mearl223 On November - 5 - 2009

Goan Meatball curry

A Goan recipe for meatballs in a thick spicy onion & tomato based gravy.




PrepTime 15mins – CookTime 15mins – Serves 4




Ingredients :

For the meatballs:

1/2kg or 1lb minced meat
1 tsp garlic-ginger paste
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp each of haldi/turmeric pwd, garam masala (all spice) pwd n coriander pwd
1 finely chopped green chili or 1/2 tsp red chili pwd
optional 1 tsp vinegar
1 medium onion – finely chopped/ minced

For the stew:

2 large chopped onions
2-3 red dried chilies
1 half-inch cinnamon stick
3 large ripe tomatoes – chopped
salt to taste
1/2 tsp pepper pwd
1/2 tsp cumin pwd

For the gravy:

2 tbsp ghee/ clarified butter
1/2 tsp each pf turmeric pwd
1/2 tsp red-chili pwd
1/2 tsp cumin pwd
1/2 tsp pepper pwd
1 cup minced/ finely chopped onions
21. 1/2 cup tomato puree/ paste
22. 2 tbsp vinegar
23. 2 tbsp coriander pwd
24. 1 tbsp tamarind juice/paste
25. salt and lime as reqd.
26. chopped coriander to garnish.
27. 1/2 cup full-cream coconut milk


Cooking Instructions:

For the meatballs:

1. Mix ingredients 1 to 7 and make 1″ meat balls with the mixture – pressing tightly in your palm n then shaping.

For the stew:

2. Heat 1-2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker & fry ingredients 8 to 14 above in it, in the order listed, frying well after adding each item.

3. Cook till tomatoes soften, then add the meatballs & enough water to cover them all. Gently toss spices around the meatballs, cover the cooker & cook for 1 whistle (high flame) or till meat is cooked.

For the gravy:

4. In another pot, heat some ghee & fry the onions to brown.

5. Add the turmeric, coriander, red-chili, pepper pwds and fry well.

6. Add the tomato puree & fry well.

7. Add the meatballs with the soup from the cooker – check the salt & add more if required.

8. Boil for 2-3 minutes & then simmer as you add the coconut milk, stirring lightly.

9. Lastly, add sugar, vinegar & tamarind to your taste & garnish with coriander.

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