Ground Rice Balls “Aggala”



It’s no myth that blogosphere has so many wonderful things to offer.Recipes that has amazing and an uncommon list of ingredients to the mouthwatering and saliva drooping food photos,you name it,you got it all. The most wonderful thing that offers, according to me is the hand of friendship.
Isn’t it amazing to find a friend who has the same tastes,similar opinions towards life and above all, blogs to discuss about ? We could go on for hours chatting.
I met Raji online through the Fooderati Arabia and met in person at one of the foodie tours around Dubai. We clicked off immediately. She is this warm,friendly,down to earth person. And we have some meet ups planned and I’m sure we’re going to enjoy it.
You can meet Raji on her delightful vegetarian blog, Vegetarian Tastebuds. Make sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter too.
When Raji asked me to do a guest post on her blog, I planned to do a snack well known to me while I was growing up. It’s called “Aggala” in local language. It’s a healthy satisfying snack with no sugar unless you want to. Furthermore,it has only a handful of ingredients. Check the full post at Raji’s site,Vegetarian Tastebuds.
Here’s the recipe.
1 cup rice
1 cup grated fresh coconut
125g jaggery (shaved or grated)
finely chopped nuts
pich of salt
water about 1/4 cup
desiccated coconut to garnish
Wash the rice under running water twice or thrice or until the water runs clear. Once it’s fully drained,keep it aside.
Heat a heavy bottom skillet and add the rice.Roast the rice,stirring continuously for about 10 minutes until you hear the rice pop. Roast till the rice turns light brown in color. Make sure to keep the the flame, low to medium lest you burn the rice.
Transfer the rice off from fire to a bowl, and let it warm. When it’s warm enough to handle,grind the rice on a food processor.Not very fine,though. It’s ok to have a few grainy pieces.
Mix the flour with a pinch of salt,coconut and jaggery. Add water bit by bit and mix until it forms a mass. Add the chopped nuts.
Wet your palms with water,take a piece of the dough and roll it into a ball. Add more water if you feel the dough is breaking apart or not coming together.
Repeat the process with the remaining dough.
You can garnish with dessicated coconut and extra chopped nuts.


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  1. I love the earthen pots in the pics. I have similar looking cups, wish I had the whole set now.


  2. Hi Farwin,

    I saw your guest post on Raji's blog and that's how I found your blog. 🙂 The pictures are absolutely breathtaking and the recipe is equally intriguing. Looking at those pictures, I'm jealous you didn't guest post on my blog. 😀 I'm from northern Sri Lanka btw, currently residing in Sweden.

  3. I have only recently found your blog and WOW, I love it. Your recipes are completely new to me and look so tasty. I will definitely be trying some of them out.

  4. Your recipes are incredible.
    You should go on YaDig and write your reviews on the places you’ve eaten at in the UAE since you know a lot about flavor and food. You could win 35,000AED+ in prizes this Ramadan for reviewing businesses on YaDig! Local service companies, spas, gyms, hotels, night clubs, coffee shops and more!! It’s pretty cool you should check it out and let all your friends know too!

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