Rice balls are a fave way to use up leftover rice in our house, and they make a perfect snack for the kids’ lunchboxes too.
Add in finely chopped vegetables, spices, herbs and cheese, they are quite versatile in terms of how you can flavour them up.
I like using short grained rice for the rice balls. It sticks together better than my beloved basmati, and the brand I use has a lovely aroma too. (I use Numa, which is a local Ugandan brand). I also prefer baking them rather than frying as its less to clean up and healthier too.
For the ingredients, I usually use:-
1. 2 cups of already cooked and chilled short grain rice.
2. 1 tsp dried mixed herbs.
3. 1/4tsp ground tumeric
4. 1 tsp paprika
5. Salt and pepper to taste.
6. 1 cup grated cheese (Cheddar, mozzarella or a mix of both).
7. 1 tbsp mayonnaise.
8. 1 egg.
9. 2 tbsp breadcrumbs.
10. 1/2 cup of drained and shredded tuna, or chopped sandwich ham or chicken.
11. 1/2 cup mixed finely chopped veggies. ( I like adding onion, garlic, and bell peppers)
(Tip: if you opt to fry the balls instead of baking, you can roll them in some all purpose / besan flour/ rice flour then fry to get a crispy layer on top).
The rice balls are so easy to make.
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
2. Line a baking tray with some baking paper.
3. In a large bowl, combine all your preferred ingredients well. Roll them into balls and place them on the baking tray. I usually get about 18- 20 balls at a go.
4. Spray lightly with some olive oil and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Serve them with a salad of choice and ketchup. They are so yummy.
Easy to make, colourful, healthy, fuss free, filling and so tasty.
Definitely worth a try!