One time, we had leftover Jasmin rice from the day before. It’s such a pity to throw it away, so instead, here is what happened: we rolled them into dainty, delicious rice balls. Perfect little balls as a starter, these rice balls have a bit of coconut milk in them, adding a slight sweetness with a hint of the coconut flavor. Then the herbs and spices added to the rice balls can form patterns and add flavor to these little treats.
Rice is a staple in many countries, but especially in Asia. Rice is served as a side dish to many viands, as a porridge, used to make bread, desserts, cakes, and many other things. It is very adaptable, and many cultures across the globe love it. It is a perfect source of carbohydrates and can easily absorb different flavors.
Even if you don’t have leftover Jasmin rice, I would recommend that you make this dish. When you cook the rice, use less water than normal. Then when it’s almost cooked, add 1/4 cup of coconut milk and let it soften and dry out. Now you can make delicious rice balls.
Jasmin Rice Pea Balls
- 1 cup Jasmin rice
- 2 cups of water
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- pinch of nutmeg
- 2 pods of cardamon crushed.
- 1 small head of broccoli
- 1 cup sweet peas
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- Dash of thyme
- Dash of white pepper
- Dash of nutmeg
If you are making rice from scratch, place the rice in a pot with two cups of water and cook covered on high heat for about 10 minutes.
When the rice is almost cooked, lower the heat to a minimum and add coconut milk.
Allow it to simmer for about 5 more minutes and remove from heat. Remove the rice from the pot and allow it to cool on a plate completely for about 2-3 hours.
You can make this the night before to make it easier for you to cook the next day, or use leftover rice from the previous day.
Then in a separate pan, saute the sweet peas in vegetable, seasoned with the cumin powder, turmeric powder, nutmeg, black pepper, salt for about 3 minutes, and set aside. Now you're ready to make the rice balls.
Form the cooked jasmine rice into balls, about 1 teaspoonful per ball. rub some water or coconut oil on your palms so that the rice does not stick to your hands. To do this properly, form the ball and lightly press it flat. Then form it into a ball again, repeating this process 3x before placing it onto the plate. In this way, the balls remain whole and firm.
Then you can roll these balls onto some spices and herbs, depending on the flavors that you prefer. You can also make pretty patterns as well when you do this.