Meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce

Cook this long and slow and be rewarded with a sumptuous dish which can be as spicy or not as you like – cook it the days before and reheat the next day – it always tastes better !. It freezes well, and can be brought out of the freezer for that guest you did not know was arriving. I use ready made meatballs as its much quicker and the sauce infused them with flavour.

24 meat balls (I use Essential Waitrose New Zealand lamb meatballs)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 chopped onion
1 clove garlic
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp garam marsala
4 pods of cardamon (shell removed and seeds crushed)
1 small bunch fresh coriander
0.5 tsp smoked paprika
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
3 tsp tamarind paste
1 red chilli (slit lengthways and seeds removed or if your prefer heat chop it up and add)
2 bay leaves
4 curry leaves
1 tsp salt

Break the meat balls in half and roll into 48 small balls- they taste better in the sauce. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large flame proof casserole and brown the meatballs, removing to a plate when they are done. Add the garlic, onion and the chopped stems of the coriander (save the leaves for later) to the pan and soften for around 10 minutes – but do not let them colour.
Add the spices (except the leaves and cinnamon) and stir and fry until you can smell the spices – if you are using chopped chilli add it now . Add the tomatoes, puree, tamarind, salt, whole chilli, bay leaves and curry leaves to the pan. Using the tomato tin add 2 tins of water to the contents of the pan, pop the meatballs back into the casserole.
Pre heat your oven to 140c fan/160c non fan. Once the casserole in simmering put it into the oven and leave it there for around 2 hours. Taste for seasoning, scatter with chopped coriander and serve either with rice or I sometimes do it with pasta.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s