Friday, March 20, 2009

Rice fritters with nigella seeds

Rice fritters with nigella seeds

The same way one doesn’t need a velvety voice to sing fantastic songs - Dave Faulkner is there to prove it – food doesn’t have to be all fancy and complicated to be good. A simple salad, made with fresh ingredients, can be a wonderful meal. And these fritters, made of leftovers, are delicious snacks.

The original recipe calls for poppy seeds, but since I don’t have them here I used nigella seeds instead - they added a crunchy/earthy/nutty touch to something I ate on a regular basis as a child.

Rice fritters with nigella seeds

Rice fritters with nigella seeds
adapted from a Brazilian cookbook

2 cups rice, cooked
2 eggs
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Coating:
2 eggs
1 cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup nigella seeds
vegetable oil for deep frying

In a bowl, place the rice with the 2 eggs, parmesan, parsley, flour, salt and pepper. Using a fork or a potato masher, smash the ingredients together until well combined.
Take small portions (1 tablespoon) of the mixture and roll into balls.
Place the breadcrumbs in one bowl and mix in the nigella seeds. Place the other 2 eggs in another bowl and lightly beat them.
Dip each ball in the egg mixture, then in the breadcrumb mixture and turn to coat.
Heat the oil in a small and deep saucepan over medium-high heat and fry the rice balls, 3 at a time, until evenly golden.
Remove from oil and place on paper towels.

Serve hot.

Makes about 20

Rice fritters with nigella seeds

14 comments:

Kelly said...

I love nigella seeds! I am always looking for new ways to use them. I like them mixed into the potato filling of my Aloo Paratha, and mixed into curry. Those look wonderful.

Snooky doodle said...

I ve never tried Nigella seeds. these fritters look delicious. Such a nice snack. :)

Elyse said...

These look totally delicious. What a clever little treat. I love bite size fritters. I've never had nigella seeds. Are they similar to poppy seeds? Any flavor?

Peter G said...

What a great treat Patricia! These look and sound delicious!

Ash said...

these look super delicious!!!

Katie said...

I love anything fried and rice fritters really work for me. I think I could a bunch of these.

Chris @ Beyond Ramen said...

What a great way to use up leftover rice! I might try experimenting with fry-baking, me being my fat-obsessed usual self :P

KJ said...

I have never tried nigella seeds. This is what I love about food blogs. There is always something new and interesting to discover.

ChichaJo said...

This is a perfect way to make use of leftover rice! :)

Lucy said...

I haven't seen something like those fritters before but they look absolutely goregeous! A perfect snack :)

eatme_delicious said...

I'd love some of those!! They look so good.

Deborah said...

I've never had nigella seeds, but I have had poppy seeds! These look delicious!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Kelly, I love them too! :D
That sounds so interesting, I have got to try it!

Natalie, thank you!

Elyse, they are not similar, but just as good. I prefer poppy seeds, though.

Pete, thank you!

Ash, thank you!

Katie, I'm glad you like them, tks!

Chris, no rice goes to the bin around here. :D

KJ, I always learn new things from food blogs, too, darling!

Joey, I'm glad you like it, darling!

Lucy, they are wonderful with some cold beer on a hot day. :D

Ashley, thank you!

Deb, I think poppy seeds would make these even better! Tks!

Half Baked said...

I've never cooked with nigella seeds, but your fritters make me want to change that!

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