Egg Ball and Cassava Puffs




This is a pretty popular snack in my home country.  I remember after school buying an egg ball at a roadside vendor.  Its was a cheap snack that was quite filling.  Its made with cassava..better known as yuca and hard boiled eggs.  Its  a wonderful surpise in the middle of a creamy fried creation.   This is usually eaten with a spicy mango chutney.  If you love potatoes you will love cassava…its starch and delicioso!  If you’re not a lover of eggs you can omit the hard boiled eggs and just fry the cassava balls, this is known as cassava puff.

Egg Ball and Cassava Puffs

1 1/2 lb cassava a.k.a yuca

2 tbsp butter

6 eggs

salt and black pepper to taste

flour to roll balls in


Boil cassava and 5 eggs in salted water for about 25 to 30 mins until cassava is fork tender, drain.  Mash cassava until smooth, take out the lumpy bits that cannot be mashed.  Peel the eggs and set aside.  Add 1 raw egg, butter, salt and pepper to the cassava, mix well.  For egg balls, cover the eggs with the cassava to form a ball.  The egg should be completely covered by the cassava mixture.  Roll in flour and fry until golden brown.  Serve these with mango chutney or mango achaar.





  1. Ric
    April 26, 2009 / 7:16 am

    Looks wonderfully scrumptious!

  2. April 27, 2009 / 9:45 am

    I would so eat those! The mango chutney sounds like it would be really nice with the egg and starch. Those look fantastic!

  3. May 20, 2009 / 2:59 pm

    lol at flour to roll balls in.

  4. Jennifer
    July 2, 2009 / 5:35 pm

    these are soooo delicious! I will give this recipe a try

  5. pds
    July 25, 2009 / 11:33 am

    Oh dear! The crust is made with cassava! Oh, the dilemma of it all….

  6. Priya
    August 28, 2009 / 1:51 pm


  7. Priya
    August 28, 2009 / 1:52 pm

    I am soo happy to have found your site! can’t wait to try all these wonderful food, that reminds me of Guyana

  8. TashieCoo
    December 11, 2009 / 2:38 pm

    Love the site…I have to do a comparison to my mom & granny’s recipe. Yours looks great…Moms friend sent over some with some mango sour when we visited home this past april and those things went so damn fast! Oh good GT Food.

  9. Mandy
    April 4, 2010 / 12:24 pm

    Great blog! Can potatoes be used instead of cassava if its not available? Thanks

  10. JehanP
    April 5, 2010 / 11:07 am

    Thank you Mandy, you can absolutely use potatoes if you cannot find cassava.

  11. Yasmin
    September 9, 2010 / 1:53 pm

    Jehan, its wonderful to find all these great recipes. I am a guyanese who lived in Richmond Hill, NY for a long time and now live in Savannah, Georgia. Its really hard to find caribbean ingredients in Savannah. I had a caribbean restaurant in NYC. Would love to open one in Savannah. Come join me.

  12. JehanP
    September 9, 2010 / 3:46 pm

    Thank you so much! I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah. I live in Atlanta and I’m fortunate enough to live a few blocks away from the only known Guyanese grocery store and a stone’s throw away from an amazing Farmers Market, so I’m able to buy all of my Guyanese ingredients easily.

  13. December 30, 2010 / 9:40 am

    I feel at home with your recipies

  14. JehanP
    December 30, 2010 / 12:36 pm

    So good to hear Lynn.

  15. July 25, 2011 / 9:16 am

    thank you so much my mother had always wanted to make egg ball and puff

  16. Melly
    June 3, 2012 / 4:12 pm

    Is this deep fried or a little oil to cover the bottom of the pan?

  17. JehanP
    June 3, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    Hi Melly, it is pan fried.

  18. Melly
    June 3, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    Thank you for a speedy response. Making these tomorrow {^_^}

  19. June 12, 2012 / 2:48 pm

    I am a culinary queen myself, I enjoy making all of these recipes. I’m happy to have come across your site, it’s good that you are able to blog and bring others into your kitchen. It’s also refreshing that your are kind enough to blog and let others enjoy making and eating these wonderful recipes. Good work, I am a fan!

  20. Natasha
    June 14, 2012 / 5:58 pm

    I can’t wait to make this 🙂

  21. bethany jhugdeo
    June 16, 2012 / 9:30 pm

    Ugh the last time I had these was back in 2008 in Guyana, these little things like this is what make me miss home <3 Soo makeing this

  22. Liz
    July 27, 2012 / 7:21 pm

    Hi, I tried this recipe tonight and it turned out beautifully. The only alteration I made was, I added finely chopped green onions to the cassava. thank you for sharing.

  23. Krishna
    March 8, 2013 / 4:59 am

    I’m loving your site. I’m a Guyanese man that’s been in Canada for 32 years. Im the cook in my house and I’ve picked up meal ideas from my mother who is no longer with us. I think she would be very happy that I’m expanding my Guyanese cooking. Thanks so much.

  24. bibi
    June 18, 2013 / 8:55 am

    Can this be make with cassava flour, if so, how…

  25. JehanP
    June 19, 2013 / 10:40 am

    Bibi, I’ve never used cassava flour to make egg ball and wouldn’t recommend it.

  26. Tashia
    August 21, 2013 / 11:09 am

    Jehan, I am making the cassava puffs on Friday night for a Guyanese dinner party. One of my guests is vegan. Do you have any ideas for substituting the egg and butter that’s mixed in with the cassava? Thanks!

  27. JehanP
    August 22, 2013 / 9:06 am

    Tashia, I wish I can help you but I’m not too familiar with vegan food.

  28. Tashia
    August 24, 2013 / 6:52 am

    Jehan, I took a risk and made the cassava puffs without any butter or egg mixed in (i was afraid they would fall apart while frying) and it came out fine, everyone loved them!

  29. August 25, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    do i put baking powder in the flour when rolling it to fry?

  30. JehanP
    August 26, 2013 / 5:51 pm

    There’s no baking powder in this recipe, so no you do not add it.

  31. JehanP
    August 26, 2013 / 6:00 pm

    Tashia, that’s great to hear you found a solution and it turned out fine.

  32. Glenda
    October 16, 2013 / 4:47 pm

    I don’t like eggs, I replace the boil egg with fried saltfish or cooked ground turkey.

  33. Paul
    May 15, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    Hi, is it possible to make these without the cassava and perhaps with potatoes? Cant find any cassava where I live :/

  34. JehanP
    May 17, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    Paul you can absolutely use potatoes as a substitute.

  35. Jasmin
    June 16, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    How to mash the cassava ? can i used the food processor ?

  36. JehanP
    June 16, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    Jasmin you can use a food processor or a potato masher.

  37. Anne
    June 15, 2015 / 7:03 pm

    I am from Solomon Islands in Oceania and cassava is plentiful. But can I use sweet potato instead of cassava?

  38. JehanP
    June 16, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    Yes you can use sweet potato or just regular potatoes.