In every culture there is a version of the classic meatball. There are Italian meatballs, Greek meatballs and Turkish meatballs. Here is my recipe for succulent lamb meatballs.
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 medium onion, grated
1 medium potato, boiled and mashed
600g lamb mince
10ml freshly crushed garlic
10ml crushed ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp garam masala
Salt to season
50ml fresh coriander, chopped
3 spring onions, finely chopped
Fresh coriander to garnish
Sunflower oil to seal meatballs
Squeeze out excess moisture from the grated onion. Place lamb mince and mashed potato in a stainless steel mixing bowl. Add onion, ginger, garlic and ground spice. Season with salt. Add fresh chopped coriander and spring onion. Mix the mince, spices and herbs together until the ingredients are well combined. Mould the mince into little balls and place on grease proof paper. Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Pour in a little sunflower oil and fry the meatball until they are golden brown. Remove from heat and place the meatballs in a strainer to drain off excess oil.
For the sauce
50ml sunflower oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
10ml ground cumin
10ml ground coriander
5 tomatoes, blanched and chopped
Salt to taste
Heat oil in a saucepan. Add chopped onion and sauté until golden brown. Add garlic and stir. Stir in paprika and ground cumin and coriander. Add tomatoes and salt. Stir the tomatoes and when the mixture begins to stick, add 250ml boiling water. Simmer until the tomato ‘melts’ and a thick sauce is formed. Place the meatballs in the sauce and heat through. Garnish with fresh coriander.
Rice is so versatile; you can add almost anything for the perfect companion to your meal. Cook the Spekko Long Grain rice according to the pack instructions and just before serving add in some chopped calamata olives and lemon juice to taste. Serve with the meatballs and enjoy!
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– Make this a day in advance and the meatballs will absorb the flavour from the sauce.
– This can be served with warm, toasted pita bread.
– The meatballs can be served without the sauce as a cocktail snack.
– For a spicy meatball, add chopped green chilli to the uncooked mince.