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Cheesy rice balls are also known as arancinis in italian cuisine. It is the most popular appetizer in italy. There are many variations of rice balls. You can make these from leftover last night rice or risotto as well. A food lover can’t deny how unique and unusual these balls taste is. These rice balls are stuffed with mozzarella and served with warm marinara sauce. It compliments tea time sank and also a perfect appetizer for date night dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Refrigeration time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings:15 Pieces


  • 2 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 1 Small Onion (Finely Chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp Bell Pepper (Finely Chopped)
  • 1 Clove Garlic (Minced)
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander (Chopped)
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ Tsp Chili Flakes
  • 1 Cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese (Shredded)
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • ½ Cup All-purpose Flour
  • Vegetable Oil For Frying
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Rice Balls Using Leftover Rice(Arancini)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 189mg8%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Take a large bowl to add 2 cups of leftover cooked rice. You can also use freshly boiled rice.
  • Add one small size finely chopped onion,2 tbsp: finely chopped bell pepper and one clove of minced garlic in rice.
  • Add 2 tbsp. Chopped coriander.1/2 tsp. Salt.1/2 tsp. Black pepper,1/2 tsp. Chili flakes and ½ cup of bread crumbs.
  • The popular ingredient of italian cooking, yes! Mozzarella. Add a 1 cup of shredded mozzarella in a bowl.
  • Add one medium size egg for binding and mix well.
  • Wet your hands with water and make medium size fine balls. Repeat watering your hand before making every ball.
  • Plate ½ cup of all-purpose flour,1/2 cup of breadcrumbs and the remaining egg, cracked the egg in a bowl and whisked well.
  • Take a ball, cover it with flour then dip in an egg bath and coated with breadcrumbs. Perform this process with all shots.
  • Refrigerate coated balls/arancini for 15 minutes.
  • Heat the vegetable oil at medium-high heat for deep fry arancini.
  • Fry the balls until golden brown.
  • Serve these balls as an appetizer before a meal or with the evening tea, however, you prefer.


If you are hosting a dinner party with different food items, go for these yummy, crunchy and cheesy rice balls with your favorite sauce. You can either choose marina or pesto, they go incredibly perfect with both.
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