Curried Meatballs

"I was given this recipe by a co-worker of mine who grew up in South Africa. It is from "Everyday Cape Malay Cooking" by Zainab Legardien. I have modified the recipe to either be more in line with our tastes or to use ingredients that I can get at my local grocery store. You can serve this with rice, spinach or by itself."
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  • Heat oil over medium heat and stir-fry the onions.
  • Add cinnamon stick and water, then add tomato sauce, garam masala, turmeric, ginger paste, salt, starseed petal and vinegar.
  • Mix well and leave to simmer on low.
  • To prepare the meatballs, place breadcrumbs, parsley, ghee, tomato and ground beef in a bowl and mix well but lightly.
  • Form into medium-sized balls.
  • Add meatballs to simmering sauce and add more water if necessary.
  • Reduce heat and add bay leaves, sugar, all spice and breadcrumbs - IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT STIR AT THIS STAGE.
  • Simmer, covered, until done (about 15 minutes).

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  1. Taste: 5 stars Cost: 2 stars (casual cooks in the US will need to buy some of the more esoteric ingredients) Ease of preparation: 3 stars (takes a bit of time, but is fairly straightforward) Pleasure in making: 4 stars (the house smells great, if you like a strong smell of curry for a few days, which I do)


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