Curried Lamb Meatballs

These lamb meatballs have become so popular in our house now that I subconsciously almost always have a pack of lamb mince in the freezer just in case. I’m not sure that it is a perfect summer recipe, in the same way that any meat and gravy dish wouldn’t be ideal in the heat, but the perfect summer is a dim and distant memory now. Otherwise, for me they are perfect.

The meatballs don’t have any breadcrumbs or starch holding them together so as a consequence they are very light, but it does mean you need to be gentle with them – they will be wetter than normal meatballs and its best not to stir them in the pan – a gentle shake will do. Despite their relative fragility none have fallen apart on me yet! I tend to make the meatballs in the morning and leave them in the fridge but it won’t really matter if you do them as you start the sauce. I have adapted this from Anjum Anand’s Curried Lamb Meatballs, from the brilliant Indian Food Made Easy – I have changed the quantity of the lamb required and removed the evil fresh coriander from the original recipe.

For the Meatballs:

  • 500g lamb mince
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped or grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp very finely chopped onion, (from onion used for sauce)

For the sauce:

  • Splash vegetable oil
  • large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • small cinnamon stick
  • 3rd of tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 800 ml water
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala

So first make your meatballs. It’s simply a matter of combining all the ingredients in a bowl and giving them a thorough mix with your hands. Then, when the ingredients are fully combined, take a spoon and shape spoonfuls of lamb mixture into walnut sized pieces. AsI have said, you can make these in advance if you like.

Now, heat the oil in a wide non-stick saucepan. Put in your onion and cinnamon stick and cook over a low to medium heat until your onions are golden brown. In a blender, blend together your tomato, ginger and garlic. When smooth, add to the pan and cook for 7-8 minutes, until the oil starts to separate from the tomato mixture and pour in 200 ml of water. Cook, stirring, over a medium heat until the water has evaporated and it has reduced down to a paste. Stir fry this for 2 or 3 minutes and then stir in the spices and salt. Add the remainder of the water and bring to simmering point. When you have simmered for 5 or 6 minutes carefully drop in the meatballs and simmer for another 20 minutes. Resist the temptation to stir! When the meatballs are done, give the pan a quick shake and serve the over rice, with plenty of the gravy.

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One Response to Curried Lamb Meatballs

  1. Julie says:

    The gravy makes the meatballs look more delicious..I’m sure it taste perfect, I’m going to try this one for our dinner. Thanks a lot.

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