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Lamb Kofta Meatballs in Curry Sauce

These are the balls that started it all. The balls that brought us all closer together. The balls that broke the ice between us.


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Lamb Kofta Meatballs in Curry Sauce
May 19, 2013

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Lamb Kofta Meatballs in Curry Sauce

These are the balls that started it all.

The balls that brought us all closer together.

The balls that broke the ice between us.

It was Valentine’s Day. I was without a date (no big deal, V.Day is a crock of sh*t anyways), and wanted to treat myself to a special meal.

The caption that went with my instagram….”Nothing like putting balls in your mouth on Valentine’s Day #ballsinmymouth”.

It was great to see how many of you could be inappropriate with me!  

Since then, the #ballsinmymouth craze has taken off, and there is no turning back now!

These come from Bill Granger’s new book; Easy. 

I went to the extra effort of making my own naan with Thermanator the Thermomix.

The curry sauce has quite a kick to it, so if you aren’t too good with spice, maybe add less of the korma paste to the sauce.

Delicious, hearty and perfect for a Wintery night in, even if you have a date or not! 😉 

Lamb Kofta Meatballs in Curry Sauce
Bill Granger

500g lamb mince
1 medium onion, coarsely grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
25g (1/3 cup) fresh white breadcrumbs
finely grated zest 1 lemon
3 tablespoons chopped coriander
3 tablespoons chopped mint, plus extra handful, to serve
3 tablespoons light flavoured oil
4 tablespoons korma curry paste
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
400g tin diced tomatoes
180ml (3/4 cup) coconut milk
1 cinnamon stick
1 red onion, finely sliced
naan bread, warmed

1. Place the mince, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, coriander and mint in a large mixing bowl. Add plenty sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and combine thoroughly.

2. Rinse your hands under cold water and, without drying, shape the mixture into 24 small meatballs.

3. Place a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil, and when. hot, add half the meatballs and fry for 4-5 minutes, turning often, until lightly browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate and repeat with more oil and remaining kofta.

4. Return the pan to the heat, add the remaining oil, curry paste and ginger. Tip the tomatoes and coconut milk into the pan and stir well. Add the cinnamon stick and season with a little sea salt and plenty of black pepper. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 3 minutes.

5. Return the kofta to the plan and cook in the curry sauce for a further 5 minutes, until tender and cooked through. Serve scattered with the red onion slices, mint leaves and naan bread.


11 comments on “Lamb Kofta Meatballs in Curry Sauce
  1. Cara @ Gourmet Chick

    I have this book so might have to give these a try. Super impressed by your naan it looks brilliant!

    May 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm
  2. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    I knew you were going to post some more ‘ball’ recipes soon hahaha YAY 🙂 But damnnn I don’t eat lambbbb I might substitute it with beef and hope it’ll work hehe

    May 20, 2013 at 9:45 am
  3. milkteaxx

    id take these balls in my mouth anyday! and id happily be your date if you serve up good food like this!

    May 20, 2013 at 10:54 am
  4. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    oh maa gaad!

    With this recipe, balls’ in your court #dadjoke

    May 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm
  5. Ira

    These look amazeballs! haha (I couldn’t help myself)

    May 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm
  6. Trisha

    I think looking at your blog in the morning is a VERY bad idea…. I am now gagging for something as delicious as this… and still hours to go til lunch! Ooops.

    Thanks for sharing, looks awesome!


    May 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm
  7. Gourmet Getaways

    I don’t mind some balls every so often, I am pleased these turned out so tasty 😉 LOL! So many good ball jokes come to mind 😉 anyway these look like the most delicious balls of all, I could happily eat curry every night of the week. Love the images too, you are so clever 🙂

    May 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm
  8. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    The tag on instagram is interesting, hahaha. I like Bill’s recipes nd this one is very tempting.

    May 24, 2013 at 6:46 am
  9. Mez

    I remember when that hashtag started hahaahahhaa



    May 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm
  10. msihua (@msihua)

    Love the food styling 🙂 I have added you onto my board.. oh no spiral!

    May 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm
  11. Agnes

    Your balls are still the best balls.

    (I should leave this comment on every balls post you blog… hehehehe)

    June 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm
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