Meatball curry

More meatballs! This time with an Indian influence. A delicious Meatball Curry that will show you that meatballs can be served in many ways, with different flavours and different influences. To make the meatballs tastier we will mix the meat with some spices that will turn our meatballs into something really good. Don’t forget the cardamom. My favourite spice!


8 green cardamom pods (without the pods)
12 black peppercorns
1 tablespoon coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
3 cloves
½ cinnamon stick
A little piece of star aniseed
A pinch of asafoetida
1 red chilli
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
½ lb ground lamb or ground beef
1 egg
1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 big potato
Some flour
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped green pepper
½ cup green beans
½ cup squash
½ cup chopped mushrooms
1 small chopped tomato
1 chopped green onion
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
Some cooked basmati rice

Curries are very rewarding. The same as meatballs. Let’s make a rewarding curry then.
We will start preparing the spices. In a mortar we will grind the cardamom seeds, the peppercorns, the coriander, the cumin, the cloves, the cinnamon, the star aniseed and the red chilli. We will add the asafoetida to this mix.
Now we will mix the meat, some salt, half the spice mix, the egg, the breadcrumbs, half the garlic and half the ginger in a container. We will mix this so that we get a consistent mix. If we need it, we can add more breadcrumbs.
As for the potato, we will peel it and cut it in small pieces. Then we will boil these potato pieces. When they are ready, we will reserve them.
Now we will start making our meatballs. We will shape our meatballs with the help of some flour. Heat some oil in a frying pan and cook the meatballs. They do not need to be completely cooked because we will finish cooking them later. When they are brown, reserve them on kitchen paper towel.
Now we will take a wok and heat some oil in it, not much. When the oil is hot, we will sauté the onion and the green pepper. A bit later we will add the squash, the green beans and the mushrooms. When this is a bit done, we will add the rest of the spice mix and the rest of the garlic and ginger. Of course, it is important to be stirring and moving the wok. Now we will add the tomato and after one minute, we can add the coconut milk and the turmeric. Stir and add the potatoes that we had reserved.
Finally we will add the meatballs to the wok. We will let them simmer at a low temperature for some minutes. Just before serving, add the cilantro, the lime juice and the green onion. Add some salt to taste if necessary. Serve with basmati rice if you want. And enjoy your Meatball Curry!