[RECIPE] Masala Leek Poppers with Mango Dipping Sauce

posted Apr 10, 2014, 5:57 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated May 14, 2014, 7:16 PM ]

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Recipe: Masala Leek Poppers with Mango Dipping Sauce

Serve these crispy, savory bites with the cool and sweet mango dipping sauce, and you'll be sure to con a whole crowd of family and friends into gobbling up over 9 cups of fruit and veggies. 

Dipping Sauce

1½ cups chopped mango
½ cup plain unsweetened yogurt
¼ cup fresh cilantro
¼ teaspoon garam masala
⅛ teaspoon salt
dash cayenne


2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for cooking
4 cups thinly sliced leek
3 cups peeled and quartered potato
3/4 cup sliced green onion
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
I/3 cup dry bread crumbs


  1. First, prepare the sauce: Puree mango in a food processor. Add yogurt, cilantro, garam masala, salt and cayenne. Pulse to combine. Refrigerate until serving and avoid inquiry.

  2. Next, make the poppers (while working alone): Preheat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Cook leek, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 12 minutes. Let cool.

  3. Cook potato in boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain, mash and let cool.

  4. In a large bowl, mix together leek, potato, onion, eggs, garam masala, turmeric, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined. Form mixture into 1½-inch balls (about 2 tablespoons each) and coat in bread crumbs. 

  5. In a large pot, preheat 2 inches of oil to 350ºF. Fry poppers in batches until browned, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  6. Serve poppers with dipping sauce and stand back!

Craftily Yields: 
about 36 poppers
Slyly Serves: a crowd!

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