THE ARANCINA RECIPE of MAMA STREATY ????‍???? tips and facts

1Kg of “riso Roma” Italian rice, 500 gr of minced or shreded veal meat, 2 onion, 3 carrot, celery, 200 gr peas, white wine, safron, breadcrumbs

THE BROTH – 2lt ☝️
Boil 1 potato, 1 onion, 2 carrots, 1 stam of celery in 2lt of salted water. Add about 0,5 gr of safron in powder.

THE RICE 1Kg ????
Toast the rice grains in a pot and then add the broth in it. Stir it for about 10 minute then cover the pot and let it cook in broth on low fire for about 15min. The rice will absorbe all the broth.
Lay the rice down on the table. *Traditionally it should be left to cool down on a marble surface for one night long! however, this is not really necessary. Just let it cool down to a reasonable temperature to work on it with your hands without getting burnt!

Make a sautèed with olive oil (cover the bottom of the pot) and 1 ground onion. Add a ground carrot and the minced veal, let it cook for 5 minute and the simmer with white wine until reduced. Add the peas and let it cook for about 40 min on low fire.

Shape a ball of rice in your hands and make a hole in the middle. Gently rotate your finger in order to widen up the rice cratere. Stuff it with the meat and add some rice on the top and work on it with your hands in order to close the sphere of rice. The size of the arancina should be as a big as a lady’s fist. If you don’t want to take the risk, a Sicilian company invented the Arancinas’ moulds!

roll the arancina on the breadcrumbs and let it rest 5 minute.
Deep fry the arancina in sunflower oil. The arancina must be entirely immersed in the oil in order to cook homogeneously. The arancina takes about 5 minutes to be ready but remember, before taking the first bite let the arancina cool down to room temperature, you will enjoy its taste better and you will avoid the grains to crumble in your hands!

now close your eyes, and enjoy it 🙂


The arancina (from “orange”, in Italian “arancia”) is a 1000 year old recipe. Originally a risotto brought in Sicily by the Arabs in the IX century, at the time of the Islamic empire expansion. When the Normans took over in Sicily, they decided to wrap and bread the arab risotto in order to consume it as take away lunch during their hunting expeditions.


The word “arancini” stands as plural form of the word “arancino”. Arancino is the way Eastern Sicilians call it, why? because in Sicilian language the word arancia should be correctly said “arancio”. However in the west of Sicily, this crunchy specialty has always been called using the feminine form “arancina” from the Italian word “arancia”. Who’s right then? Western or Eastern Sicilians? just learn this, nobody is right. Avoid getting in troubles, so call it the way sicilians want. It sounds like a silly stoy but it’s a very crucial thing in Sicily, a matter of honour. There is no correct name but there is a correct shape. The shape of the arancina/o must resemble an orange, otherwise it makes no sense to call it like that,right? In this case, western sicilians win because they shape the arancinA it like an orange, whereas in the East they shape the arancinO like a Mount, the Mount Etna!