I love playing around and experimenting in the kitchen, and this is one of my creations!

Ingredients (makes 8 large balls)

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 pieces short cut bacon, diced
  • 2 spring onions
  • garlic
  • 1 cup pumpkin, cut into little cubes
  • 1/4 cup canned corn kernels
  • 100g ricotta
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt & pepper
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • canola oil to fry


  1. Add pumpkin, bacon, spring onions and garlic to a pan with a dash of oil, and cook slowly until the pumpkin is cooked and soft.
  2. Remove from heat and cool. Add in the salt & pepper, corn, ricotta and brown rice, and mix well to combine.
  3. The mix is very ‘wet’ and sticky, but take some of the mix in your hands and roll into a ball. Roll in beaten egg and then panko breadcrumbs and set onto a tray. Repeat until no mix left.
  4. Place balls into the freezer, and while they are in, heat oil until hot. Remove balls from freezer and drop into oil. Cook until golden brown & serve warm or cold with salad

Notes... I use the pre cooked sun rice in this recipe - but you can cook your own if you prefer. These are nice hot or cold and can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days

  • this is a different recipe to try out. i bet that the kids will love them. i don’t think that they would last very long at my house. cheers for sharing your idea


  • These balls would be great for picnics or snacks.


  • Yum!!! Going to try these, they look & sound scrumptious thank you.


  • Nice one ! We often make pumpkin bites as snack or side dish. I make them vegetarian, with chickpeas instead of brown rice. They’re always a hit !


  • What a clever recipe …you are on a winner with this one. thanks


  • oh these sound really tasty and a lovely idea for a simple dinner/lunch in summer – I can’t wait to give these a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe


  • I do love your rice,ricotta pumpkin balls-what a treat! Thanks!


  • What a beautiful recipe! Amazing and handy that you can prepare them in advance and freeze them!!


  • Thanks for sharing your experimental savoury balls – they sound good and look tasty on the plate. Will try them out. :)

    • You’re welcome. Hope you like them!

      • Thank you! Is there a particular sauce that you have with these yummy looking balls?


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