Spicy meatballs

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
These are great to make with the kids. Teach them about handling raw meat and using different flavours

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:25 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 173
  • fat 5g
  • saturates 10g
  • carbs 10g
  • sugars 1g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 23g
  • salt 0.35g


  • 500g minced chicken, turkey, lamb, beef or pork
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
  • 2 tsp mild or medium curry powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp paprika or cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


Make it saucy
Fry 2 sliced garlic cloves in a little olive oil and add a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then transfer to an ovenproof dish. Add your meatballs, cover them with sauce and bake in the oven for 40 mins-1 hr. Serve with rice or pasta.


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

  2. Put the mince into the mixing bowl. Add the onions, garlic, curry powder, cumin, garam masala, paprika or cayenne pepper and coriander, then mix well. By adding these spices, you’ll get a delicious flavour without having to add any salt.

  3. Add the beaten egg and breadcrumbs, then mix again.

  4. Divide the meat mixture into 15-18 evensized pieces and shape into balls (they should be about the size of a walnut). Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat so you don’t transfer any germs that may be on the meat to other food or equipment.

  5. Heat the oil in the frying pan over a medium heat and add the meatballs using a spoon. Cook them for 5 mins, turning until golden brown. Remove from the pan and place them on to the tray. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins.

  6. Remove from the oven. Remember to use oven gloves! Allow to cool slightly and serve with a fresh, crisp green salad, some pitta bread and tomato salsa.

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