Calas (Fried Rice Balls)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

In days gone bye, horse-drawn carts in the streets of New Orleans sold these wonderful, aromatic rice cakes. They have never been widely available in restaurants. They make a great breakfast or snack. These sweets were very popular.


  1. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.
  2. Thoroughly mix the rice and eggs together in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the rice and egg mixture.
  4. When thoroughly mixed, drop by spoonfuls into the hot deep fat (about 360 degrees F) and fry until brown.
  5. Drain on paper towel.
  6. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve while hot.
  7. Other variations are to serve with honey.
Most Helpful

Had no idea what these would taste like, yum! Was looking for something gluten free to try for my son...I will try some ajustments to make it gf. also will try to bake instead of frying..Honey butter and a dust of powdered sugar and they tasted like a donut. Next time I will increase the nutmeg as I only used about 1/8 tsp.

kannEvore December 05, 2011

Omg these are so good! Thank you so much for your recipe. You saved me from dying from hunger and deliciously too! I didn't have nutmeg, but it still tastes very good without! I'll even try some onion powder and whatever I have. Thanks again! :)

hikarii247 December 13, 2009

I made these quite small (1 heaped tspn per ball) using basmati rice for after-dinner sweets for Ramadan - very tasty and well-received! Thanks for a nice sweet treat!

Dottygumdrop September 01, 2009