Karioka Sweet Rice Balls


  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • Coating:
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


Mix rice flour, shredded coconut, and 3/4 cup coconut milk together in a bowl until dough is well mixed. Form dough into balls, about 1 tablespoon per ball.

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Heat oil in a pot over medium heat.

Fry dough balls in the hot oil until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and transfer balls to a paper towel-lined plate.

Pour 1/2 cup coconut milk into a saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir brown sugar into hot coconut milk until liquid thickens, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove saucepan from heat, cool coconut coating slightly, and dip balls into coating. Cool slightly before serving.