Turkey meatball & pineapple curry

Turkey meatball & pineapple curry

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

Try a new spin on korma – use lean turkey mince and roll into balls then serve in a coconut-based sauce with fruit and coriander

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal465
  • fat27g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre2g
  • protein38g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 500g pack turkey mince
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 onion, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 garlic clove
  • small bunch coriander, roughly chopped, stalks and leaves kept separate
  • 432g can pineapple chunks in juice, drained (reserve the juice)



    With its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple…

  • 4 tbsp korma paste (or gluten-free alternative)
  • 6 tbsp ground almond
  • 400ml can low-fat coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

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    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • basmati rice and naan bread (or gluten-free alternative), to serve


  1. Season the turkey mince and shape into mini meatballs, about the size of a large cherry. Heat the oil in your widest pan, add the meatballs and cook, rolling them around the pan, for 8 mins until brown all over. Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend the onion, ginger, garlic, coriander stalks and 2 tbsp of the reserved pineapple juice to a paste.

  2. Push the meatballs to one side of the pan, tip the onion mixture into the space and cook for a few mins until softened. Add the curry paste and stir for 1 min, coating the meatballs. Add the ground almonds, coconut milk, pineapple chunks, another 2 tbsp of the reserved pineapple juice and a little seasoning. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 mins until thickened a little. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread.

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Tamika Rowland's picture
Tamika Rowland
18th Nov, 2019
Yummy family friendly recipe.
31st Oct, 2018
Super delicious! In the method it says 'season the meatballs'. So I put salt, pepper, dollop of mayonnaise, little spoon of english mustard, half a cup of oats and milk (cause I disnt have fresh breadcrumbs) bit of parmesan, bit of parsley... ;)
21st Jan, 2017
I made this the other day, with the only difference being that I used normal coconut milk and added some medium curry powder to the mince. I wasn't convinced when I tried it straight out of the pot, but it turned out to be really tasty with some basmati rice. The pineapple really fits, and the meatballs are full of flavour.
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5th Jul, 2015
Made this yesterday and it was really lovely! I used a spicier curry paste as that's all I had in (Tesco Ingredients Gujarati paste) so it was a bit hotter than the recipe should have been but it turned out really well. My husband and our 10 year old daughter both hate fruit in savoury dishes but the sauce wasn't all that sweet and was easy to just give them less chunks of pineapple when I dished up. Myself and our 8 year old daughter both enjoy fruit in things so we both loved it! Great with basmati and garlic and coriander naan and lovely to find a dish to make use of bland turkey mince - will make again soon!
24th Feb, 2014
Very tasty dish, great family meal, both my 3 year old and 8 year old loved it and my son normally doesn't like anything with fruit in it!! Will definitely make again.
17th Jan, 2014
Very good. Will definitely be making again. Turkey mince can be quite bland but this combined good flavour with a healthier curry option
22nd Sep, 2013
This really hit the spot and was totally delicious. I used fresh pineapple instead, simply because I had one to use up. I will definitely be making this on a regular basis.
17th Sep, 2013
Delish! Used Dole Pineapple slices and cubed myself. Stuck to recipe apart from using full fat coconut milk. (Makes all the diff!) Where is the star rating? I give it *****
26th Aug, 2013
Made this tonight for my family and it got a thumbs up. My 7 year old doesn't normally eat curry but loved this. I might try it with a different meat next time for a change. It was easy and quick to make too which I'm very happy with.
16th Aug, 2013
Tried this as an introduction to curry flavours for my 6 year old. She declared it to be very tasty! The adults enjoyed it too. It will be a favourite in our house as it is easy to make.


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