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.

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