The humble meatball is a versatile dish and has its variety worldwide. Some say it came from Persia, but since it is found in almost all cuisines, its origin is debatable. Basic spices and aromatics remain the same everywhere, a few ingredients vary though, depending on the local produce and geography. It can be made from any type of meat but, I have used chicken mince in this recipe. You can use mutton or lamb instead but the cooking time has to be increased depending on the meat. This is my favourite recipe and this evolved over years under my experimentation, failure and success. Its simplicity and taste and its ability to satiate from one person to a crowd makes this recipe very close to my heart. Earlier I used to coat the meatballs in egg and then in bread crumbs and then fry them. You can try it that way but, the healthier version is dearer to me.
Makes 20 balls
- 400gms of minced chicken
- 100 gms of grated carrots
- 50 gms of oats
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of finely chopped coriander leaves
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 2 fat cloves of garlic grated
- 1 tbsp of grated ginger
- 1 fresh green chilli finely chopped
- 1tbsp of lemon juice
- 1tbsp oil to marinate meatballs and 2 tbsps to shallow fry
- 1/2 tsp of red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp of garam masala powder and salt to taste
- 2 star anise(chakra phool), 1 whole green cardamom, a small stick of cinnamon.
- Take the minced chicken in a bowl and add all the ingredients to it.
- Mix everything well and keep it aside for at least half an hour.
- Put oil in a wide frying pan and once hot, add 2 star anise, 1 green cardamom and a small stick of cinnamon. Then, add the meatballs one by one, to make a full circle.
- Cover and cook on medium heat for 3 mins or until it’s cooked on one side.
- Flip them, cover and cook for 2 minutes or until the balls acquire a brownish colour.
- Take out the meatballs in a dish and do not forget to drizzle the remaining oil on top. The flavours in the oil are droolworthy.
Other options would be:
1. You can add a teaspoon of honey, chilli flakes and a dash of lime in the pan and coat the meatballs in the sauce before taking it out.
2.Make a nice gravy and simmer the meatballs in it and serve it with hot rice or naan.
3.Make a bun sandwich with meatball and coleslaw stuffing.
4.Make small bite sized balls to serve with drinks.
Have however you want to and I promise, you will not be disappointed.