Sunday, June 14, 2015

Stuffed Rice Balls


I love rice and anything made with rice is my favorite! Let it be a regular comfort-food like Daal Chawal (Lentils curry with steamed rice) and Chicken Pulao or a bit fancy like Biryani. Even I love Oriental cooking for rice being a major part of their cuisine. The desserts made with rice are my favorite as well like Zarda, Kheer and Firni (rice pudding). I can eat rice when I'm not even hungry so imagine how it is like when I am famished! Talking of rice and esp. Pulao got me craving for it now and just as I am typing these words, I've requested Mom to cook Chicken Pulao for dinner tomorrow :D and when you're hungry after a busy and long day, a steaming hot plate of Chicken Pulao comes in front of you with chilled Raitha (yogurt dip), you forget about the rest of the world and thank Allah SWT for this wonderful blessing while eating every spoon of your succulent dinner! Alhumdulilah! (Praise be to Allah) 

Sesame seeds can be omitted in making these balls

The story of creating this recipe is very interesting. My Mom cooked plain boiled rice during Ramadan of 2013 and by mistake she doubled the quantity of rice that's regularly cooked at ours. For that reason we were left with a lot of leftover rice that no one wanted to eat the next day. So for the love of rice, I had to try some snack made by using rice as a main ingredient. After some brainstorming and by using some ingredients at hand, I came up with Stuffed Rice Balls that my family so loved and have now become a regular snack on our Iftaar menu (breaking of fast meal) So, if you have leftover boiled rice or simply making boiled rice for your meal, add a little extra amount of rice to your cooking pot to try this appetizing snack later that I'm sure will become one of your favorites too, In Sha Allah (God Willing)

Let the love of rice get unleashed today! :D


Stuffed Rice Balls

Ingredients:

Boiled Rice: 2 cups (leftover works best)
Egg: 1
All Purpose Flour:2 tbsp.
Corn Starch/Flour: 2 tbsp.
Salt: 1 tsp.
Red Chili Powder: 1/2 tsp (optional)
Garlic Powder: 1/4 tsp.
Italian Herbs: 1/2 tsp.
Baking Powder: 1 tsp.
Milk: 4,5 tbsp.
Sesame Seeds: for coating 
Oil: for deep frying

For the stuffing:

Chicken: 1/2 cup (boiled and shredded)
Potato: 1 medium sized (boiled and mashed)
Onion: 1 small sized (chopped)
Bell Pepper: 1/4 cup (chopped)
Mozzarella Cheese: 1/2 cup (shredded)
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Black Pepper Powder: 1 tsp


Method:

  1. In a large bowl, add the rice and mash them well while adding the milk. 
  2. Now add all the seasonings, baking powder and both the flour and corn starch and egg. 
  3. Mix everything together well. The consistency of the mixed ingredients should not be too sticky but doughy just like soft kneaded dough. Refrigerate it covered for some time.
  4. In another bowl, mix all the ingredients for the stuffing together and keep aside.
  5. Now comes the forming and stuffing of the balls part.
  6. Take some rice dough in your moistened hand, flatten it on your palm and place the stuffing in the middle, roll and close to seal just like meatballs. Roll into the sesame seeds to coat them all over the balls. 
  7. Prepare all the balls following the same procedure and place on a dry tray. Refrigerate again so that they are firm before frying.
  8. Fry in batches till golden brown. take out on an absorbent paper.
  9. Serve with the sauce of your choice. Enjoy.
Makes 10-12 approx

That's all rice fans! :) The spice level can always be adjusted according to your taste buds. I hope you enjoy making and eating them. Until next time, keep sharing the goodness of this greatest blessing, that has been bestowed in abundance upon us the lucky ones, with the less fortunate ones.
Thank you and please this Ramadan do remember everyone esp. The Ummah-e-Muslimeen (Muslim Nation) in your Du'as/prayers including me :)

Jazak'Allah Khair(May Allah reward you)

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12 comments:

  1. great Recipe.. I'll definitely try that!

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  2. Thank you! And please do share feedback 😊

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  3. What a great way to use up the left over rice. I have the same issue in my house. I always cook way too much rice and have to find creative ways of using it the next day.

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    1. Glad to know that you like the recipe :) Hope you try it too and enjoy.
      Thank you!

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  4. These look fantastic - reminds me of the ones I had in Italy - can't wait to try the recipe!

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    1. Glad to know that they remind you of the ones you had in Italy; hope they taste closer to them too once you try the recipe :) Please do share feedback, would love to hear from you again :)
      Thank you!

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  5. Looks and sounds great :) Will sure try this recipe :)

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    1. Thank you so much! And please do :)

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  6. I've been wanting to make a recipe like this - thanks for sharing your recipe so I can give it a try!

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    1. I'm glad to hear that! Please do and I hope you like them :)

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  7. Is it bad when I say that I would eat the whole batch by myself???

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    1. Haha, not at all! :D I'm glad to hear that you liked them :) Please do try the recipe too and share feedback :)

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