An amazingly easy to make Indian Meatball Curry in fragrant fennel seeds flavoured sauce. Ready in 30 minutes goes great with plain boiled rice or bread!
The Indian word for meatballs or anything that resembles a ball shape and go into a curry is called ‘ Kofta’derived from the Persian word. It means to grind or beat which is why it uses ground meat such as beef, lamb, pork, chicken or any other kind of meat.
I am a fuss-free cook, which means convenience and taste take precedence over laborious and out of the world!!
Let’s face it, we live in a daily grind, occasional treats are fine but one cant create lavish meals everyday… unless of course you are the lucky one to have someone do it for you!
One of my must-have proteins other than fish is mincemeat. I love the variety and fast cooking mince meat meals you can make in minutes.
You have the option of making a homemade burger, meat loaf, meatballs, kebabs, curry, chilli, fillings for tacos, enchiladas and many more.
Meatballs cook easily and adding other ingredients such as herbs and spices to minced meat gives it added flavour and texture.
If you have not been using mincemeat then I strongly advise you to start keeping some in your freezer for stiring up tasty family-friendly meals to enjoy!
This is a question I asked myself once I discovered the conveneince of mincemeat.
Commercial meatballs can contain a high amount of fat and sodium so always read the label to check its fat content.
If possible make your own meatballs at home with lean mince meat. They are super easy to make and as mentioned above keeping mince gives you many more options to make mincemeat meals other than just meatballs!
Supermarkets these days have a leaner variety of mincemeat which is great.
Your second option is to put on a pretty smile and ask your butcher to make some fresh mince for you with a lean cut of meat. ( they find it difficult to put off a charm)
Pork mince, unfortunately, has more fat content so if possible substitute it for other red meat option. Occasional pork mince of course does not hurt!
If you stick to modest portions and lean meat, you can enjoy its benefits without overdoing it.
There are many different recipes of meatball cooked in sauce. The most popular of course is meatballs in tomato sauce. However you can also make different sauce base like creamy white sauce, yogurt based sauce, pesto sauce and many more.
In actual fact, if there is a sauce that you add chunky pieces of meat in then I see no reason why the meat pieces cant be replaced by meatballs!
Cooking meatballs in sauce allow the mince to absorb all the flavours from the sauce making it tender, succulent and fast cooking.
This Indian meatball curry recipe, is my original version needing 8 popular everyday spices and has the subtle yet aromatic flavour of freshly ground fennel and cumin seeds.
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|Mince Meat (any kind or mixed)- 250 gms|
|Onions - 1|
|Ginger - 1/2 inch|
|Garlic - 3 pods|
|Tomato - 1, chopped|
|Tomato sauce - 2 tbsp|
|Cream - 3 tsbp|
|Coriander leaves - a large handful|
|Breadcrumbs - 3 tbsp|
|Oil - 1/4 cup (most for pan frying the meat balls and rest for making sauce)|
|Salt to taste|
|Cumin powder - 1 tsp|
|Chilli powder - 1 tsp|
|Green Cardamom - 2|
|Black Cardamom- 2|
|Bayleaves - 1|
|Fennel Seeds - 2 tbsp|
|Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp|
|Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp|