Last Updated on May 19, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Qifqi – Albanian Rice Balls
Qifqi – Albanian Rice Balls are a quick and easy Vegetarian snack or serve them at your next party.
The Balkan States are not known for their Vegetarian dishes. Much of their cuisine comes from the Turks under the Ottoman Empire. Kebabs are the backbone of the Balkan States. Vegetables are usually either simply grilled or stuffed, often with meat also. Even breads are often stuffed with meat.
Qifqi is one of the few Vegetarian dishes you will find in the Balkan States. These are very similar to Italian arancini, except this has a unique flavor profile with dried mint. The quantity of mint used is subjective and you can use as much or as little as you prefer.
A special molded pan with individual cavities is uses to make Qifqi. Many regions of the world make different types of pancakes in these pans like Indian Paniyaram or Danish Aebleskiver. Now I have given you yet another reason to use the pan, if you own one. So bring out your pan and let’s get to making Qifqi.
The most common accompaniment to this would most likely be Ajvar, a sauce made from roasted red peppers and sometimes also eggplant. However, when I visit this Balkan market near me, they have such a large variety of vegetables spreads I wanted to try something different. Qifqi – Albanian Rice Balls were delicious with this Spicy Zucchini Spread.
These are such a delicious snack.
Pair it with a green salad if you prefer, and make a complete meal with Qifqi.
This is such a great use of leftover rice. The next time you have some leftover rice, try making Qifqi instead of Fried Rice.
Qifqi – Albanian Rice Balls
- 1 cup rice
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon dried mint or more to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt or more to taste
- Olive oil for cooking
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Add rice, reduce heat to low, cover and steam until rice has absorbed all of the water, about 15 minutes. Leave to cool to room temperature.
- In a bowl, beat 4 eggs with the mint, black pepper and salt.
- Add the rice and mix until thoroughly combined and rice is well coated with the egg.
- Heat a molded pan and brush each cavity with a little olive oil.
- Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cavity with the rice.
- Cover and cook on low heat 5-10 minutes on each side until golden and crispy.
- Serve with ajvar or your favorite Balkan vegetable spread.
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