Green Meatball Curry

Green Meatball Curry
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Green Meatball Curry

Vanessa Courtier

Green Meatball Curry

This curry has been inspired by the meatball stews of Goa. It is a beautiful dish and the flavors are deep and well rounded. It is perfect for an easy dinner and great for children (without the chiles) as they can help form the meatballs, as I did when young. The curry itself only requires the chopping of an onion and a blender. Serve it with basmati rice, bread, rice noodles or even mashed potatoes – anything to soak up the delicious gravy.

Adapted from "Anjum's New Indian" by Anjum Anand.


Mix the lamb with the bread crumbs, egg, ½ teaspoon salt and a good grinding of pepper, ½ teaspoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1 teaspoon of the oil. Form into 1-inch meatballs and set aside.

Heat the remaining oil in a large nonstick saucepan. Add the onion and fry until brown. Meanwhile, using a blender, make a paste of the ginger, garlic and chiles with a scant ½ cup of the coconut milk. Add this to the pan with the remaining spices and salt. Cook over medium heat for 8–10 minutes or until the mixture releases oil and has no harsh elements when tasted.

Purée the cilantro with the remaining coconut milk and add to the cooked masala sauce with 1 2/3 cups water. Bring to a boil and cook for 8–10 minutes. Taste the seasoning and adjust, adding as much tamarind paste as you like for sourness. Add all the meatballs and bring back to the boil, then cook over a low heat for 20 minutes or until the meatballs are tender.


Calories per serving:

610 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 51g 78%
  • Carbs 18g 6%
  • Saturated 27g 136%
  • Fiber 2g 10%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 16g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 23g 46%
  • Cholesterol 119mg 40%
  • Sodium 194mg 8%
  • Calcium 108mg 11%
  • Magnesium 87mg 22%
  • Potassium 629mg 18%
  • Iron 7mg 37%
  • Zinc 5mg 30%
  • Phosphorus 324mg 46%
  • Vitamin A 61µg 7%
  • Vitamin C 8mg 13%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 17%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 21%
  • Niacin (B3) 8mg 39%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 17%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 64µg 16%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 40%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 12%
  • Vitamin K 43µg 54%
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