Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
A quick and easy Indian meat dish. The spices can be adjusted to suit your tastes. You can omit the coconut if you have cholesterol problems or if you don't like the flavour of coconut.
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
To form meatballs
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3⁄4 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 dash black pepper
to make curry
- 2 onions, chopped in thin slices
- 2 tomatoes
- 6 curry leaves
- 1 inch cinnamon stick
- 6 cardamoms
- 6 cloves
- 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste (store bought or see my recipe)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons coriander powder
- 1 -1 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 inch coconut paste, grated (or a splash of coconut milk)
- 4 potatoes, peeled and sliced lengthwise (I use Yukon Gold)
- Spread the ground beef over a plate.
- Add the spices as indicated to form the meatballs.
- Mix thoroughly and shape into one inch balls; set aside.
- In a saucepan, heat oil, fry onions till golden brown.
- Add curry leaves, cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon.
- Add tomatoes and stir (med-high heat).
- In a small bowl, combine remaining spices except the coconut, and mix with a bit of water to form a soupy mixture.
- Add to onion-tomato mixture after the tomatoes have cooked down a bit.
- Let spices cook for about 3 minutes.
- Add meatballs GENTLY into pot.
- Cover and let cook for a few minutes before stirring again (stir gently).
- Add water as needed and add potatoes when meatballs have firmed up a bit.
- Add grated coconut, salt as needed.
- Cover and let cook, stirring occasionally until potatoes are cooked.
Great and Simple Recipe for Indian Meatball Curry!
This is super easy and very good. I had to use dried curry leaves, which I have heard have almost no flavor. The first evening the curry was somewhat lacking in flavor. By the next day, the flavor had deepened and it was outstanding. I think not only the curry leaves, but all the spices benefited from the wait. I also added some carrot, and will try to put in something green - spinach, green beans or peas - for next time. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe with us.