Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Veggie Rice Balls


In the UK the yogurt council  launched for the first time Yogurt week during May. This was to bring awareness to the public about the health benefits of yogurt. Yogurt is one of my favourite ingredients and I use it daily in a lot of my cooking. The yogurt council have announced a competition to create and style a yogurt recipe I am very excited to enter. This is my entry for #yogurtstylist competition hosted by yogurt council.

Delicious crispy rice and veggie balls served in a soft fluffy pitta bread with green salad and lashing of yogurt and mint chutney.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons natural Greek yogurt
3 carrots peeled and finely grated
60 g frozen peas finely grated in food processor
3 spring onions finely chopped
3 slices brown bread ( made into crumbs)
1 teaspoon green chilli paste
1 teaspoon fresh ginger paste
1 clove garlic finely minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh coriander finely chopped
60 g  precooked cold boiled rice
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
2 tablespoons sunflower oil for cooking veggie balls


Method:

1. In a large pan add the oil, when it is hot add the garlic and spring onions and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
2. Add the ginger, chillies, carrots, peas and sauté the mixture for 3-4 minutes until the mixture is cooked.
3. Take the mixture off the heat and transfer it to a large bowl and leave to cool until it reaches room temperature.
4. To the cooled carrot mixture add the breadcrumbs, rice, salt, chilli powder, lemon juice and yogurt and bind the mixture together.
5. Pinch walnut sized balls from the mixture and roll them into crack free balls. Once all the balls are made place them in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
6. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C / 35 degrees F .
7. Oil a baking tray and place the veggie balls on it. Using  a pastry brush , brush the veggie balls with a little oil sparingly.
8.Bake the balls in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they start to turn golden brown. Rotate them intermittently  after every 4 minutes so they brown evenly. Alternatively you can shallow fry the balls.



9. I  did not bake my veggie balls in the oven instead I cooked my veggie balls in my panirayam pan also known as aebleskiver pan, to cook them in this pan just brush the pan with little oil and drop the balls in the holes, rotate them whilst cooking to ensure even browning.

To serve the Rice veggie balls, you will need some green salad, pitta bread and some yogurt mint chutney.
To make the yogurt mint chutney, add 4 tablespoons of natural  Greek yogurt into a bowl, add 1 teaspoon of mint sauce, pinch of salt and mix together.

74 comments:

  1. Ooh, these look so nice. I'm going to have to try them :)

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    1. I am sure you will enjoy them Hayley.

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  2. These look soooo yummy. I wish I was a better cook!

    xx
    www.forevermissvanity.com

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    1. These are so easy anyone can make them.

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  3. This is such a healthy way to make veggie rice balls. I would love them dipped in yogurt like dahi vada.

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    1. Mina we love them stuffed in pita bread with salad and lashing of yogurt and mint dressing.

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  4. Hmmm . . . looks delicious! I'll try these out - thanks for showing the step-by-step instructions!

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    1. Lisa you are welcome , picture steps are very user friendly.

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  5. hmm . . . looks delicious! I'll try these out! Thanks for posting the step - by - step instructions!

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    1. You are welcome Lisa I hope you enjoy making them.

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  6. That sounds sooo tasty! I have a plan like that too but I'm not sure when or where I got it. This will be my first time using it. XD

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  7. Oh yummy, please make these for me and post them :) x

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  8. i like them but dont take me wrong as for a meat lover i just want to add meat everywhere evn in rice balls, but they are great for vegetarians

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    1. Victoria I am sure you could add cooked chicken or chopped ham or something like that in them.

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  9. They look delicious and I love that pan - that would come in so handy!

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  10. These look delicious and healthy.. I have the pan and will make them soon.

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  11. They look delicious and really handy for finger food, and I love the special pan!

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    1. Its a nice pan and great for making stove top doughnuts too.

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  12. I love this recipe and am wondering if I can make a "free from" version! It's so true that the best recipes are on Blogs today, not in books!

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    1. Kate you can make the balls and flatten them like burger shapes and shallow fry them or bake them, they taste just as good.

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  13. Oh those look yummy, I have never thought about putting rice into balls like that, I am saving it off now!

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    1. Its a great way to use up left over rice.

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  14. Yum yum! I love greek yoghurt but have never used it in cooking. You recipe looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks Louisa, the yogurt helps to bind the mixture together and add a moistness to them.

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  15. What a fun way to serve rice and veg. I can make these slimming world friendly and they'll make a lovely change so I'm going to make these this week :)

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    1. Michelle, you can replace the rice with brown rice and use wholemeal bread crumbs, Recipe uses very little oil just for brushing.

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  16. You always make me feel hungry!! I am not a massive fan of chillies. Would taking the green chilli paste out make much of a difference?

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    1. Leesha, I like heat in my food but you can remove chillies it will work absolutely fine with out it. In fact when I make a batch I add chillies to one half and no chillies to other half for my younger daughter.

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  17. Making in that pan surely makes this such a healthy dish..very nice pictures...

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  18. Absolutely stunning recipe Nayna! That Danish pastry pan is on my list to buy :).
    Sonal

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  19. These look like a great meal accompaniment. I may have to give the recipe a try the next time we do a tapas-style lunch or picnic.

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    1. I hope you do Laura, they are great for parties too and picnics.

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  20. They look deliciously Devine, I seem to read food posts when I am extremely hungry so salivating at this point x

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    1. lol Idea is to make you run in kitchen and try out the recipe :)

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  21. Oooh these look lovely! My twins would love little ones to pick at x

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  22. These look fab, wonder if they will help get sme veggies into my stubborn son

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    1. Kara they look so cute you can make veggie rice balls pops , just stick a cake pop stick in them and entice your son to enjoy veggie rice ball pops.He will be so excited of the concept he won't know he is eating veggies.Also omit the chillies and dollop a bit of ketchup on top.

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  23. I am all up for yoghurt week! Delicious stuff :) Your recipe sounds amazing I also like the idea of flattening them into burger shapes. I need to get in the kitchen more.

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    1. I often flatten them and on one occasion even made them in alphabet shapes to spell my daughters name as a birthday surprise lunch treat.It was a labour of love though as her name has eight letters in it.

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  24. Oh! These look absolutely amazing! I will give these a go!

    www.rachelmariexoxo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Rachel do let me know how you enjoyed them if you make them.

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  25. I'm not a fan of rice and usually avoid rice meals but these looks delicious. My salads never look like yours would probably eat more if they did! Bookmarking this page so I can try this recipe out thank you x

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    1. I hope it converts you to rice lover, if you don't like rice you can add oats instead of rice.

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  26. What a great way to use up leftover rice. I really like this idea.

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  27. they look yummy! I'm not very good at cooking though.

    Sophie
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  28. They look delicious Nayna! Love nibbles like this, packed full of nutrition as well as flavour. Yummylicious!!!

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  29. These look delish! I've pinned them to make one day! I love the pan as well - what an invention!!

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  30. These look lovely and as a vegetarian they are right up my street. I love the pan too!

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  31. We all love spicy food here Nayna, these look great and easy to make. Yum!

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  32. These look like they would make a tasty addition to a summer buffet or BBQ :)

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  33. These look delicious, and that pan is brilliant - I want one!

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  34. These look lovely. They are something we wouldn't normally try! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. they do look amazing!
    I really want one of these

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  36. Nayna, we had something similar at FBC14 and they were good. So I would love these.

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  37. lovely Nayna...beautiful presentation...

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  38. lovely Nayna...beautiful presentation...

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  39. Those look very tasty and inexpensive.

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  40. These look delicious and a nice change from falafels. I'll be sure to try them :)

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  41. these look amazing!

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  42. Oh these look delicious. I have bookmarked this recipe

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  43. These look lovely, will be trying them shortly!

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  44. These look lovely and not too taxing it make. Will be trying them out this week :)

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  45. I have one of those pans but did not know what to use it for so now I am enlightened :-) Yogurt is also great as a substitute for milk/cream in fruit muffins

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  46. These rice balls look amazeballs!!

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