This dish is very tasty indeed, they taste better than they look in the photos! I’ve made these spicy (but not too hot) meatballs a few times and they’re always a winner. Nuts are actually really good in meatballs, sounds weird, but it really works- just try it! I saw Lee Holmes put nuts in her meatball recipe, and this recipe developed from there. The mint yoghurt sauce is a new addition but it goes well. I served mine with courgette spaghetti. My brother made tomatoey beef meatballs when we visited him in Oz a few weeks ago and served them with courgette spaghetti so I have blatantly copied him on that part! He made them after our first day in Oz when he brought us to Balmoral Beach and we passed out comatose from jet lag… not quite what he had planned for the day!
This dish saw me invest in a mandolin for slicing, and I am happy to report I didn’t lose any fingertips in the making of this meal! This is very healthy and very very tasty. I made it for a friend this week and she really liked it, despite its not so glamorous appearance. This one is a good one, definitely give it a go. I made loads of extra meatballs and froze some for when I’m feeling lazy.
Ingredients (serves 4):
500g minced lamb
Handful chopped walnuts
Handful sliced/flaked almonds
2 small finely sliced onions
3 cloves of crushed garlic
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp chilli powder
salt & pepper
Half a cup of Greek Yoghurt (I love Glenisk the best)
A big sprig of fresh mint
Juice of half a lime
2 courgettes sliced finely length ways (a mandolin is great for doing this quickly)
1. Lightly saute the garlic and onions and then take off the heat.
2. Mix spices, nuts, mince, egg, garlic and onion. Mix well.
3. Form into meatballs shapes. Try to keep them all the same size so they all cook at the same time.
4. When done put in a preheated oven at 150C for a few mins while you cook the courgette.
5. Chuck the courgette in a pan with some olive oil and salt and pepper, this will only take second to cook. You don’t want soggy, limp courgette.
6. Chop mint, add lime juice and yoghurt, give a stir.
7. Serve meatballs on top of courgette spaghetti with a generous dollop of your yoghurt sauce