Cheesy rice balls. A delicious cheese stuffed rice balls with Italian herbs made with leftover rice. Its a kids friendly dish but adults will also love the taste of these balls. You can also make it without stuffing if you don’t like cheese much. Use herbs whatever available or whatever you like and makeover your leftover rice into a tasty snack.
Earlier shared one more rice ball recipe named bhater kofta with completely different taste and flavour. To get the recipe of Bhater kofta click here.
Ingredients used to make these rice balls
Cooked rice – I Used 2 cup tightly packed leftover rice. Cooked rice with herbs taste great.
Salt – Salt used to enhance the taste. Cheese is also slightly salty so one teaspoon is sufficient. You can taste the dough after mixing everything to check if require more.
Lemon juice – I used one and half teaspoon lemon juice for flavour and slightly tangy taste. You can add little more if you want.
Oregano – Oregano used to give a lovely flavour. You can use any herbs of your choice.
Onion powder – Onion powder also used to enhance the taste. If you don’t have onion powder then you can use one finely chopped onion.
Garlic powder – Garlic powder used for taste and garlicky flavour. I don’t like garlic much so used only half teaspoon. You can add 1-2 teaspoon if you like garlicky taste and flavour.
Chilli flakes – Chilli flakes used to give a spicy kick. You can skip or add more if you want. Use according to your taste.
Black pepper powder – Black pepper powder used for peppery flavour and mildly spicy taste. You can use little more if you like.
Rice flour – Rice flour used for binding and it will also make your rice balls crispy.
Cornflour – Cornflour also use for binding. You can use breadcrumbs instead of cornflour.
Processed cheese cubes – I had Amul processed cheese cubes so I used it. You can also use grated cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese.
You can use grated mozzarella cheese with rice and for stuffing. These cheesy rice balls taste scrumptious but very easy to make. Just mix everything, make balls and fry. Cheese stuffing is completely optional. You can make these without cheese stuffing if you want. I often make without cheese stuffing. Use little grated cheese with rice only. You can also use Indian spices in rice dough. Add cumin powder, garam masala powder, amchur and chaat masala instead of oregano. You can also use finely chopped green chilli if you want.
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Cooked rice – 2 cup tightly packed
Salt – 1 teaspoon
Lemon juice – 1&1/2 teaspoon
Oregano – 2 teaspoon
Onion powder – 2 teaspoon
Garlic powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Chilli flakes – 1/4 teaspoon, optional
Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste
Rice flour – 1 tablespoon
Cornflour – 2 tablespoon
Processed cheese cubes – as required
1. Mash the cooked rice well. Add salt, lemon juice, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper powder, rice flour, cornflour and Chilli flakes if using. You can add 1 teaspoon garlic powder if you want.
2. Mix everything well. Cooked rice becomes like a dough. You can use finely chopped 1 onion instead of onion powder. See notes for more options.
3. Add 1 grated processed cheese cube and mix everything well with your hand. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Make equal size balls. I made 7 balls with this dough.
4. Flatten the balls with your palm. Cut the cheese cube into 6 equal pieces. Place a piece of cheese cube in the middle. Gather the edges and make a ball again. Make all the cheese stuffed balls.
5. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok. Fry the balls on medium heat till golden brown from all the sides. Don’t over crowd. Fry 3-4 balls at a time.
6. When balls becomes golden brown take out the balls with a slotted spoon and place on a plate. Serve immediately as a teatime snack or starter.
1. Use more garlic powder if you like garlicky taste.
2. Use chilli flakes and black pepper powder according to your taste. Skip if making for kids.
3. Cheese stuffing is completely optional. I sometimes make it without cheese stuffing. These rice balls will be taste great in both ways.
4. Breadcrumbs can be used instead of rice flour and cornflour.
5. You can also use grated cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese instead of cheese cubes.
6. Indian spices can be used instead of Italian herbs. You can use cumin powder, garam masala powder, amchur and chaat masala instead of oregano. You can also use finely chopped onion and green chilli if you want.
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