Arancini Balls

I shock my proper Bengali mother, by watching Shinchan, Tom and Jerry and a variety of other animated movies πŸ˜‰ Her reaction would be rolling her eyes and telling me to grow up πŸ˜€

Keeping aside all the ‘for’ and ‘against’ of watching Shinchan, i got intrigued by ‘rice balls’ he frequently eats πŸ˜€

This is how our lunch was born one day………….

(This is from my archive)

A ‘time -pass’ lunch with 50% health quotient πŸ˜‰ ( they are deep fried balls)

A bowl of leftover cooked rice was sitting in corner of the fridge, waiting to be utilized πŸ˜› and I was in no mood to make what we Bongs call ‘bhaat bhaja’ aka Fried Rice….so was born the Italian take on Japanese Onigiri – Arancini Balls πŸ™‚

arancini balls

Served on a bed of crunchy multi -grain sprouts and pomegranate salad, with some tomatoes, onion, salt, pepper and lime juice. πŸ™‚ and a bit of BBQ sauce to dip in.

Simple to cook and good to eat.

here’s what i did …………


Makes 6 balls

1 Β½ cup – leftover cooked rice

3 tbsp – grated cheese, preferably gouda / cheddar

ΒΌ tsp – black pepper powder

Salt to taste

1 slice – cheese (mozzarella)

1 egg – for egg wash/dip

3 tsp – all purpose flour / corn flour

1 cup – bread crumbs

BBQ sauce

Oil for frying


In a bowl, mix the rice, grated gouda, black pepper and salt together well. Cut small squares of the mozzarella cheese slice. Beat the egg in a bowl and keep aside. Spread the all purpose flour and bread crumbs in two separate plate or flat bowls. Wet the palms and start making the balls. Make a dip in the centre and fill few tiny cheese squares, close the ball around. Roll the rice ball in the all purpose flour, and then dip it into the beaten egg. Now roll the ball into the bread crumbs and press it slightly. Deep fry it in hot oil on medium flame till golden brown in color.

Serve it as it is with BBQ sauce or get innovative and serve it on a bed of salad or sprouts etc.

mix rice, grated cheese, salt and pepper

mix rice, grated cheese, salt and pepper

sliced up the cheese slice into small squares

sliced up the cheese slice into small squares

1 beaten egg, flour for dusting and bread crumbs to roll

1 beaten egg, flour for dusting and bread crumbs to roll

This can be a good starter or cocktail bites. πŸ™‚

arancini balls

Burrrrp !!! πŸ˜€


Happy cooking !!!

Cheers !! πŸ˜€





About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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13 Responses to Arancini Balls

  1. Great way to use left over rice:) awesome Andy

  2. shailja says:

    Andy … This looks so yummy & such a nice way to use left over rice πŸ™‚ .

  3. Malar says:

    That’s a good idea Andy πŸ™‚

  4. Charanya says:

    I get amazed at people who can deep fry πŸ™‚ Awesome color on the outside

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