How to make Saffron Rice Balls -

Saffron flavoured rich dumplings stuffed with cheese mixture and deep fried.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Saffron (kesar) (केसर), Rice (चावल)

Cuisine : Fusion

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Saffron Rice Balls

Saffron Rice Balls Recipe Card


Fusion cuisine is one that combines elements of different culinary traditions. Cuisines of this type are not categorized according to any one particular cuisine style and have played a part in a number of innovations.
Fusion food is a general term for the combination of various forms of cookery and comes in several forms.  

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Saffron Rice Balls Recipe

  • Saffron (kesar) a few strands

  • Rice 1 cup

  • Butter 2 tablespoons

  • Onion finely chopped 1 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Black peppercorns crushed to taste

  • Fresh coriander leaves finely chopped 1/2 cup

  • Mozzarella cheese grated 1 cup

  • Red capsicum finely chopped 1

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 1/2 cup

  • Bread crumbs 2 cups

  • Oil to fry


Step 1

Wash and drain the rice. Heat the butter in a pan, add onion and sauté for one to two minutes or till translucent. Add rice, saffron, salt and crushed peppercorns.

Step 2

Add two and half cups of water, cover and cook till the rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed. Remove from heat. Add coriander leaves, mozzarella cheese and red capsicum and mix well mashing the rice lightly.

Step 3

Let the mixture cool. Add one cup of water to corn flour and whisk to make a slurry. Place the breadcrumbs in a plate. Divide the rice mixture into equal portions and roll each portion into a ball.

Step 4

Dip the balls in the corn flour slurry and roll in the breadcrumbs. Heat sufficient oil in a deep pan and deep fry the rice balls till golden brown.

Step 5

Drain and place them on an absorbent paper. Serve hot with tomato ketchup or cheese dip.

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