Giving in…

by Sunita on February 7, 2009

It’s cold, really cold, and warm, hearty meals are what one craves for. The li’l ones have been craving for meatballs for quite a while now. They are not something that I make very often, and I’ve been putting it off for some time, trying to make up with other things. But their implorings and constant reminders did get the better of me ( those eyes??) and I got down to making these meaty balls and added them in a wonderful tomato sauce for last night’s dinner. I must say, I did not regret it, and we all enjoyed a hearty meal.

I added some vegetables to the meatballs and baked them. The sauce was kept simple but flavoursome. I think I might use the sauce in other vegetarian dishes too. The entire recipe is quite easy to rustle up, and tastes delicious too, especially on a cold night.

What’s needed-{ I got 47 meatballs from the following mixture. I added about 25 of them to the sauce and freezed the rest for later. So, please feel free to reduce the recipe (for the meatballs only) if you do not need any extra }

For the meatballs-

1 kg of lamb mince
1/2 C finely chopped spinach
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
7-8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp of cumin powder
1 tsp crushed red chillies ( more or less)
2 tblsp dried oregano
8 tblsp of bread crumbs
2 tblsp of sunflower/vegetable oil
salt to taste

For the sauce-

1 can (400gms) of plum tomatoes
1 and 1/2 C of water ( more or less)
1 onion, roughly chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic, halved
1 tblsp vegetable/sunflower oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 bay leaves
1 whole red chilli, halved
1 tsp crushed red chillies ( more or less)
1 tblsp cumin powder
1 tblsp Italian seasoning
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 250 deg C and line a baking tray with foil.
  2. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs. Mix really well, in a sort of kneading motion.
  3. Make about 47 equal sized balls of the mixture, and arrange them in rows on the prepared tray.
  4. Place the tray in the top rack of the pre heated ovem and bake for about 30 minutes or till nicely browned. Watch the last few minutes very carefully and do not let them burn.
  5. Carefully remove them from the foil, without breaking them and transfer to a bowl lined with a paper towel (to absorb remaining grease). Keep aside.
  6. In a food processor, pulse together the tomatoes, onion and garlic ( for the sauce).
  7. Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds, bay leaves and whole red chilli.
  8. When the seeds begin to splutter, add the tomato mixture along with the water, cumin powder, Italian seasoning, crushed red chillies, salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to a boil.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium and add the meatballs ( as I mentioned earlier, I added about 25 of them). Make sure there is enough sauce over the meatballs. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes or till the sauce thickens to desired consistency and the oil rises to the top. Add more water if necessary.
  10. Serve hot with rice or pasta.

We had ours with some peas brown riceĀ  ( added a handful of peas to the rice while cooking).

The meatballs were really nice.

They are great to snack on too. And the sauce was beautiful. What more does one want? Rengoni and Agastya were, needless to say, really pleased ( even polished the leftovers today),and I did not mind giving in to their wishes on this occasion :-D

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cham February 7, 2009 at 8:59 pm

The meatballs looks extremely juicier, I wish I could taste right now!


2 maninas February 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm

They do look gorgeous. :)


3 Chuck February 8, 2009 at 1:59 am

Sunita, I just love lamb and can’t wait to give this recipe a try. I like that it’s so easy to make. The photos are delicious looking.


4 ttfn300 February 8, 2009 at 4:33 am

gorgeous meatballs! i don’t make them enough… i should start experimenting :)


5 pragyan February 8, 2009 at 7:10 am

Oh I love meatballs. I used them with falafel in making falafel wrap with hummus. Or with a sauce that we get at Ikea. Awesome!!


6 diva February 8, 2009 at 11:06 am

lamb meatballs sound decadently good! definitely a wonderful comfort food. ;) i like how moist and succulent they look. ack i’m hungry now. x


7 sra February 8, 2009 at 6:22 pm

For the second time in my life, I tried making meat balls this week – make that third attempt, because I tried two days in a row, and failed miserably. Dunno when I’ll get over it again! By now you must have guessed i failed the first time too.


8 Jesse February 8, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Those are beautiful Sunita!! They look so moist and just the perfect bite in general… yum!


9 priya February 9, 2009 at 9:31 am

i make a similiar kind of meat ball curry that i comes from my mom family……..the only thing is that we do not bake the meatballs, just drop them in the boiling curry and let them simmer till cooked……………..and its just like comfort food


10 jo February 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Hi Sunita, this looks absolutely delicious and as always, fantastic, fantastic photos.


11 sandeepa February 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Meeatballs look awesome, kofta curry’r moto


12 Happy Cook February 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Hi hi we had meatballs in tomato sauce this afternoon for lunch with mash potato.
And now i see these balls i am craving for them , look so yumm.
A really comfort food for a winter.


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