Glutinous rice balls with beef and potato, spiced with cumin and turmeric (low FODMAP, Gluten Free)

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Sydney is rainy this weekend – reportedly a month’s worth of rain over the next few days. We are stuck in the house. My husband is busy assembling some ikea cabinets for the playroom; my little boy is busy on his ipad; and I  cook in the kitchen.

Supermarket shopping does not sound like an attractive option – so I went to the freezer and the dry good pantry. There was plenty of beef mince in the freezer which I could cook something with, together with some glutinous rice… something soft, warm and tasty would be nice.

Glutinous rice balls with beef and potato, spiced with cumin and turmeric (low FODMAP, Gluten Free)

Recipe is as follow:

(Serves 2 as a low FODMAP recipe; makes about 8 balls)


  • 150g beef mince
  • 50g potato, finely diced,  cooked in microwave for 2 minutes, drain off any liquid if required
  • 1/2 cup glutinous rice, soaked in hot water for at lease 30 minutes or overnight, drain off any liquid
  • 15g coriander, chopped
  • 1 small chili, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbs corn flour
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce (skip for a gluten free option)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • cooking oil (I use olive oil)


In a large bowl, mix all ingredients other than the cooking oil. Roll the mixture into 8 balls. The mixture is quite soft – so we will need to give them a good squeeze.

Steam the rice balls in a steamer for 30 minutes; line the balls with baking paper to prevent sticking; Cool the rice balls briefly.

In a frying pan, bring generous amount of cooking oil to medium heat; pan fry the rice balls until slightly brown and aromatic.

Serve warm.










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