There was little Evie loved more than good balls. They had to be a little salty, smell yummy, and a combination of spicy and sweet always sent her over the edge.

Evie kept her balls in a jar, on a shelf, in the fridge. They stayed fresher that way so she could include them in her morning bento for the gym. One of her secret pleasures was savoring a healthy kale ball after watching the buff boys lift weights. Luckily, her balls weren’t sweaty.

Use a wide mouth Ball jar so your balls are easier to retrieve.

Curry Kale Balls

Pulse the following in a food processor until evenly ground but stop before it gets gummy:

  • 1 t. curry powder, Madras style, hot
  • 1 cup pistachios, shelled, I prefer roasted and salted
  • zest from 1 lemon

Add and process until evenly chopped and mixed:

  • 1 cup chopped kale, Dino/Tuscan type, no stems

Add these last and run the processor until a soft dough starts to collect. It will still be crumbly but will hold together.

  • 8 medjool dates, pitted

Roll 12-14 balls between your palms then roll them in 1/4 cup pistachios, crushed fine, to coat.

Depending on how big you like your balls, you’ll get around a dozen. Keep refrigerated until needed.

NOTE: 1 teaspoon of hot Madras curry powder will give you a very slight heat in your throat after you swallow. If you want them hotter, add more but I wouldn’t go over 1 tablespoon unless you have big balls.

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