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Honey Balls or Snow Balls

Recipe Notes by Abby of, for the Traditional East honey balls or snow balls recipe handed down by my grandmother. Other names include aitolas, popoges, eyetolas, honeycomb balls.
Prep Time10 hrs
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time12 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: East Indian, Indian
Author: Abby


Ingredients for the Snow Balls or Honey Balls

  • 500 g Sojee (semolina)
  • 2 Coconuts Juiced
  • 9 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Toddy (or 10 g yeast)
  • 3 drops Vanilla essence
  • 100 g Ghee

For the chocolate Honey Balls (Add to the ingredients above)

  • 3 tbsp Cocoa

Ingredients for the Honey

  • 1 kg Sugar
  • 3 cups Water
  • 5 pods Cardamom

Ingredients for the Maple Syrup Honey

  • 750 g Sugar
  • 250 ml Maple Syrup
  • 3 cups Water


Honey Balls in Sugar Syrup

  • Beat the egg whites to a stiff froth and setting aside.
  • Next add in the yolks and sugar, followed by the sojee (semolina) and the coconut juice, and mix till the mixture is smooth. If you don’t have coconut juice, use coconut milk or regular milk.
  • Proof the yeast in warm water and add it to the mixture.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and leave the mixture to rest overnight. (Or for 6 to 8 hours.)
  • Make the sugar syrup by boiling a kg of sugar with 3 to 4 cups of water and 4 to 5 crushed cardamom pods. 
  • Find your honey ball pan, add a few spoons of ghee to it and heat it.
  • When the pan is hot enough, add the batter and fry on both sides.
  • Soak the honey balls in the sugar syrup till they're fluffy and serve. (They can be eaten hot or cold and taste amazing either ways.)

Chocolate Honey Balls with Maple Syrup

  • Follow the same recipe for the honey balls, but after mixing everything, add in 3 tablespoons of cocoa and leave to rise overnight as usual.
  • In the morning, make a sugar-maple syrup with only 750 grams sugar and 3 to 4 cups of water. Add 250 ml maple syrup to it once it starts to boil.
  • Add the batter to the honey ball pan and fry on both sides.
  • Add the chocolate honey balls to the sugar-maple syrup mix and let them fluff up before serving.