Rice and Cheese Balls

Rice and Cheese Balls

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There are many interesting ways to make use of leftover rice including some types of rotis and dosas. But, this recipe tops the charts!

Rice and Cheese Balls, made with cooked rice flavoured simply with green chillies and mustard powder and bound together with flour, gives rise to a temptingly crisp snack when deep-fried.

What is more, the procedure is as simple as mix, shape, and fry. No dipping, no rolling, no sweat!

Enjoy how to make Rice and Cheese Balls recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.

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Rice and Cheese Balls recipe - How to make Rice and Cheese Balls

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 12 balls
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For Rice and Cheese Balls
2 1/4 cups cooked rice (chawal)
3 tbsp plain flour (maida)
1 tbsp finely chopped green chillies
2 pinches baking soda
1/2 cup grated processed cheese
1/4 tsp mustard (rai / sarson) powder
salt to taste
oil for deep-frying

For Serving Wwith Rice and Cheese Balls
tomato ketchup
For rice and cheese balls

    For rice and cheese balls
  1. To make rice and cheese balls, mash the rice thoroughly in a deep bowl.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions and shape each portion into a ball.
  4. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and deep-fry a few balls at a time on a medium flame till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  5. Serve the rice and cheese balls immediately with tomato ketchup.

Rice and Cheese Balls Video by Tarla Dalal

Rice and Cheese Balls recipe with step by step photos

Recipes using leftover rice

  1. Often our kitchen is stocked with leftover food from lunch or dinner especially when you have guests for a feast. Don’t worry about leftover rice, roti or bread and transform them into delightful snacks by referring to collection of breakfast recipes made using leftovers. Below are some of my favorite appetizers made using leftover rice :

For the mixture of rice cheese balls

  1. To prepare the mixture of rice and cheese balls, preferably make use of leftover rice that are cold. If preparing rice freshly, then either cook them in a pressure cooker or directly on a stove top. Also, you can make use of any variety of rice grains but, small grains with more starch can help in binding together all the ingredients well.
  2. Mash the rice thoroughly in a deep bowl using a potato masher or you can also your hands.
  3. Add the plain flour. It not only absorbs excess moisture from the mixture but also, helps in binding ingredients and making the cheesy rice balls crispy.
  4. Add the chopped green chillies. Green chilli paste, paprika powder or chilli flakes can also be used to provide the spice to the rice and cheese balls.
  5. Add 2 pinches of baking soda.
  6. Add the grated processed cheese. Cheddar or Mozzarella cheese can also be used.
  7. Add the mustard powder. Additionally, you can add a myriad of finely chopped vegetables like capsicum, carrots, onions, bell peppers for a crunch and colour.
  8. Add salt to taste and mix well. Our rice and cheese ball mixture is ready!

How to make rice and cheese balls

  1. For frying the rice and cheese balls, divide the mixture into 12 equal portions.
  2. Shape each portion into a ball. If the mixture doesn't hold, then add some more refined flour. You can also add a small cube of cheese between each rice ball to make it more cheesy.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai.To check if the oil is hot or not, drop a little mixture and if it comes up easily (after a few seconds) and you see small sizzling bubbles then the oil is ready to fry the cheese and rice balls. If the mixture does not come up easily, the oil is not hot & if the mixture comes up quickly, the oil is more hot. So adjust the temperature accordingly to fry the balls evenly.
  4. Slide a few balls in the hot oil carefully. Depending upon the size of kadhai and rice cheese balls, add 3-4 balls at a time and ensure the pan is not crowded or else the cheesy rice balls will stick to each other and break. Deep-fry a few balls at a time on a medium flame till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  5. With the help of a slotted spoon, remove them and drain the rice and cheese balls an absorbent paper.
  6. Serve the rice and cheese balls immediately with tomato ketchup.
  7. If you enjoyed this rice and cheese balls recipe, also check out other deep-fried snacks recipes like Mexican Bread Rolls, Aloo Cheese Croquettes, Cheese and Spring Onion Samosa

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Nutrient values per ball
Energy58 cal
Protein1.7 g
Carbohydrates9.2 g
Fiber0.4 g
Fat1.6 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A16 mcg
Vitamin B10 mg
Vitamin B20 mg
Vitamin B30.2 mg
Vitamin C0 mg
Folic Acid0.8 mcg
Calcium27.8 mg
Iron0.2 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium0.2 mg
Potassium2.9 mg
Zinc0.1 mg

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Rice and Cheese Balls
 on 09 Apr 20 03:37 PM

i tried this recipe but could not fried. rice in the balls got spread in the kadai. why this happened??
Rice and Cheese Balls
 on 26 May 16 12:21 PM

I don''t have mustard seeds powder is there any other variant? Also, Can I use corns here?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Anjali, You can omit it, no problem, they will yet taste very good. Happy Cooking !!
26 May 16 04:30 PM
Rice and Cheese Balls
 on 23 May 16 05:32 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Anjana. We are delighted you loved the Rice and Cheese Balls recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
24 May 16 09:35 AM