Biryani arancini is a fantastic fusion recipe that is perfect for any kind of of leftover Indian rice preparation.
Biryani is a rice preparation from India which probably has a gazillion versions throughout the country. But in all versions the rice is prepared with a blend or aromatic spices, vegetables and or meat. The rice is slow cooked in all the spices so the biryani is super flavorful and fragrant. Its a meal in itself and is really powerful in flavor, for that its accompanied by light condiments like raita (yogurt dip) and different chutneys.
The biggest problem however with making biryani is that you have to make it in a substantial amount and there are almost always leftovers. Now if you are anything like me, you cant eat leftovers for more than 1 meal. In that case you are stuck with a whole lot of rice which you don’t feel like eating anymore. In situations like these its a great idea to turn them into Arancinis.
Since the rice is so flavorful already you don’t need to add much to it. I just added some crumbled paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and mashed up the whole thing with my hands. I then made medium size Arancinis with it, dipped it in a cornstarch mix, coated it in bread crumbs and deep fried it. They turned out really nice. They had a crisp coating and a flavorful center. Its a great recipe to have on hand if you have leftover biryani or any kind of pilaf. Serve the Arancini wit some chutneys or sweet relish or a yogurt sauce. They freeze really well too. Fry them and freeze them in a freezer bag and reheat them in the oven as and when needed.
Pallavi is a vegetarian globetrotter, who currently lives in the southern part of India. Past ten years of her life includes living in six cities in three different countries. It has added to her vast exposure of cuisines from different parts of the world which is now reflected in her cooking. She shares her knowledge of vegetarian and vegan recipe from around the world via her blog Veggie Zest. When not cooking or photographing, she does graphic design.