Calas (Creole Rice Beignets)


A great use for leftover rice, these beignets feature raisins and cinnamon and are great for a Sunday brunch.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
8 servings


  • ½ cup warm water

  • 4 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 cup cooked white rice

  • 2 large eggs

  • cup raisins

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup crushed cashews (Optional)

  • oil for frying

  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, or as needed


  1. Combine water and sugar in a small bowl. Add yeast and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add rice and stir well. Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature, about 10 minutes.

  2. Lightly mash the rice mixture, leaving some grains intact. Stir in eggs, raisins, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix in flour and cashews until well incorporated. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

  3. Heat enough oil in a large saucepan to cover the beignets. Drop spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil; cook until browned, turning once, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Promptly sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
9g Fat
30g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 311mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 133mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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