethora of recipes; you present it brilliantly, makes it easier for people like me to follow. Amazing work. Keep it up. Good bless you.
        This is my go to site if i want to check a recipe or learn or just want new ideas.
        I can’t thank you enough for making this site.
        Lots of love.

        • we are quite pleased to know this garima 🙂 thankyou for your kind and encouraging words. you are always welcome dear.

  28. Can the batter be made a day in advance without affecting the taste or texture?

    • you can try. however i do not how the mixture would react when frying.

  29. I tried this today it was absolutely yum. Thank you so much.

    • thankyou niki so much and you are welcome 🙂

  30. Very nice recipe , I tried it and my son liked it very much. Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe.5 stars

    • thanks and welcome neerja.

  31. These pakoras were easy to make. They turned out to be super delicious and yes amul cheese gives a real yummy taste. Thnx!!! i also added ginger, garam masala, and chili powder this brings wonderful taste to every bite ?

    • thanks again riya. yes different flavors can be added.

  32. Hi
    I must tell you that I am workng but I have recently taken a break from work to spend more time with family.. And I am doing quite a lot of cookng.. Thanks to you for this.. As I first check your recipe and then proceed.. And all the dishes turn out perfect.. Be it chilly paneer, manchurian dry and gravy, butter naan, aaloo kofta and so on..
    I am definitely gong to try this too.. I know both my daughters are going to love it
    Thanks a lot!!

    • thank you shraddha for the encouraging comment and happy cooking.

  33. Really it’s amazing, your recipes are very good ,I use to try everything.I love it

    • thanks sridevi.

  34. Hi Dassana,
    Very nice recipe and kids friendly too.can we use the unfried cheese balls as paratha stuffing?

    • thanks uma. i don’t know. you have to give it a try.

    • If u use this mixture for parantha filling ..u will get raw gram flour taste ..without gram flour n all purpose flour ..u can use cheese n potato mixture for stuffing

  35. Nice one… I love your all recipes…..

    • thanks sneha

    • Hi can I add some vegetables like onion or cabbage to the cheese balls

      • avoid adding any veggies as they will release water or moisture and the cheese balls can break in oil while frying.