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Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Rice Balls

This delicious and easy-to-follow recipe will make the perfect side dish or snack. Enjoy the unique combination of flavors that is sure to please everyone.

  • 120+ Minutes
  • Easy
  • Serves12 rice balls




  • 2 pouches Tilda Pure Basmati
  • 2 Tbsp grated carrot
  • 2 heaped tsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • Nori strips
  • 1 small can black olives, sliced

How to make Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Rice Balls

  1. Prepare rice according to package directions.

  2. Add rice with ketchup and grated carrot in a medium bowl. Mix well.

  3. Form into balls with the help of some cling film and wrap them with some thin rope to create the ridges, let cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours at least or overnight.

  4. Once rice is cooled, unwrap and decorate with pre-cut bits of nori and black olives to form the eyes and mouths and some celery leaves for the hair.

  5. Let warm up to room temperature before eating.

How to Shred Carrots with a Box Grater

Peel the carrots before using a box grater to grind them. Then shred away on the box grater. You’ll find that the side with the largest holes is the easiest to use and it makes the perfect-sized shreds for all sorts of recipes. This is the most time-consuming approach, yet it works your muscles and uses a device you probably already have at home!

Food Processor

Don’t be afraid to use your kitchen’s food processor for this job if you have one. Just peel your carrots, trim the ends, and cut them into chunks that are a few inches long. After that, insert the carrots into your food processor after fitting the grater disk (which is included in the box of most popular food processor models). Carrots should be perfectly grated after a few pulses.

Using a food processor to shred carrots will just take a few seconds, allowing you to start blending recipes more quickly.


If you want a method that’s speedy but won’t break the bank, try a mandoline with a grating surface. Just peel your carrots, cut off the ends and shred away! You may swiftly grate carrots using a mandoline. But be careful to use the guard provided in the package because mandolines are known for being extremely sharp.

Julienne Peeler

You can also shred carrots with a julienne peeler. This gadget is compact enough to toss in the drawer with your spatulas and won’t break the bank. To shred carrots, just use this tiny tool like you would a regular vegetable peeler. As you pull it along the carrot, it’ll create fine, long strips.


Taste of Nori

Japanese food is inextricably linked with nori, or dried seaweed. It is a key component of sushi and is used to produce savory rice balls. The flavor of dried seaweed is powerful but not fishy. As many might anticipate, the umami flavor tastes mildly oceanic and overall has a salty, nutty taste.