Thursday, 1 October 2015

Omotuo (Rice Balls)

Rice balls or Omotuo as we affectionately call it, are basically softened rice traditionally shaped into balls. Rice balls are accompaniments to soups. It is usually an alternative for people who don't eat our popular fufu. Although it is not as popular as fufu, it has gained a special place in the hearts of Ghanaians. It is so special, most restaurants dedicate Sunday's as Omotuo Special. You've got to try it with a good Ghanaian soup to understand.

  • 2 Cups Rice (use sticky rice)
  • 4 Cups of Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp of butter
* This makes about 6 medium size balls.


1. Wash the rice until the water runs clear.

2. Drain excess water using sieve/colander.

3. Place rice in a pot or rice cooker.

4. Add 4 cups of water and pinch of salt to taste.

5. Cook the rice until soft and all the water is soaked up in the rice. Remove from heat.

6. Whilst hot add the butter. 

7. Using the flat side of a wooden spoon, mix the butter into the rice and mash the rice until it’s soft and comes together in a ball. See video here  for illustration.

8. Rinse a small bowl with water.

9. Place sizeable portions of the soft mashed rice into the bowl and using a wet palm, roll the rice into a bowl.

10. Repeat step 8 & 9 until all the rice has been rolled into balls. You can try different shapes if you wish.

11. Use cling film to wrap each ball up to prevent it from drying out.

12. Serve the rice ball with your favourite soup.

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