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Vegan Arancini: Italian Rice Balls
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Vegan Arancini: Italian Rice Balls

Arancini (meaning little oranges because of the colour) are typically made from leftover risotto. If you make too much rice, or the risotto is too soft, turning the rice into arancini is the answer!

For the arancini in this photo, I made a simple onion, garlic and fresh herb risotto, although any kind will do. Just make sure you are using Arborio, sushi, or short grain rice. It sticks together better.

  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped (for colour)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • salt to taste


  • 1 tbsp nutrional yeast
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup panko bread crums
  • oil for frying

Heat a small amount of oil in a deep pot and fry the onions and garlic until brown. Stir in the rice, herbs, carrot, salt and pepper, and cover in water. Turn down the heat and simmer the rice until it is tender, adding more water if necessary.

Remove from heat, and allow to cool to a manageable temperature.

In a medium sized bowl, mix flour, yeast and panko.

Take a spoonful of rice at a time, and roll into a ping pong ball sized ball, and proceed to coat each ball with the breading.

Heat the oil, and lightly fry each ball until golden brown, optionally you can bake these, although they will be a lot dryer.

Serve with fresh tomato sauce.

*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. BuddhasDelight
    these look lovely and amazing! can't wait to try them. voted. :)
  2. Roopam
    Sounds good...and I like your presentation again...voted!
  3. SnakeWitch
    Nice way to make fake meatballs. I wonder if this is the way they make them with lentils, too - using the breading, I mean. Voted! If you have a chance, I compiled a list of my fave restaurants in Canada, Colombia and Ecuador.
    1. kristo
      I cant find your post, and I would love to see what you listed as your favourite Canadian restaurants. Ottawa has amazing food.
      1. SnakeWitch
        It's called My List of Top 15 Restaurants... Here is the link: Some of the places aren't Canadian, and to tell you the truth, I think Quebec is the province that beats the others in that department. However, I haven't been there in a long time and they may have a raw vegan one now, which I would absolutely adore to try. I know there are small companies that make raw vegan food in the Gatineau area and it is TO DIE FOR. I mean, raw cheesecake made from almond milk! YUMMY! I had a sample of that, and of their sugar pies - you know that famous quebecker recipe or not?
        1. kristo
          Tarte au sucre! yes, its very famous!
  4. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Yum! Voted :)
  5. Carolyn
    Vote #9! We should all keep nutritional yeast in the pantry!
    1. SnakeWitch
      lol love your comments, carolyn! yes, it is a must for vegan cheese lovers!
  6. Carolyn
    Congrats for making Top Posts!


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