WITHOUT FLOUR The mother-in-law taught, now everyone asks for a RECIPE


In a world where dietary preferences and restrictions vary widely, finding versatile and delicious recipes can be a game-changer. One such recipe gaining popularity is smart rice balls. These delectable treats, devoid of flour, offer a unique twist to traditional meatballs. With a crunchy exterior and a flavorful filling, they make for a satisfying snack or a delightful addition to any meal.

The Origins of the Recipe

The story behind smart rice balls traces back to traditional cooking methods passed down through generations. Originally shared by a mother-in-law, this recipe has now become a sought-after secret in many households. Its simplicity and ingenuity have captivated taste buds and sparked a culinary craze.

Ingredients You’ll Need

To embark on your smart rice ball journey, gather the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of washed rice (400 g)
  • 4 cups of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Onion
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 400 g of shredded paper
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Spices to taste
  • 50 ml melted butter (5 tablespoons)
  • 6 medium eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Breadcrumbs

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparing the Rice Base

  1. Begin by washing the basmati rice and placing it in a pan.
  2. Add the four cups of very hot water and the teaspoon of salt.
  3. Cook on low heat until the rice becomes soft and ready.
  4. Transfer the cooked rice to a large glass bowl and let it cool slightly, stirring occasionally.

Cooking the Minced Meat

  1. Clean and chop the onion into small pieces.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan with a drizzle of oil and brown the onion.
  3. Add the minced meat and cook until browned, stirring occasionally.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, and spices to taste, ensuring a homogeneous mixture.

Assembling the Rice Balls

  1. Combine the cooked rice with melted butter and three eggs, mixing thoroughly.
  2. Line a small bowl with cling film and spoon the rice mixture into it, spreading it evenly.
  3. Place a spoonful of minced meat and onion in the center of the rice base.
  4. Use the cling film to shape the mixture into a meatball and transfer it to a plate.
  5. Repeat the process until all the rice mixture and minced meat are used.

Breading and Frying

  1. Beat three eggs in a bowl and add cornstarch, mixing until smooth.
  2. Dip each meatball in the egg and cornstarch mixture, then coat with breadcrumbs.
  3. Heat sunflower seed oil in a pan and fry the meatballs until golden brown.
  4. Drain excess oil by placing the smart rice balls on a plate lined with absorbent paper.

Tips for Perfect Smart Rice Balls

  • Ensure the rice is cooked to perfection for the right texture.
  • Experiment with different spices to customize the flavor profile.
  • Use fresh ingredients for the best taste and nutritional value.
  • Adjust the size of the meatballs according to your preference for serving.

Serving Suggestions

Serve smart rice balls as appetizers with dipping sauces or as a main course alongside salads or vegetables. They also make for excellent party snacks and lunchbox treats.

Health Benefits

These flourless rice balls offer a gluten-free option for individuals with dietary restrictions. They are rich in protein from the minced meat and eggs, making them a nutritious choice for any meal.

Variations to Try

  • Substitute the minced meat with cooked vegetables for a vegetarian option.
  • Add cheese or herbs to the rice mixture for extra flavor.
  • Experiment with different types of rice for unique textures and tastes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I make smart rice balls ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare them in advance and reheat them before serving for convenience.
  2. Can I freeze smart rice balls?
    • Absolutely, they freeze well and can be stored for up to a month. Just ensure they are properly sealed to maintain freshness.
  3. Can I bake the rice balls instead of frying them?
    • While frying gives them a crispy exterior, you can bake them for a healthier alternative. Simply place them on a baking sheet and bake at 375°F (190°C) until golden brown.
  4. Are smart rice balls suitable for a party?
    • Yes, they are perfect for parties as they can be served as finger food and are loved by both kids and adults.
  5. Can I customize the filling of the rice balls?
    • Certainly, feel free to experiment with different fillings such as cheese, mushrooms, or even seafood for a unique twist.


Incorporating smart rice balls into your culinary repertoire adds a delightful touch to any meal. With their crispy exterior and savory filling, they are sure to become a favorite among family and friends. Whether served as appetizers or main courses, these flourless delights offer a deliciously inventive way to enjoy rice and meat.

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