Cassava Balls with Melado (Bolitas de Yuca con Melado)

by Erica Dinho on December 18, 2009

Boiltas con melao

Yesterday I posted a recipe for Melado, so today I want to share with you a delicious recipe that uses this syrup. Yuca or cassava balls are a traditional Colombian recipe that you can eat as a side dish or appetizer with your favorite sauce, including Melado, as in this recipe. They are sweet and absolutely fantastic and your kids will love them too!

This Bolitas de Yuca con Melado recipe is more proof of just how versatile yuca is and how many ways Colombians have found to enjoy it in their cuisine. Enjoy!



(About 20 yuca balls)


  1. Form small balls with the mashed  yuca using your hands and place on a plate.
  2. Fill a large skillet with oil, deep enough to cover the entire ball and heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Carefully add the yuca balls to the oil and fry them for about 4 to 5 minutes or until golden on all sides, turning over once about halfway through.
  4. Remove from the oil and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the oil.
  5. Place on a serving plate and pour the melado over the yuca balls.
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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Simply Life December 18, 2009 at 3:34 PM

YUM! those look soooo perfect to dig into!!!


2 Gloria December 18, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Erica these balls look amazing!!! gloria


3 rebecca subbiah December 18, 2009 at 4:18 PM

oh I want one of these with my cup of tea please!


4 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie December 18, 2009 at 4:41 PM

These are scrumptious and sound so good with your special Melado syrup!


5 Chef E December 18, 2009 at 5:22 PM

I want a little something sweet too, you are teaching me so much about foods I am unfamiliar, and love it. I have been using some raw honey lately on a pinch of bread to avoid over eating on regular sugar, so this is nice to know…


6 Sandra g December 18, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Yuca is my favorite root vegetable! yummy.


7 Sarah Naveen December 18, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Thats sounds great Erica..I love yuca..So this will dfntly win my vote.


8 Erica December 18, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting!


9 girlichef December 18, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Oh wow, these sound really, really good! I’ve never had yuca before…I hope I can find some,I’m intrigued :)


10 Viviana December 18, 2009 at 8:08 PM

I love yuca, and this is the first time I’ve heard of this way of eating it… I’ll try it!


11 Ivy December 19, 2009 at 8:43 AM

When I saw them I thought they were loukoumades, kind of doughnut balls we make and serve them with honey. Never heard of Yuca before. Must be great.


12 Oysterculture December 19, 2009 at 9:54 AM

These balls look absolutely yummy, and like they would get me in serious trouble. They also look like they have the consistency of doughnuts, which might send me over the edge =) but what a way to go!


13 shaz December 19, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Wow, these look so delicious. I can just imagine that golden deep-fried goodness and the sticky syrup. Thanks for sharing :)


14 Maria December 19, 2009 at 10:01 AM

I often see Yuca in the vegetable market but I have yet to purchase any. I will definitely pick some up in the upcoming days to try this recipe.


15 Erica December 19, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Thank you all for taking the time to leave a comment!


16 Barbara December 19, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Those look delicous, Erica! Don’t think I’ve ever had yuca; what does it taste like?


17 Chris December 19, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Ahhh thanks! I was wondering:)


18 Sophie December 19, 2009 at 1:48 PM

MMMMMMMM,…these balls look apart & so appetizing!!



19 Sook December 19, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Oh Erica-
I’m so making these on Christmas eve or morning because I know the whole fam would dig these and they will love me forever! :)


20 Joan Nova December 19, 2009 at 3:32 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever had cassava or yucca as a dessert and I know I’ve never these delicious looking bolas and melado. Very interesting.


21 pigpigscorner December 19, 2009 at 4:26 PM

This looks and sounds great!


22 Nancy December 19, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Erica….last weekend you made a potato salad for a party we both went to. Is the recipe on this site? If was fabulous. These look tasty too!


23 Erica December 19, 2009 at 11:49 PM

Nancy- Nancy, I did not post the recipe yet!


24 Joanne December 20, 2009 at 9:01 AM

I LOVE yucca but would definitely not have thought to put it in a dessert. You learn something new every day! These look really good, especially with the melado.


25 MaryMoh December 21, 2009 at 5:46 AM

Mmmm….I love fried cassava balls. Really miss them. I can’t find cassava here….how disappointing!


26 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best December 21, 2009 at 9:59 AM

I love the starchiness and versatility of yuca. This looks like a GREAT appetizer!


27 Erica December 28, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


28 Cheryl February 14, 2010 at 8:46 PM

This sounds interesting. Hope I can find the stuff to make it. My daughter is getting married and we are doing an international bridal shower. She and her fiance are both planning to be foreign missionaries. She spent time in Columbia so this sounds like a must do. Thanks!


29 Joe March 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM



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