Risotto Balls with Pizza Sauce

Risotto is a traditional continental preparation of rice and cheese. It is a soft dish, somewhat similar to our comforting khichdi. In this more exotic form, a mixture of rice, cheese, herbs and capsicum is rounded into balls, dipped in a flour batter and deep-fried into delicious Risotto Balls, which are crisp outside and delightfully gooey inside. Served with tangy and flavourful pizza sauce, this is a perfect starter for an Italian style meal.

Risotto Balls with Pizza Sauce

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Risotto Balls with Pizza Sauce recipe - How to make Risotto Balls with Pizza Sauce

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     12Makes 12 balls
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1 cup cooked arborio rice
1/2 cup grated processed cheese
1/2 cup plain flour (maida)
1/4 cup finely chopped capsicum (red , yellow and green)
1 1/2 tsp dry red chilli flakes (paprika)
2 tbsp finely chopped basil
salt to taste
bread crumbs for rolling
oil for deep-frying

For Serving
pizza sauce

  1. Combine the plain flour and ¾ cup of water in a bowl and mix well into a thick batter till no lumps remain. Keep aside.
  2. Combine the rice, cheese, capsicum, chilli flakes, basil and salt in a deep bowl and mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions and shape each portion into a round ball.
  4. Dip each ball into the plain flour-water mixture and roll them in the bread crumbs till they are evenly covered from all the sides. Refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and deep-fry the balls, a few at a time, till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper.
  6. Serve immediately with pizza sauce.
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Risotto Balls with Pizza Sauce
 on 27 Apr 21 08:41 AM

Tasted ok. Definitely need to be eaten immediately for best taste. Used about 1 cup or more for bread crumbs. Roll generously.
Tarla Dalal
27 Apr 21 02:52 PM
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Risotto Balls with Pizza Sauce
 on 05 Jan 21 12:10 AM

Must try recipe. Turned put amazing. Very soft balls. Tasted superb with the sauce.
Tarla Dalal
05 Jan 21 07:32 PM
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Risotto Balls with Pizza Sauce
 on 21 Aug 15 02:08 PM

Superb!! Need to be served immediately but a great party starter...
Risotto Balls
 on 24 Nov 14 04:15 PM

I had tried Risotto rice many times, but risotto balls is something different. These balls serves a great taste of herbs, cheese and basil..