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Vegetable Stuffed Rice Balls

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  • January 1, 2018
Got left-over rice? Let’s give it a new delicious twist. Sounds great, right? As part of the series of recipes with Rice that are creative, fun and delicious, this recipe of Vegetable Stuffed Rice Balls is not only delicious but is an awesome way to use those left-over rice and turn them into crispy and flavorful snack.



Inspired by the Italian favorite Arancini (Italian Rice balls) that are made with Risotto (Arborio rice, an Italian rice variety), these Vegetable Stuffed Rice Balls are made with Basmati Rice. I’ve used Reem ka Steam Basmati Rice for creating this recipe. I had so much fun working on rice recipes and specially with Reem ka Steam Rice as the rice quality is great. It’s long grain rice, fragrant and takes less time to cook too. 

What makes these rice balls even more exciting is the stuffing. The crisp outside, soft creamy inside with colorful vegetables, the combination is delicious. The breadcrumbs give the added crunch to it, making it even more crispier. I’ve used vegetables as stuffing for rice balls, you can use meat, cheese or any kind of stuffing as per your liking. You can be as creative as you want and go according to your taste palette.

If you like this recipe, check out other ones on the series Rice Recipes here and here.

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Vegetable Stuffed Rice Balls
by December-29-2017

Crunchy deep-fried rice balls stuffed with vegetables and a hint of sauce. A great way to use those left-over rice and turn them into an exciting snack

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

For Rice

Vegetable Stuffing

  • 1/2 Cup Mixed Vegetables, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, crushed
  • Mozzarella Cheese diced, as needed
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

Breading

  • Flour
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying

Serve with

  • Chili Sauce

Instructions

  1. Cook Reem ka Steam Rice according to package instructions.
  2. In a large sauce pan bring Chicken Stock to a boil add rice and black pepper. Cook over a very low heat, stirring frequently until the stock has been absorbed. Rice will look overcooked but a perfect texture for rice balls. Keep aside to cool completely or refrigerate overnight.
  3. In another sauce pan over medium heat add oil, green chilies and minced. Saute until light golden and fragrant. Add the vegetables and the seasonings and stir. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Taste check and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  4. Prepare the breading station: In a deep plate beat the eggs and season with a little salt and pepper. In two other deep plates keep flour and bread crumbs.
  5. To make the rice balls: Put some cooled rice in your hand keeping it cupped shaped (make sure you wet your hand a bit for easy handling) and flatten it. Place a tablespoon of filling and a pice of mozzarella in center along. Add a little more rice on the top and start closing it around filling into a ball shape.
  6. Dust the rice balls with flour, then roll in the egg and then in breadcrumbs until completely coated.
  7. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and fry the rice balls until golden. Drain on kitchen paper.
  8. Serve hot with Chili Sauce.

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Crispy Chicken Bites – Two Ways

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  • October 20, 2017
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There are days when you crave for something crunchy, hot and filling. This happens mostly in winters (with me at least) when the temperature drops your body craves for warm, comforting food to keep those winter chills away. While these seasonal craving are unavoidable, one can simply not resist hot crispy chicken on any day specially when it’s tender and spicy too – all in one bite.

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These chicken bites are a no-hassle finger food, one that can be prepared quickly and the best thing you can get your kids to help. It would be a nice kitchen activity, simply set up a dredging station with bowls of egg and coating and let the kids do this stuff. This will keep them busy while it’s being prepared and then everyone gets to enjoy these delicious chicken bites. So, it’s a win-win. 
There is a secret ingredient in this recipe that makes these chicken bites more crispy and add flavor to it. The ingredient is in it’s coating. These chicken bites are coated with cracker crumbs which give it the crunch, flavor, makes it healthy and full of Proteins!

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I’m sharing two ways to prepare these delicious chicken bites. One is a healthy version and the other not so healthy version. I just want everyone to enjoy these so that nobody feels left out and hey, these are kid-friendly too.

I love to have these as it is but you can have it the way you like it, the choices are endless. Simply prepare these chicken bites and a bowl of salad – there you have a quick lunch/dinner ready! It’s a great evening snack to have with chai or your favorite drink. Having friends over? No problem, serve these Cripsy Chicken Bites with a side of french fries, coleslaw and some cold drinks. The options are endless and nobody can say NO to such deliciousness. Trust me, you’ll get Big Smiles in return.

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Crispy Chicken Bites – Two Ways
by October-20-2017
Bite-sized Chicken pieces crispy on the outside and juicy inside with a perfect balance of spices. Fry them up or bake them, these golden and crunchy chicken bites make irresistible finger food.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

For The Chicken

  • 4 Boneless Chicken Breast halves, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2-3 Tbsp Hot Chili Sauce,I used Sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

For The Egg-Mix

  • 1-2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Hot Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika

For The Coating

  • 1/2 Cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Cup Finely crushed Crackers

Instructions

Method 1: Fried Crispy Chicken Bites

  1. In a prep bowl add chicken pieces along with all the ingredients. Stir to coat well and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes
  2. While the chicken is marinating, set up the dredging station. In a bowl whisk eggs and add the egg-mix ingredients. Whisk it all together until foamy
  3. In another shallow dish, add all-purpose flour and mix in salt, dried oregano, garlic pepper, paprika and black pepper. Mix all the ingredients together
  4. In another shallow dish or bowl add finely crushed crackers
  5. Take the chicken out of refrigerator. Heat oil for frying in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat
  6. Coat the chicken first in flour, then in egg-mix and then generously roll in crushed crackers. You can repeat the steps to make a thick coating
  7. Carefully add the coated chicken pieces in the hot oil, don’t over crowd the pan. Let cook for 4-5 minutes until the chicken is crisp, golden and cooked through
  8. Remove from oil and drain on kitchen towel.
  9. Serve these hot and Crispy Chicken Bites with your favorite dipping sauce

Method 2: Baked Crispy Chicken Bites

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C and grease a baking sheet with oil
  2. In a prep bowl add chicken pieces along with all the ingredients. Stir to coat well and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes
  3. While the chicken is marinating, set up the dredging station. In a bowl whisk eggs and add the egg-mix ingredients. Whisk it all together until foamy
  4. In another shallow dish, add all-purpose flour and mix in salt, dried oregano, garlic pepper, paprika and black pepper. Mix all the ingredients together
  5. In another shallow dish or bowl add finely crushed crackers
  6. Take the chicken out of refrigerator. Heat oil for frying in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat
  7. Coat the chicken first in flour, then in egg-mix and then generously roll in crushed crackers. You can repeat the steps to make a thick coating
  8. Line the chicken on the greased baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 8 minutes and then turn sides. Bake for another 8 minutes until the chicken is crisp, golden and cooked through. Baking time may vary, just make sure the chicken it cooked through
  9. Serve these hot and Crispy Chicken Bites with your favorite dipping sauce

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Chicken Cheese Balls

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Ramadan Kareem – the most awaited month of the year is here, the month of blessings, forgiveness and mercy. Every year I’m pretty excited about the month of Ramadan and this year is no different, there is so much of spiritual enlightenment, a festive feel, the urge to earn rewards and blessings, doing good to others, sharing, helping and caring, which makes this the best month of All! And of-course there is FOOD

The family waking up and having pre-dawn meal (suhoor/sheri) together, offering Fajr prayers, reading the Quran is such a serene and peaceful feeling and then the exciting part of the day is to wait for the Maghrib prayers to break the fast with the evening meal (iftar/iftari). This recipe of Chicken Cheese Balls is one of my favorite recipes for snacks, and it makes a delicious iftar item too (this is my mother’s recipe)

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Whether it’s a get together, a birthday, iftaar or a craving my sisters and I would always ask our mother to  make these delicious, cheesy and golden chicken balls. The cravings for fried food is generally very high in Ramadan, so these golden balls, that are crunchy on the outside and soft and cheesy on the inside are a perfect way to satisfy that craving. The recipe is so easy that you can make a batch, freeze it and fry whenever you have those Chicken Cheese Balls cravings.
My mother’s chicken cheese balls recipe is a favorite among family and friends. This recipe that I’m sharing is her classic version that we all love and hope it becomes a regular at your home too.

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Chicken Cheese Balls
by June-11-2016
Chicken Cheese Balls! These crispy on the outside and soft and cheesy on the inside golden little balls are an easy, delicious and tasty snack

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Makes 20 balls

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Chicken, boiled and shredded
  • 2-3 Medium Potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 2 Eggs, boiled and mashed
  • 2-3 Green Chilies, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Paste
  • 2 Tbsp Cornflour
  • 3/4 Cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 2 Eggs
  • Bread Crumbs for coating
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Mix together chicken, mashed potatoes and mashed eggs
  2. Mix in all the seasoning along with green chilies and cornflour, until well combined
  3. Make small balls of the mixture, dip each ball in egg and coat with bread crumbs. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes
  4. Heat oil over medium heat, fry the balls until golden. Serve with your favorite dip

Notes

  1. You can make a batch of chicken cheese balls and freeze. Take out and fry till golden when needed
  2. To add a little more cheese, Take about 1-2 Tbsp of the chicken cheese ball mixture and spread it on your palm. Place a cube of mozzarella cheese in the center and roll it into a ball,dip in egg, coat with crumbs and fry
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6 Days of “Butter Puff Crackers” Snack Ideas: Day 5

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  • September 2, 2015
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When the weather is fine, all you can think of is to spend some time outdoors and what better excuse than to pack a picnic. Even the thought of sitting outside when its pleasant, sipping on your favorite drinks and nibbling on delicious snacks is so fascinating (makes me go for a picnic right now). Picnics are a great way to spend good time with family and friends it’s also a good way to involve everyone in making the picnic food/snacks.

You may have planned a BBQ for your picnic but while preparing you definitely need something to snack on. I mean, that’s what a picnic is for, food, food, FOOD. Nobody wants to carry the entire kitchen when you want to free yourself from daily house chore and want to spend a good time. Minimum ingredients and items with minimum preparation is what you need to have maximum time relaxing and enjoying.

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To inspire you for your next picnic snack I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe using Peek Freans Butter Puff Crackers. It’s so simple to make that your kids would love doing it themselves and while the BBQ is grilling you can snack on these. Just two ingredients and you have a perfect picnic snack ready! Yes, it’s that simple and really delicious. You can also gain inspiration from Peek Freans Butter Puff page for delicious picnic snacks.
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Butter Puff Picnic Snacks

INGREDIENTS
  • Half-Roll Packs  Butter Puff Veggie Crackers
  • Chicken Spread, store bought
  • Carrots for topping
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Top each cracker with chicken spread and garnish with julienne carrots and cabbage.
Have fun on your picnic!
 
Also check out all the delicious #14WaysToButterPuff on Peek Freans Butter Puff Facebook Page
If you need some interesting ideas have a look at these here , here , here and here
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6 Days of “Butter Puff Crackers” Snack Ideas: Day 4

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  • September 1, 2015
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We all LOVE Ice-cream! We might have different choice in ice-cream flavors but everyone loves ice-cream (And if you’re someone who doesn’t – I will totally judge you on this). Generally there’s no specific time to have ice-cream you can have it whenever, wherever you want it. And when you can prepare delicious treats with it – it becomes a delicious indulgence. With Peek Freans Butter Puff Crackers you can actually make these frozen treats that’ll make you so so so HAPPY!

The Butter Puff Crackers are so light yet crisp that it’s perfect to use for a sandwich with a big scoop of ice cream in between and to enjoy your favorite ice-cream in a fun and creative way.

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There are many are so many other ways you can use Butter Puff and you can gain inspiration from Peek Freans Butter Puff page for delicious treats. But these ice cream sandwiches are my favorite of all the recipes I’ve tried/ shared, because it has ice cream and it looks so gawgeaous! You cannot stop yourself from having it.
Prepare it for kids, guests, parties, celebrations or to curb your late night ice cream cravings. Having it this way will bring you so much of Happiness that you won’t believe how much you missed this in your life (that’s an exaggeration) but you’re totally going to love it.
Butter Puff Ice Cream Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 Half-roll Packs  Butter Puff Original Crackers
  • Ice Cream, of your choice
  • Sprinkles, to decorate
  • Chocolate Sauce, to decorate
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Top one cracker with a small scoop of ice cream. Place another cracker on top of the ice cream and press gently to form a sandwich.
  2. Roll the edges in sprinkles or top them with chocolate sauce
  3. Freeze for at least 1 hour before serving
Enjoy this fun, easy and delicious frozen treat! Next up will be a snack idea for a picnic, don’t miss that delicious snack.
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If you need some interesting ideas have a look at these here , here and here
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6 Days of “Butter Puff Crackers” Snack Ideas – Day 3

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  • August 31, 2015
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Everyone tries to please their guests with delicious, finger-licking food which they’ll remember forever. Choices for party foods are great but you always want something quick and delicious for your guests that will tickle their tastebuds. Out of those many choices, Peek Freans Butter Puff  Crackers are the one’s that are light, flaky and buttery to serve your guests as appetizers and get your party started.

There are many topping options for Butter Puff and you can gain inspiration from their Peek Freans Butter Puff page for delicious treats. I was inspired by their 14 Ways to Butter Puff topping ideas and decided to make a dip for the crackers that goes so well with both Original and Veggie Crackers and makes delicious appetizers that are guaranteed party-pleasers!

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The ingredients used for this recipe are the ones that I have in my kitchen always. And I’m sure you’ll have these in yours too. If you don’t have these no worries, you can always be creative and come up with your kind-of-dip to go with these crackers. If you need some interesting ideas have a look at these Butter Puff Nachos Recipe here and Butter Puff with Penaut Butter & Jelly topping here
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With Mayo, tomato sauce, some sausages and olives you can whip up this dip in a jiffy and put together a perfect bite-sized appetizers to please a crowd and makes a great snack too.
Butter Puff Party Pleaser Dip

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 Half-roll Packs  Butter Puff Veggie Crackers/Original Crackers
  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Cup Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Sauce
  • A pich, Salt
  • A pinch Black pepper
  • Sausages and Green Olives for topping
INSTRUCTIONS
  1.  In a small bowl mix together mayonnaise, cream cheese, tomato sauce, salt and black pepper
  2. Mix in sliced sausages and olives. Keep a few aside for topping
  3. Serve your Dip with Butter Puff Veggie or Original Crackers
  4. Or, use the dip as a topping for your crackers.

Enjoy these bite-sized perfect appetizers at your next party or just snack on them! Tomorrow’s snack idea is going to be yummilicious and involves ice-cream.

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6 Days of “Butter Puff Crackers” Snack Ideas – Day 2

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  • August 30, 2015
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Schools are re-opening after long summer vacations and your little one’s must be excited about re-opening of school, new class, new bags, new stationery and just everything new. I loved going to school and enjoyed it a lot, made amazing friends who I’m still friends with and feel blessed to have them in my life. The excitement of school is there but it can become challenging for mothers to prepare lunch boxes, plan after school snacks for the kids. Well, Peek Freans Butter Puff Crackers just made it so easy for you.

Butter Puff Original Crackers rich buttery goodness that is convenient and delicious to have. I know you must have enjoyed it with your daily chai but today we’ll make something for your kids that’s fun, creative and healthy (in a way, it includes fruit) that they’ll love and and enjoy as an after school snack, while you have your chai and listen to their school stories.

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If you haven’t tried the Peek Freans Butter Puff Crackers in Original or Veggie, you should definitely try these, buttery, flaky, flavorful crackers that are super convenient and you can whip up some delicious toppings for your kid’s lunch box or an after-school snack.  You can get some inspiration from Peek Freans Butter Puff page for delicious treats. I was inspired by their 14 Ways to Butter Puff topping ideas and decided to make PB&J topped, quick and easy snack for the kids.
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You can be as creative as you can and top it with you kid’s favorite fruit, dips and sauces. You can try these Butter Puff Nachos too.
Butter Puff Back-to-School Snacks

INGREDIENTS
  • Half-Roll Pack  Butter Puff Original Crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Apple, sliced or diced
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a serving dish lay out Butter Puff Original Crackers.
  2. Top each cracker with 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter, one or two slices of apple and a layer of strawberry jam on the top.

Enjoy this delicious after-school treat with your kids! More Butter Puff snacking ideas coming tomorrow

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6 Days of “Butter Puff Crackers” Snack Ideas – Day 1

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  • August 29, 2015
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There’s always time for snacks! Even if you have 3 meals a day at times the cravings are such that you need an instant snack that’s super easy and awesomely delicious. The favorite snack of mine, has to be a hot cup of Chai (Tea) and some biscuits/crackers to go with. The satisfaction you get from dunking a biscuit in a hot cup of chai is in-explainable yet immense. And when you have Peek Freans Butter Puff it’s a whole pleasurable snacking experience.

There’s always a pack of Butter Puff Crackers in our snacks cupboard and we all enjoy having it at tea-time at home, so when they introduced the Veggie Crackers I had to try it. When I got the pack and had the first bite, the taste felt soo good and it reminded of a similar taste I had before. A few more bites and it clicked that it tastes just like herb garlic bread and boy! what a treat this was. So flavorful, flaky, rich and just perfect snacking goodness. Since that day it has become my favorite flavor other than their Original Crackers. 

The best thing about these is you can have them as-is or be creative and come up with exciting ways to spice-up your snacks. Butter Puff recently introduced some delicious Gourmet Treats with unique topper creations. You can get some inspiration from Peek Freans Butter Puff page for delicious treats. I was inspired by their 14 Ways to Butter Puff topping ideas and decided to create my own. So for the series on Snack Ideas with Butter Puff, I decided to do a weekend based first. On Saturday’s we usually have movie plans some times at the cinema and sometimes at home and no movie is complete without pop-corns and Nachos.
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For this Saturday’s Movie Night I decided to give a creative twist to Nachos and came up with these Butter Puff Nachos. This one’s easy and simple to whip up kind of a recipe and is super delicious! You can get all these ingredients ahead of time or may find them in your kitchen already (Like Me). 
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Aren’t these Butter Puff Nachos so much fun? One that you can assemble in a snap and load with your kind of toppings too. I did a simple one which turned out to be absolutely delicious.Your friends and family will LOVE these for sure!
 Butter Puff Nachos

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 Half-roll Packs  Butter Puff Veggie Crackers
  • 1/4 Cup Salsa Sauce, store bought
  • 1/4 Cup Cheese Dip, store bought
  • 2 Slices  Cheddar Cheese
  • Black Olives or Jalapeno for topping
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a serving dish lay out Butter Puff Veggie Crackers so that it covers the base completely. 
  2. Layer on with small squared slices of cheddar cheese, salsa sauce and cheese dip
  3. Microwave for a minute so that cheese melts
  4. Top Nachos with olives or Jalapenos 

Enjoy the movie & all the fun! Next Snack Idea is for your little munchkin, so don’t miss that!

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