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Creole Rice Calas

Updated on June 29, 2010
Long Grain Rice
Long Grain Rice

Creole Rice Calas

I love Creole cooking, and the intense flavors and rich history that goes along with it. What has been just as interesting, is discovering the varying Creole dessert recipes. Creole Rice Calas, are not just sweet dessert treats, but they have a neat little bit of history that goes along with them. I will share that in a little bit.

What are Creole Rice Calas?

Basically, they are fried rice cakes. These were often made when there was leftover rice after a meal. If they weren't sure what to do with the extra rice, this was the dessert to fall back on. Creole Rice Calas are fried balls of rice, and dough. They are covered with powdered sugar and a little bit similar to a beignet. They have also been known to be called rice fritters.

A little history to go with these Calas

Evidently, long ago in New Orleans, especially on a cold morning, you would hear this phrase cried out in the streets, " 'CALAS! CALAS! TOUTES CHAUDES!" This request could be heard from the area around the French Quarter. This was where many Creole women made and then sold these little treats. They were and are considered little special delicacies. I like that they made scrumptious treats out of leftovers and what they had, which avoided waste while providing a little extra income during what were sometimes hard times. If warm especially, you can imagine what a nice breakfast that was for passers by. What a great idea for everyone involved.

French Quarter, in Louisiana, in 1910's or 1920's or so.
French Quarter, in Louisiana, in 1910's or 1920's or so.

Types, and what goes into Creole Rice Calas

While the sweet Creole calas are wonderful, they are not the only ones. There is a more savor version that calls for less sweet ingredients. They include bacon, onions, bell peppers and tomatoes and more. What a twist on the same idea, and this version also sounds like it would be great for breakfast as well. Would just depend on your preference at the moment.

Without giving out the recipe just yet, I wanted to share the basic ingredients with you. The recipes will likely be easily found in creole cookbooks as well as variations online.

There is some basic baking types of ingredients like flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs and vanilla extract, confectioners sugar, and oil and nutmeg. These ingredients help to to cover the dough part, and you will also be using rice of course. Other recipes use cinnamon and or maceas well. Depending on the recipe, they may call for dry active yeast, which probably adds a a different, but fun difference.

For the more savory version of the Creole Rice Calas, you need bacon, onions and peppers, chopped up.  Not sure about you, but I think both would be wonderful.  I think its great that we pass on our history through food, and continue to celebrate teh Creole cooking traditions.

Neat old picture, also from Louisiana
Neat old picture, also from Louisiana

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Rice? Cakes? And Fried? Oh, I'm sold. These sound like the real deal. Have never heard of this but now I know what else to do with rice.

      Thanks a lot!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      HI BkCreative, thank you for your comment, and reading my hub. I felt the same way, now when I have left over rice, I can make a fun treat!

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      This hub was educational! Thanks for sharing, I learned something new!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Nifty, thank you very much, I am glad you learned something new! Glad you stopped by.

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      OnlineHub 6 years ago from Fresno, CA, USA

      Thanks for sharing this scrumptious Creole Rice Calas recipe. I like to eat rice and enjoy reading this article. I hope to make this one soon. 5* plus recommendation!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Onlinehub, thank you for your comment and stopping by.

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I gotta have some of that next time I'm down there...

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      PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

      Great Hub!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Phoenix!

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