Spiced basmati and smoked quinoa rice balls with apple ketchup

Makes10
60 minutes

Ingredients

Apple and ajwain ketchup

  • 350g of Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and finely sliced
  • 150g of caster sugar
  • 150ml of cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp ajwain seeds
  • 10ml of lemon juice

Rice balls

  • 3 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 white onion, medium, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 40g of ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp baharat powder
  • 4 tsp ground fenugreek
  • 4 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 250g of basmati rice and smoked quinoa mix
  • 600ml of vegetable stock
  • 150g of mozzarella cheese, firm, diced into 1cm cubes
  • 100g of polenta
  • oil, for deep-frying

Method

1
To make the ketchup, place the apples, sugar, ajwain seeds and vinegar in a saucepan and set over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and cook the apples until they are very soft
  • 150ml of cider vinegar
  • 350g of Granny Smith apple, peeled and cored weight, finely sliced
  • 150g of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ajwain seeds
2
Drain the apples, reserving the liquid in the pan. Place the apple mixture into a blender and blitz until smooth. Add the lemon juice and enough of the reserved cooking liquid to reach a thick ketchup-like consistency. Store any extra ketchup in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or so
  • 10ml of lemon juice
3
To make the rice balls, melt the coconut oil in a saucepan. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 4 minutes, then add the spices
  • 3 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 4 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 white onion, medium, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 40g of ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp baharat powder
  • 4 tsp ground fenugreek
4
Continue to cook until the onion softens completely. Add the rice and quinoa, mixing well, then add the stock. Bring to the boil, stir, and reduce the heat. Cover with a lid and cook gently until the rice is tender and the liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat, spread out on a tray and place in the fridge to cool for at least 1 hour
  • 600ml of vegetable stock
  • 250g of basmati rice and smoked quinoa mix
5
Preheat a deep-fryer or deep pan full of oil to 180°C
  • oil, for deep-frying
6
Shape the rice mixture into 30g balls and push a piece of mozzarella into the middle of each one, making sure it is completely covered in rice. Dust the balls in polenta and deep-fry until golden and crisp
  • 150g of mozzarella cheese, firm, diced into 1 cm cubes
  • 100g of polenta
7
Serve immediately with the apple ketchup