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“Left-over” Rice Fritters

Course: Main Course


  • Pan
  • Bowl
  • Baking towel


  • 1 1/2 cup Leftover Rice
  • 1 Medium Onion chopped small (yellow or white)
  • 1/8 cup Grated Ginger
  • 2 Garlic cloves chopped very small
  • 1 Green chili/Serrano pepper chopped very small and deseeded
  • 6-7 Cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1/2 TBSP Red chili powder or Cayenne powder (this is optional, depending on how spicy you want them)
  • 2 TBSP Corn starch
  • 1 TBSP Chopped nuts (ANY nuts of your choice, but I recommend peanuts or cashews)
  • Salt to taste (you can also use a salt substitute or none at all)
  • Vegetable Oil (or extra virgin olive oil) for frying


  • Grab your pan and fill it with your oil, about half way, maybe a little less. You want the fritters to be able to turn easily in the oil when cooking. Start heating your oil.
  • Take a large bowl and mix all of your ingredients together, except do not add oil to it. Mix it thoroughly, and make sure it’s sticking together fairly well. If it’s not, you can add a little water to it, but not much. You don’t want the mixture to be a goopy mess, just enough to keep the mixture together.
  • Once this is done, you can make the fritters and set them aside until your oil is hot enough to cook them. You can use a spoon like you would for cookies, or you can grab a little with your hand and shape them in to whatever you like. You can make them flat or round. I usually go with the flat simply because they cook a little faster and turn out a lot better. They are never undercooked.
  • When you oil is ready, start placing the fritters in and leave them on the first side 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Then flip them over and repeat it. I usually lay out a baking towel or paper towels to get the excess oil off and to cool. Don’t worry if it takes a little longer for the fritters to cook, it can take up to 6-8 minutes, depending on how thick they are and how many you have cooking at a time. Be sure not to make too many at once, they will fall apart and absorb more oil than needed.
  • Now, you can add the chopped Cilantro to the top and enjoy a delightful snack!


Normally, no one, including myself, would ever think to make fritters out of left-over rice, am I correct?  Well, this may very well be a “go-to” snack for you from now on. Please keep in mind; you do not have to add the peppers or chili powder if you don’t want to.  That is perfectly ok not to do that. It’s ok to add less of what was mentioned if you only want a little spice. The choice is yours. I think they taste better with one or the other, but both are a little too spicy for me, so I just use a little red chili powder.