Thai Spicy Rice Peanut Balls


2 cups jasmine rice
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tbs fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp fish or soy sauce
kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1 tsp red chili paste
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tbs cilantro, chopped
1 cup of unsalted peanuts, chopped
Canola oil for frying
lime wedges and chili sauce for serving.
These spicy rice balls are flavored with ginger, turmeric and red chili paste. They are perfect for a party pleasing appetizer.

  • Cook rice according to package directions.
  • Place the garlic, ginger and turmeric in a food processor or blender and process until the mixture forms a paste.
  • Add the sugar, chili paste and fish or soy sauce along with the cilantro and lime juice
  • Add the sugar, salt, chili sauce and fish sauce.
  • Pulse to mix all ingredients.
  • Add 3/4 of the cooked rice to the paste in the food processor and process until smooth and sticky.
  • Wet your hands and shape the mixture into balls, about 1/2 the size of a golf ball.
  • place the chopped peanuts in a dish and roll the balls in them, making sure they are evenly coated.
  • Heat the oil in a deep fryer or wok to 350 degrees.
  • Add the peanut balls and cook until crisp.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve with lime wedges and chili dipping sauce.




15 min


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