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Qifqi - Albanian Rice Balls

Qifqi - Albanian Rice Balls are a quick and easy appetizer to serve at any party!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Albanian
Servings: 26 Qifqi


  • 1 cup rice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt or more to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking


  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  • Add rice, reduce heat to low, cover and steam until rice has absorbed all of the water, about 15 minutes. Leave to cool to room temperature.
  • In a bowl, beat 4 eggs with the mint, black pepper and salt.
  • Add the rice and mix until thoroughly combined and rice is well coated with the egg.
  • Heat a molded pan and brush each cavity with a little olive oil.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cavity with the rice.
  • Cover and cook on low heat 5-10 minutes on each side until golden and crispy.
  • Serve with ajvar or your favorite Balkan vegetable spread.