Cheese & Rice Cutlets (Croquettes) - Party Appetizers


cheese-rice cutletsOne of the most important things in a party menu are appetizers, as they have the power to make or break your first impression as a host. Its better to stick to simple yet presentable food for the first course, and these Rice & Cheese Croquettes totally fit the theme. When you think about vegetarian cutlets, people often think of potatoes, paneer, or lentils. But what's a chef who doesn't break boundaries, right? Inspired by some leftover rice and a bag of cheddar cheese, I decided to try a hand at these spicy Rice Cutlets; with minimal ingredients and very little prep-time, they work great for a quick snack, as a nifty picnic lunch, or as inviting finger-food in a party.

Ingredients
1 cup cooked rice
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
2 tbsp all-purpose flour plus some more for dusting
1-2 green chillies - chopped finely
2 tbsp cilantro - chopped finely
4 tbsp onions - chopped
3 tbsp bell-peppers - chopped finely
salt and lemon juice - to taste
1 tbsp corn flour (or 3 tbsp bread crumbs)
Oil for frying
few baby roma tomatoes
few toothpicks

Method
Add 1 tbsp oil to a pan, and saute the chopped onions and bell-peppers for about a minute.

Now mix all the ingredients together with rice except the tomatoes. Mix gingerly with your hands. Add the flour slowly as you shape them into balls or cutlets.

Heat oil for frying (or shallow-fry) in a wok. Once you've shaped all the croquettes, dust them in all-purpose flour; make sure to coat it completely so the cutlets do not break while frying

Fry 3-4 cutlets at a time at medium-high temperature. Flip them over gingerly till dark golden in color. Remove them and dab them on a tissue-paper to get rid of excess oil.

Now pass a tooth-pick through each cutlet, then top it with a baby tomato and drizzle with some sweet tamarind chutney. These croquettes are on their way to Culinarty's Original Recipes Roundup!


These rice & cheese croquettes are really tasty, with the rice adding the crispiness and the cheese making it gooey at the same time. Serve them hot, and both you and your guests are sure to ask for more!

Related Recipes:
Cheese & Bell-Pepper Rice Pulao (Pilaf)
Vegetable Cheese parathas (Stuffed Flatbread)


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37 comments :

jayasree said...

Cutlets with cooked rice is something new to me. Thanx for the interesting recipe.

Rachel said...

You are so very right about sticking to easy simple appetizers ....I've had a lot of these falters....

no eggs and breadcrumbs for a cutlet....novel recipe...

Meeta said...

These really look awesome Mansi. I really like the use of rice with the cutlets.

Mansi Desai said...

Rachel - nreadcrumbs is indeed a great idea; maybe you can use some of them instead of cronflour...will give it more texture too:) thanks for the hint!:D

jaysree, meeta- glad u liked it:)

Rosie said...

Mansi these look truly delicious!! Thanks for sharing with us :)

Rosie x

ranji said...

delccious croquettes mansi....even i posted a cutltet today...:)

Hetal said...

This is a gr8 idea for making a cutlet,seems delicious..

Uma said...

rice cutlets! I am sure I will be asking for more! They look so crispy and yummy!

Sangeeth said...

yummy cutlets....i hav never tried with cooked rice....ought to be ineteresting

glamah16 said...

Yumm. Cant wait for the roundup.

Sunshinemom said...

My neighbour M Aunty makes this for tea..and I love it. Reading your post just reminded me that I too should try it!

amy said...

these look so delicious Mansi! rice and cheese sounds like a winning combo, and your excellent pics always make your food look more inviting!:)

~amy

notyet100 said...

tempting..

KayKat said...

Yum! Mansi, these sound really good!

I really like the idea of adding rice here - maybe I'll try these with some wheat berries instead, wonder how they'd turn out.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

These remind me a bit of Italian arranccini (which I love) - except with a totally different flavor experience. I'll have to try these out.

Nithu said...

Rice cutlet sounds different. The picture looks really good. SHould try sometime...

A Cook @ Heart said...

A-W-E-S-O-M-E!! Loved the use of rice in the cutlets!

Roni said...

Interesting. What a fun idea!

Red Chillies said...

Count me amongst those who think that cutlets are made of potatoes or paneer. But this is an awesome idea and sure does make an impression on the guests :-)

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

This looks like a heavenly starter - anything with potato gets my attention.

Sia said...

they look wonderful mansi. my only concern is rice absobing too much of oil but wecan forget abt it once in a while, cant we? ;)
still thinking as what to send u for MM.

Swati Raman Garg said...

too good.. a different look to cutlets.. i use breadcrumbs here...

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

Good job on ur creativity, mansi..they look sooo good!

Mansi Desai said...

Thanks again for the lovely feedback folks!

Sia, and everyone else- I'm waiting for your wonderful entries to monthly mingle, so stop browsing and start cooking!:)D hehehe:)

Kalai said...

Delicious, Mansi!! I love this idea!! :)

Anisheetu said...

Thanks for a very unique recepie... will sure try it this weekend...

Madhuram said...

Very nice recipe Mansi. I think I will try baking it and see how it comes out.

Suganya said...

My mom used to make this with left-over rice. She also soaks a couple slices of bread. Very tasty.

Aparna said...

Great idea for an appetizer. And to use up rice.:) Two birds with a stone.

Namratha said...

My mom used to make these cutlets but without the cheese, love these! Anything with cheese, I'm in :D

Vani said...

Love your pictures, Mansi! Youa re a gifted photographer & a creative cook! Croquettes look divine!

Mansi Desai said...

I'm really glad these cutlets impressed quite a lot of you:) yeah, they are a little bit more oil, but with taste like that, who cares?!:)

thanks for your encouraging feedback!

Lisa said...

I would just love these. I rarely entertain, but I adore appetizers and make them often.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Thanks for the submission. Crispy rice and gooey cheese croquettes sounds lovely!

Kalyn said...

Sounds very delicious, and I love tamarind, so that makes it even better!

Lore said...

They sound really good! I've never tried deep frying rice balls, should change that ASAP :)
Thank you for participating.

Dragon said...

The sweet tamarind chutney sounds amazing and the croquettes are so pretty. Good job!