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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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Biscuit Bhel (Bhelpuri with a twist)

Bhel Puri – a crunchy, flavorful chaat, is one of the most popular street foods in Pakistan and India. This delicious snack is low in calories but packed with zesty flavors and crunchy textures. A traditional bhel puri is made with a variety of ingredients, one of them being the puri (deep fried crackers) which adds the crunch and also serves the purpose of a spoon to enjoy the chaat. We  added a twist to the traditional recipe by replacing Puri with Biscuits (Crackers) and we have the Biscuit Bhel

Bhel means mixture and Bhel puri is all about textures. While a chaat generally has two or three basic ingredients, bhel puri has a lot more ingredients which includes puffed rice, sev, crumbled puri, onions, potatoes, three different chutneys and anything you would want in your chaat.

I was first introduced to this delicious snack in my childhood when a restaurant Lahore Chatkhara opened up in Lahore that served a variety of popular street foods. Our favorites on the menu were papdi chaat, dahi puri and bhel puri. My sisters and I used to choose one dish each as per our liking and totally did not share with one another (because it was soo good, lol) okay, no we did share because the portions served were generous and we were kids then. But Bhel Puri always was part of our order every time we went there and is still a favorite.
Replacing puri with biscuits (crackers) in Biscuit Bhel does not change the flavors of the chaat at all. It saves you from preparing those deep fried puris, unless you’re getting pre-made puris from the store. You can easily prepare this quick and jhat pat recipe in 10 minutes. It’s super easy, you can use the list of ingredients shared below and can add more as per your taste palate and liking. I do suggest using the ingredients mentioned because these are the basic ingredients for the dish but feel free to adjust as per your taste.
The star ingredients of this chaat are the three must-have chutneys that give this chaat that sweet, spicy, tangy and chatpata flavor. As bhel puri and this biscuit bhel is all about texture – the crispy puffed rice, soft but firm boiled potatoes, crunchy crackers (biscuits), crisp sev, sweet and spicy chutneys and small pieces of onions that squish as you bite into them (salivating??), all these together make this chaat/snack/street food a favorite and oh so delicious!
While you’re here do check out my other recipes and do follow for more delicious recipes coming up for Eid.

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Biscuit Bhel (Bhel Puri with a Twist)
by June-25-2017
Biscuit Bhel – a sweet and spicy snack chaat of puffed rice, sev, vegetables and chutneys with a twist of cracker (biscuits)

Prep time: Yield: serves 4 -6

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add boiled potatoes, onions, green chilies and crackers. Top these with the chutneys and mix well.
  2. Now add spiced boondi, puffed rice and toss everything together
  3. Garnish with fresh corriander, sev, some chopped onion and chaat masala

Notes

  1. Biscuit Bhel is supposed to be crunchy, so don’t prepare in advance as the ingredients will become soggy. So prepare fresh to keep it crunchy.
  2. You can also add roasted peanuts too
  3. If you plan to make it, stock up on sev and puffed rice. Make the chutneys in advance to save time.
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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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BBQ Chicken Burgers with Jalapenos & BBQ Sauce

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  • March 25, 2016
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I’m back on the blog, after a crazy busy, yet exciting, full of fun first quarter of 2016. And the come back had to exciting so, I bring to you the yummiest of all recipes “BBQ Chicken Burgers” topped with pickled jalapenos and drizzled with chili mayo and savory BBQ sauce and of course loads of cheese!

This is a must-try Burger Weekend kind of a recipe, so you cannot miss trying this out. This recipe is special, as it’s by my sister who is an Ah-mazing, Ah-mazing cook, a die-hard foodie and one who loves making delicious food for everyone (yes, we’re the lucky ones 😀 ).

I asked on my FB Page here, that how many of you want the recipe of these burgers and a lot of you  said “You Want It”, well it’s finally here for you try and enjoy.
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It’s Burger Weekend here at TTTB and we’re celebrating with BBQ Chicken burger with jalapenos and flavorsome BBQ sauce and chili mayo. Gone are the days of simple lettuce, tomato kind of a burger. Try out a different kind of a burger, you’ll love the change that’s full of flavor.
Happy Burger Weekend!

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BBQ Chicken Burgers with Jalapenos
by March-25-2016
“BBQ Chicken Burgers” topped with pickled jalapenos and drizzled with chili mayo and savory BBQ sauce and of course loads of cheese!

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

Ingredients

For Burgers

  • 500 Grams (1lb) Ground Chicken
  • 1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Green Onion (chopped, finely)
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander (chopped, finely)
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp Paprika Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 5 Tbsp Barbecue Sauce, divided (homemade or store bought, I used store bought)

For Serving

  • Burger Buns, toasted on grill
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Cheddar Cheese, slices
  • Additional Barbecue Sauce
  • Ice Berg Lettuce
  • Chili Mustard Mayo

Instructions

  1. To make the burgers, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, green onion, coriander, brown sugar, spices and 2 tablespoons of the barbecue sauce in a medium bowl and mix gently until well combined. Form the mixture into four equal patties. Transfer to a plate and refrigerate until ready to grill.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the Chili Mustard Mayo by mixing together Mayonnaise, mustard paste and chili sauce about 2 Tbsp each.
  3. Oil the grates of the grill. Place the burger patties on the heated grill and cook about 3-4 minutes. Flip the burgers and brush the cooked sides generously with some of the remaining 3 tablespoons of barbecue sauce. Cook about 3 minutes, then flip once more and brush the second side with barbecue sauce. Top with cheese slices, Cook just until cooked through and cheese is melted.
  4. On the toasted buns spread Chili Mustard Mayo, place iceberg lettuce, the grilled burger patty, some more Chili Garlic Mayo, Barbecue Sauce and pickled jalapenos. Add cheese according to your liking.
  5. Serve with fries, slaw, extra BBQ sauce and Devour!
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