Spicy Meatballs (Sri Lankan)

"Very very tasty meat balls to serve with steamed rice. This is my own recipe and one of my husband's favourite."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins
25 meat balls




  • ---------SAUCE-------.
  • Heat oil in a sauce pan.
  • Add mustard seeds and fenugreek.
  • When they are brown, add chopped onion.
  • Reduce heat, and fry onion till they are transparent.
  • Add garlic and fry on very low heat for about 5 minutes.
  • It is very important to fry garlic on VERY low heat.
  • Add chillie powder and curry powder.
  • Stir and cook about 1 minute.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook on high heat for another 2 minutes.
  • Add can of diced tomatoes, tomatoe paste and tomato ketchup.
  • Put soup cube and adjust salt.
  • Sprinkle sugar on top.
  • Cover and SLOW cook till meat balls are ready.
  • ------METHODMEAT BALLS------------.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients using your hand.
  • Break and mix the egg.
  • Squeeze milk out of the slice of bread and mix with the meat mixture.
  • Make lime size balls and fry all sides on low heat for about 15-20 minutes.
  • When frying it is important to use a non-stick frying pan.
  • Fry them till they are medium brown on all sides.
  • Add one by one to the sauce mixture, using a slotted spoon.
  • Cover and SLOW cook for about 30 minutes[longer the better].
  • These meat balls are very good if you serve over steamed rice.
  • If you serve on bed of spaghetti, the sauce should be bit thinner.
  • To adjust the sauce for spaghetti add 1 cup of boiling water to the sauce.
  • Do this just after adding meat balls.
  • Check for salt.
  • Cover and SLOW cook for about 30 minutes[longer the better].

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  1. This is a thoroughly enjoyable recipe. Excellent aromatic taste. We tried it without the pork and without the ketchup. The garlic was increased. I appreciate the pointers included in the steps with the explanations. This is going to be a repeat meal in our family.
  2. We really enjoyed these meatballs, and will definately be using this recipe again. I did make I change and that was the garlic I only used 2 cloves in the sauce and the meat balls, they tastes great. Thanks for posting.



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