Mom’s Meatballs

  • meatball pasta in tomato sauce base, using lots of Italian herbs.
  • meatball baguette, accompanying with cheese and lettuce
  • meatball pulao
  • grilled meatballs with garlic bread
  • or meatball with salad (just like falafel)

Ingredients for meatballs

very fine minced meat 1/2 kg (makes approx 10 meatballs)

Method for Making Meatballs

  1. To make meatballs, add all the ingredients and make balls.

Ingredients for curry

onions (blended) 2 medium

Method for Making curry

  1. In a pan add the blended onions, pre-soaked fenugreek leaves, ginger/garlic paste and let them come to boil. Add 2–3 cups of water if using beef mince (No need to add any water for chicken as it also gets half cooked while shallow frying.
  2. Now add all spices.
  3. Add meatballs and cook till the water evaporates completely and the meatballs starts sticking at the base of the pan.
  4. Now add oil and fry the meatballs gently till a roasted aroma is released.
  5. At this stage the curry is in very dried form. You can add a bit of water to make the curry smooth and flowing and also if you are planning to have it with naan (which tastes divine by the way).
  6. After you reach the desired texture, dish out, garnish it with garam masala, lemon and coriander leaves.

Important tips to remember:

  1. Mince meat should be finely ground with no fat.
  2. The meatballs tend to break easily, so before putting them in the curry, shallow fry them, so they gets tightened and bound and won't break. Broken meatballs look unappetizing.
  3. The above recipe is for 1/2 kg mince, but you can double the portions and freeze half of the meatballs for later use.
  4. If using frozen meatballs, take them out like 12 hours before cooking. Defrost them under room temperature. Once they get soft, reshape them into balls as they lose their shape while being frozen.

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