One of my favorite dishes in one of my favorite restaurants in Kuala Lumpur is masala cheese balls at the Gem Restaurant in Little India. However, the last time I went there (to celebrate my birthday no less) they were all out. At first, there was anger, shock, and denial. After the sadness set in, I came to the realization that I have no balls and what a sad fate that is. Then came the epiphany that if God takes away your balls, the powers that be open up a window of opportunity for you to try and create your own. Well, I tried and although not exactly the same dish, what resulted was equally as delicious and addictive.
Imagine a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie that just came out the oven a few minutes ago and is now ready for devouring. Now, imagine that instead of being sweet, it is cheesy and instead of chocolate chips, there are bits of green chilies and scallions. This is the best way to describe masala cheese pancakes-a warm, gooey and slightly spicy mini cheese pancake.
Fairly easy to throw together and great for impressing guests, these masala cheese pancakes are perfect as a starter for a dinner party, cocktail hour or holiday get together. Pair with a nice glass of wine or a citrus cocktail and you’ll be set. Serve with your favorite tomato chutney or a spicy cucumber Indian inspired salsa for an added kick of spice.