Carioca with brown sugar glaze are the perfect snack or dessert! These fried rice balls are sweet, chewy and gluten-free!
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Carioca

Carioca with brown sugar glaze are the perfect snack or dessert! These fried rice balls are sweet, chewy and gluten-free!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Lalaine

Ingredients

For the Carioca

  • 1 1/2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 1 cup water (and 1 tablespoon or so more if needed)
  • oil

For the Sugar Coating

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

Equipment

  • bamboo skewers

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine glutinous rice flour and the 1 cup of water. Stir until flour is moistened. If needed, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to form a firm but smooth and pliable dough. Dough should not feel dry or too sticky.
  • Scoop about 1 teaspoonful of dough and roll in palm of hands into 1-inch balls. Using the sharp end of one bamboo skewer, poke through each dough ball.
  • In a wide pan over medium heat, heat about 3-inches deep of oil. Gently add balls into oil and cook, stirring occasionally, for about  7 to 10 minutes or until golden. Do not overcrowd pan, cook in batches as needed. 
  • With a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Dip carioca in the sugar syrup until fully coated. Arrange in single layer on a wire rack set over a pan or on a parchment-lined baking sheet to cool. 
  • Skewer in bamboo skewers if desired.

For the Sugar Coating

  • In a saucepan, combine dark brown sugar and 1/4 cup water. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Continue to cook WITHOUT stirring until syrup golden brown. 

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 16g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg