I could say I made Sicilian arancini but it might have been wrong. So I will say that I made rice balls.

The classic arancini are made with rice for risotto and mozzarella and are fried. These rice balls are made with classic rice for pilaf and are stuffed with vegan feta. They are baked in the oven and their taste is shocking.

How did I end up making these divine, crunchy on the outside and cheesy rice balls on the inside?

So I had made rice for Max the day before and he did not eat it. In order not to throw it away and try to follow the logic of #zerofoodwaste as much as I can, I decided to make rice balls.

I added a little olive oil and a little water to my rice, added some spices and beat it in the multi. This created a slightly sticky mixture which I divided into 6.

I put the first mixture on a piece of foil, spread it with my hands carefully and put a vegan feta cube in the center. I closed the membrane forming a pouch. I rotated the pouch to create a ball.

I opened the film and transferred my ball to non-stick paper in a baking tray.

I continued with the other mixtures. I baked it in a preheated oven for 40 minutes and ate my rice croquettes with a simple vegan yogurt-vegan mayonnaise sauce I had in the fridge the day before.


You can use risotto instead of rice for pilaf.

Do not use yellow cheese instead of feta cheese because it will probably come out of the ball.

Instead of cheese you can put roasted mushrooms or other roasted vegetables of your choice. And so they come out perfect.

If you like this recipe you can try some of the following:

Oven Baked Pea Meatballs | Vegan

Red Lentil Meatballs in the Oven

Vegan spinach meatbalss

Zucchini Balls in a Tomato Sauce | Vegetarian Dish

Oven Baked Rice Balls

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 312
A wonderful #zerofoodwaste recipe that you can make whenever you have more rice.


  • 2 cup boiled rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • black pepper
  • paprika
  • 6 small vegan feta cubes


  • Start by mixing the rice, spices, olive oil and water in a bowl.
  • Put everything in the blender. Beat well until smooth.
  • Divide the mixture into 6 equal parts.
  • Put the first mixture on a piece of foil, spread it with your hands carefully and put a vegan feta cube in the center. Close the membrane by forming a pouch. Rotate the pouch to create a ball. 
  • Open the foil and transfer your ball to non-stick paper in a baking tray. 
  • Continue with the remaining mixtures. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 30-40 minutes depending on how small or large your croquettes are. Turn them halfway through the year. Enjoy your rice croquettes with sauce of your choice.
Calories: 312kcal
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: rice balls


Calories: 312kcal

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