This rice fritter originated in western Africa and comes in many versions. It was extremely popular in antebellum New Orleans. This one is a lightened version of a recipe fround in one of the city's oldest cookbooks, 1885's The Creole Cookery Book, published by the Christian Women's Exchange. In it, the dish is titled "Callers."

Recipe by Cooking Light October 1999


Credit: Randy Mayor

Recipe Summary

2 1/2 dozen (serving size: 3 fritters)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place the rice in a medium bowl. Drizzle warm water over rice; mash rice with a fork until almost smooth. Stir in baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Gradually add flour and eggs to rice mixture, stirring with a whisk until well-blended.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Drop rice mixture by level tablespoonfuls into pan. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove fritters from pan with a slotted spoon. Pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

142 calories; calories from fat 29%; fat 4.5g; saturated fat 1g; mono fat 1.4g; poly fat 1.6g; protein 4.2g; carbohydrates 20.6g; fiber 0.6g; cholesterol 66mg; iron 1.3mg; sodium 210mg; calcium 54mg.