Meatball Curry

TOTAL TIME: 40 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

MEATBALLS:
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • Kosher salt
CURRY:
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil or canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown or black mustard seeds
  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (1-inch piece) ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 (14-ounce can) full-fat coconut milk
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice (about half a lime)
  • Serving suggestions: Rice, Indian bread, such as naan or chapatti or spaghetti
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Directions

For the meatballs: In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, chile, ginger, cilantro and 1 teaspoon salt together using your hands until just combined. (Don't mix any more than this or you'll end up with tough meatballs!) Make 16 balls like this: divide the mixture in half, and then in half again. Take each quarter and divide it into 4 small portions. Roll each portion between your palms until smooth. Set aside and repeat for all 16 meatballs

For the curry: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the coconut oil until nearly smoking. Add the mustard seeds, covering the pan with a lid so you don't get popping seeds all over you.

When the spluttering subsides, add the shallots, garlic and ginger and cook until golden brown. Then add the ground coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper. Stir, and cook 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and cook until they soften, about 5 minutes.

Add the coconut milk, 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to boil. Turn down to a simmer and add the meatballs. Simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.

To finish, add the cilantro and lime juice. Shake the pan gently to mix them in, and then taste for seasoning. Serve over rice, with Indian bread (naan or chapati) or over spaghetti!

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  • on September 16, 2012

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    Even my 19 year old loves this recipe.

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  • on August 14, 2012

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    This was really good. I would cut down the cayenne pepper next time by half. It wasn't too hot but covered the lime and other flavors. It really was tasty. I used it over rice. My husband said " you can fix this again"!

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  • on June 04, 2012

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    This recipe made my mouth water as I watched it the day it aired so much I had to run to the store and buy the missing ingredients to make it. It turned out delicious! Loved it! It didn't last very long and even my 3 year old ate it and liked it. I was tasting the sauce through out the processes and I didn't think it would turn out any good, but that lime juice at the end and fresh cilantro with a little adjustment on the seasoning was the kicker and what made it taste so good. This is going in my favorites and I'll probably try it with chicken next time. Thanks! (This thing won't let me add the 5 stars I want...5 start all the way!!

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