SUPPLI basically means a “SURPRISE”. They are snacks made from cooked rice and it has a piece of mozzarella in the center. They are generally made from Risotto rice but other form of plain cooked rice can also be used. I had some leftover plain rice so thought of giving it a different form. It is very easy to make and can be prepared in any form using vegetables, chicken, lamb, sea food or any other thing with rice. It makes an awesome snack for any type of parties, functions, get-togethers and so on. It is generally deep fried but for healthier option I have shallow fried it and for more better health option it can be baked. So here’s the recipe
2 cups, rice, plain cooked
1 small or half of large, red bell pepper
1 small or half of large, yellow bell pepper
4 tbsp, parmesan cheese, grated
3 tbsp, cheddar cheese, grated
1 nos, green chili, chopped (you can add more for hotness)
3/4 tsp, red chili flakes
5-6 nos, basil leaves or 1 ½ tsp of dried basil
1/3 cup + extra for coating, bread crumbs
75 gms, mozzarella cheese, cut in 1.5 cm cube
3/4 cup, milk for coating
Salt as per taste
Oil for frying, preferably olive oil
Clean and wipe the bell peppers.
Apply some oil to the bell pepper skin and place on the gas stove. Roast it well till its skin turns black and it has a smoky aroma. Alternatively , you can also roast it in pre heated oven at 180 degrees.
Remove the skin of the roasted peppers, deseed it chop and finely
In a bowl, put the rice and mash it with hands or with masher (do not make it a paste)
Add 1/3 cup of bread crumbs, parmesan, cheddar, green chili, red chili flakes, basil, and salt
Mix it very well. If you feel rice mixture is too dry just sprinkle few drops of water to it to make is soft. Do not add too much water or else it will turn out into paste
Divide the rice mixture equally according to your choice, depending upon the size of the suppli you prefer. I made 9 suppli from above mentioned proportion
Take one portion of the mixture, make an indentation and place one cube of mozzarella. Seal it forming it a ball, oblong shape or a patty. I preferred to make it a patty
Repeat the same for all the portions to form a patty. Refrigerate the patties for 30mins.
Dip the patty in the milk and coat it with bread crumbs. Once again dip it in milk and coat it with crumbs again. Repeat this procedure for all the patties.
Heat the oil in a pan (not to smoky point as it is olive oil), shallow fry the prepared patties till golden brown.
Serve hot with the sauce or dip of your choice
If you prefer, you can substitute parmesan with cheddar or grated paneer (cottage cheese) or ricotta cheese.
If you prefer deep frying, then make a paste of all-purpose flour with water. Coat the patty with flour paste and then bread crumbs. Deep fry it.
If you prefer baking it, bake it at 375 degrees F for 15 to 20mins or till golden brown.