Cheesy Couscous and Curry Balls

Who doesn’t love balls? Like in seriously – meatballs, Oh My Sparkle Balls, doughnut balls, rugby and soccer balls. And now, Cheesy Couscous and Curry Balls. It has everything people love in a ball – crunch, saltiness, cheesiness, sweetness, stickiness and with a yummy meaty mild curry centre. Oh yeah!


But don’t take this sparkle blogs word for it – try it and sparkle your belly.


Enjoy by {and for} yourself.








Rice Patty Mix:

  • 4 Cups of Water

  • 1 Cup of Parboiled Rice

  • ¼ Cup of Unsalted Butter

  • 1 Tsp of Salt

  • ½ Tsp of Pepper

  • 2 Eggs

  • 1 Cup of Mozzarella, Grated



Curry Meat Filling:

  • 2 Tbsps. of Oil

  • 1/4 Cup of Mozzarella

  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped

  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced

  • 500 g Lean Mince

  • 1 ½ Tsp of Ground Ginger

  • 2 Tbsps. of Muscovado/Brown Sugar

  • 1 Tsp of Mild Curry Powder

  • 1 ½ Tsp of Turmeric

  • 1 Tsp of Salt

  • Pepper, to Taste

  • 1-2 Tbsps. of Unsalted Butter

  • 2 Tbsps. of Chutney

  • 2 Tsps. of Apricot Jam

  • 2 Tsps. of Vinegar

  • 2 Tsps. of Worcestershire Sauce

  • 2 Tsps. of Tomato Paste

  • 1 Large Potato or 5-6 Baby Potatoes, Diced




Coating and Presentation Details:

  • 1 ½ Cups of Couscous, Uncooked

  • 2 Eggs, Mixed

  • Basil, Chives, Chilli (Optional)

  • Light Chutney Sauce

  • Sweet Chilli Sauce Mixed with Cream Cheese and/or Mayonnaise









A) Rice Patty Mix:


#1 Add the rice, butter, salt and pepper with the water in a medium saucepan on a high heat and bring to a boil.




#2 Once boiled, simmer for 40 minutes with a lid partially on. Checking now and then that there is still enough water.




#3 In the meanwhile, mix a cup of mozzarella cheese with two eggs and set aside.




#4 Once the rice is soft and sticky, remove from the pot and place into a bowl. Stir the mix to bring down the temperature.




#5 Once the temperature of the rice isn’t boiling hot anymore, add the mozzarella cheese and egg mix – mix well.

TIP: If the mix is to “watery” you can add more cheese.




B) Curry Meat Filling:


#1 Heat the spices on a medium heat.




#2 Add the butter, and onion and fry until soft. Once soft, add the crushed garlic and sauté for a further minute or so.




#3 Now add the mince, muscovado sugar, chutney, vinegar, apricot jam, salt, tomato paste, Worcestershire Sauce, oil and mix.



#4 Once the mince has browned a bit, add the diced potato and simmer for at least 30 minutes on a low heat.




#5 Once the meat is caramelised and has simmered sufficiently, remove from the heat and stir in the mozzarella cheese.


#6 Set aside for when rice patties are done.



C) Making The Couscous Balls:




#1 Pour the couscous into a bowl, and in a separate bowl add two eggs and whisk briefly.


#2 Pour your oil in a pot or into your deep fryer and heat to about 190 degrees Celsius.


#3 Now, take the rice patty and scoop some in your hand. Then scoop a generous amount of the curry mince into the rice mix.




#4 Now “close” with the rice mix.



#5 Take some of the egg-mix and coat the mix, while the ball is still in your hand.




#6 Then pop the ball into the couscous mix and make sure it is adequately covered, all sides.




#7 Roll this neatly into a ball and place in the oil.




#8 Fry the ball until golden before removing (between 2 – 4 min). And repeat…




#9 Place the balls on paper towels (to drain any excess oil).




#10 Shred basil/chives, and slice chilli (optional). The balls are best served with a light chutney and or a sweet chilli-cream-cheese/mayonnaise sauce.  But your imagination is the limit.



Take photos!




And Sparkle Your Belly…


Download the recipe here: Cheesy Couscous and Curry Balls Recipe

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