Spicy meatballs

Spicy meatballs

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

These are great to make with the kids. Teach them about handling raw meat and using different flavours

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
173
protein
23g
carbs
10g
fat
5g
saturates
10g
fibre
1g
sugar
1g
salt
0.35g

Ingredients

  • 500g minced chicken, turkey, lamb, beef or pork
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
  • 2 tsp mild or medium curry powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp paprika or cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
  2. Put the mince into the mixing bowl. Add the onions, garlic, curry powder, cumin, garam masala, paprika or cayenne pepper and coriander, then mix well. By adding these spices, you’ll get a delicious flavour without having to add any salt.
  3. Add the beaten egg and breadcrumbs, then mix again.
  4. Divide the meat mixture into 15-18 evensized pieces and shape into balls (they should be about the size of a walnut). Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat so you don’t transfer any germs that may be on the meat to other food or equipment.
  5. Heat the oil in the frying pan over a medium heat and add the meatballs using a spoon. Cook them for 5 mins, turning until golden brown. Remove from the pan and place them on to the tray. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins.
  6. Remove from the oven. Remember to use oven gloves! Allow to cool slightly and serve with a fresh, crisp green salad, some pitta bread and tomato salsa.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2007

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lydiasimmons's picture
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Loved these! Was a great way to use some turkey mince I wasn't sure what to do with. I melted some little chunks of cheese over them while they were cooking and added a dollop of sour cream with a sprig of coriander to serve, delicious. They are so versatile, now I can make the meatballs I will be using them in lots of different ways.

r-henderson's picture
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great hot or cold for the next day!

lynne42's picture
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Made the saucy version and used a total of 3 tsps of madras curry powder, omitted the garam massala and used cayenne instead of paprika - this definitely gave more of a kick. Served with rice and salad. Very easy to make.

jburton's picture

These look great and i will definetly be making them.
I will use Lamb mince, plus im going to use the sauce from the recipe 'Pink fish balls in spicy gravy' also on this site as i have lentils in the cupboard so this would be a good way of using them. The curry powder i have is quite spicy so i may not need to add extra chilli, although we do like our food with a kick so i may well add a bit of chopped chilli, i will decide at the time
Im going to take up Nina's suggestion and use spicy Couscous, (Ainsley Harriots couscous spice sensation)and i too wont fry them but cook gently in the oven turning during cooking to ensure even cooking coverage. Im making myself hungry!!! x

jenny3704's picture
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These are really nice! I served these with pittas and salad and not the sauce. Next time I make these they need a lot more spice and more seasoning! They were really delish and I'm excited about trying them with more spice! My hubby also cleared his plate!
Will definately be making these again!!

pettle's picture

Fantastic - loved by all the family. It has the added bonus of being really easy! I also didn't bother frying them, just put them on an oiled baking sheet and rolled them over half way through cooking to ensure they were browned all over. Served with tomato sauce and rice and will use up left overs with pittas and salad. I do agree with other comments though that it needs more seasoning.

sarahdarah's picture
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I used chicken breast which I minced in the food processor and added chilli and lots of extra spices as suggested. Served them with a tomato sauce and pasta. Defnitely will make again.

juliakin's picture
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Lovely! Made them with turkey mince and added passata for a sauce. I didn't bother with the pan bit, just put them in the oven for 20 mins - they kept their shape perfectly. My 5yr old helped me shape them and she loved them too.

jennid's picture
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I made this recipe with the sauce and it was excellent. For an extra kick I added a tablespoon of harissa paste to the tomato sauce.

cazrainbow's picture

I did the same as stella and added to the Speedy moroccan meat balls - really good.

julesmac17's picture

Fantastic. I made them saucy but covered them with tin foil to stop them drying out - really delicious, will def make again.

stelaholder's picture
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I omitted Indian spices - only added paprika and salt and pepper. Once cooked I added them to Moroccan sauce (Speedy Moroccan meatballs recipe) Really delicious. Will definitely make again.

jcrang's picture

These are very easy and tasty meatballs but please do add a little more spice otherwise they would be a little bland. I added some chilli flakes and they were great.

53katiem's picture
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I made it with the sauce, ie. garlic and can of tomatoes. Really good but would add extra spices next time because the sauce made the flavour less strong. Served with rice and salad.

purpleflufff's picture
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I made this last night and while not all the balls stayed 'intact' during the cooking process (my fault not the recipe!) it came out lovely. .I made it with the tomato sauce and so that coverd up my mess! I added extra spice and chopped chilli too. It was a really fantastic taste and served with a salad really complimented the heat and the cool together.

angiechong's picture
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Great recipe! I used minced turkey and like a lot of the others, I added a little more spice and also salt! I used passata for the sauce which was really lovely.

artyness's picture
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Made these recently, lush but do need the added spices to give enough flavour for my taste but will make again :-)

gem090383's picture

I made this tonight and really enjoyed it I did have to add an extra tin of tomatos as it dried out a little, next time i would add more spices, to give them an extra bit of a kick, they were delicious!

sirild's picture
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Had to add more of the spices, plus dried chilli flakes, salt & pepper. Made them saucy, served with potato wedges and crunchy fine green beans. Will make again.

thebestnina's picture
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My husband loves it. Its good with spicy couscous and some vegies.

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