Supplì is an Italian snack (originated from Rome) kind of croquette, consisting of a ball of rice (generally in the form of risotto, which is a traditional Italian rice dish, pepared with tomato sauce) bound together by eggs around a piece of mozzarella; the prepared ball is surrounded by breadcrumbs and then fried.
- 1 cup long grained rice
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp powdered saffron
- 1 tsp salt (to taste)
- 1 tsp black pepper powder
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley / coriander leaves, chopped
- 1 tbsp grated cheese (parmesan / mozzarella)
- 2 eggs, for rice
- 2 eggs, for coating
- 75 gms (10-12 cubes) fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 60 gms flour
- olive oil / white oil, frying oil
- 200 gms bread crumbs, to coat
- Beat 2 eggs with a little salt. Keep aside.
- Wash rice. Heat 2 tbsp butter, add the chopped onion. Saute for 1-2 mins. Add the washed rice and stir fry for 2 mins. Add saffron, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
- Add the chicken broth (you can use water instead), bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low heat till all the water is absorbed (about 10-15 mins) and rice is cooked. Cook for 2 more mins, ensure that the rice is absolutely dry and remove from fire.
- Add the chopped coriander leaves, 2 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp grated cheese. Mix well, lay the rice out on a board to cool.
- Beat 2 eggs and mix carefuly with the rice. Divide the rice mixture into 10-12 equal portions.
- Make a ball with a portion of rice mixture. Flatten it. Place a mozzarella cheese cube inside and completely cover with the rice mixture. Flour the croquettes and repeat with all the rice mixture.
- Dip the prepared croquettes in the beaten eggs, roll over bread crumbs and press firmy. Keep in the refrigerator for 2 hours (this will set the bread crumbs).
- Heat oil and fry the suppli till golden brown (turn constantly to ensure even colouring on all sides). Serve hot with tomato salsa / ketchup.