Rice Bhajias

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Makes 10-15 bhajias

A quick snack that you can make using leftover plain boiled rice from a previous meal. It works best when the rice is at least a day old. I've made these bhajias/fritters many times as a snack and everyone who tastes them can't believe they're made out of leftovers!

1 cup
boiled day-old rice
1/2 cup
thick fresh yoghurt
(or as needed)
small onion, finely diced
3 tbsp
chopped coriander
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
garlic paste
green chillies, chopped
1/2 tsp
(or to taste)
1/4 tsp
cumin powder
2-3 tbsp
gram flour/chickpea flour/besan
(as needed)
oil for frying

Put the rice in a bowl and pour the plain yoghurt over it. Use just enough yoghurt to barely cover/submerge the rice. Cover the bowl and let this sit and soak for about 2 hours. 

Pour the rice-yoghurt mixture into a processor and blend just a little bit to sort of break down the rice grains. It doesn't have to be smooth, you want to leave bits and pieces of rice coz this adds to the crunchiness of these bhajias. Turn the mixture back into the bowl.

Then, add  the chopped onion, chopped coriander, methi/fenugreek, garlic paste, chopped chilli and salt. You can even add cumin powder if you want. Give it a taste and adjust if needed.

Now add the gram flour a little at a time and stir just until the consistency is such that you can pick a ball and easily form flat bhajias/fritters out of the mixture. Stop adding gram flour once you find you've reached that consistency.

While the oil is heating, shape the rice bhajias. Deep or shallow fry them on medium heat. Blot well to get rid of excess oil and serve with ketchup or chili sauce or chutney.



these r deep fried or shallow fried?

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Deep fried. The oil needs to cover the bhajias as you fry them.

What a recipe to add to buffet of snacks, thanx!!!

Is gram flour same as Ap flour?

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No, it is chickpea flour or besan flour.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, its GRAM flour not garam flour...also known as chickpea flour or besan flour or lentil flour. Should be easily available at any supermarket. I would not recommend a substitute for this particular recipe.

Hi Fauzia
Wanted to find out incase am unable to get garam flour which flour can I substitute with. Kudos good job!

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W/Salaam, you can leave it out.

a.a incase don't have methi,what can i substitute it with?thank you

Sslam plzz tell how much grams of yogurt.i wanna try itt today. So plz reply.masalamah.

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W/Salaam, hard to say, it depends on how much rice you have. Just make sure to cover the rice with the yoghurt.

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salams fauzia, i dont understand how much gram flour to add...please explain.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, you just add enough to make the mixture thick enough to scoop.

Asalamualaikam Fauzia! Which yoghurt would you recommend for this recipe?? Thank you so much :-) xx

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W/Salaam, plain fresh yoghurt.

Hi. Just wanted to know. Can I soak the rice with yoghurt overnight? Because I want to make it in the morning.

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Hi, yes that should be fine.

Assalamu alaikum,
Can these be baked sister??..

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, have never tried baking them but it should be fine. Try with a few and see how you find the results.

salaam sister & Ramadan kareem to u & ur family.methi is that seeds,pdr OR leaves.

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W/Salaam and Ramadhan Kareem! Fresh or frozen leaves. :)

Can I use curd instead of yoghurt? And can I make it without soaking?

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You can use curd yes. Soaking helps the mixture get absorbed properly for best results.

Fauzia you are the best !! Do i have to soak the rice and yoghurt for 2 hours?

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Yes soak them for about 2 hours just to make sure the rice absorbs all the excess moisture.

Salaam. I tried these bhajias today and they turned out very delicious, thanks for sharing all your great recipes with us. May Almighty reward you more for this ameen.
Cam I freeze the batter after mixing all the ingredients? If yes then for how long? Is it possible to make the batter 24hrs before frying?jazakallah in advance

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W/Salaam, thanks for the lovely feedback and Ameen to your dua. I would not recommend freezing the mixture as the consistency will change and the bhajias might end up scattering in the oil during frying. You can make the batter up to the night before for best results.