Spicy meatballs

Spicy meatballs

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6
These are great to make with the kids. Teach them about handling raw meat and using different flavours

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal173
  • fat5g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.35g
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  • 500g minced chicken, turkey, lamb, beef or pork



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 1 medium onion



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

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
  • 2 tsp mild or medium curry powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 1 tsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • ½ tsp paprika or cayenne pepper



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 50g fresh breadcrumb
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…


  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.

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31st Jan, 2011
Are the 'fat content' stats correct?? 5g fat and 10g of saturated fat.??? Sorry, but I have to watch the fat content in stuff
25th Oct, 2010
Quite good and I found the recipe spicy enough. Might make this again!
15th Jun, 2010
Great for the whole family! easy to make! make sure to not make them too big so they are crunchy!! I made it with sauce and added some spice to the sauce to add more flavour and we had it with pasta (penne) delish!!
19th May, 2010
I will be making these tonight...watch this space.
1st May, 2010
Made this last night and after reading other comments added hot curry powder and 1 tsp of cayenne instead of half, salt and black pepper. Also fried the meatballs in chilli oil and they were very good. Even Mike (who can eat Vindaloo) said they were very tasty.
7th Apr, 2010
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.
15th Dec, 2009
great hot or cold for the next day!
24th Jul, 2009
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.
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30th Jun, 2009
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
12th Mar, 2009
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!!


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