Feb 15, 2013

Lamb Meatballs

Lamb MeatballsGround lamb really works perfectly with the Middle Eastern spices in this easy recipe. These lamb meatballs are delicious served over rice, pasta, noodles or enjoyed with paranthas or rumali roti! Meatballs are mostly like koftas and can be made a lot of variety of veggies and meat used. You can even make these Chinese style by changing only the gravy.

Makes 24 Small Lamb Meatballs
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
For the lamb meatballs:
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup milk
500 gms ground lamb
1 egg, beaten
2 cloves garlic, mashed
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp black pepper
½ tsp red chili powder
1 ½ tsp salt, or to taste
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
For the sauce:
2 tsp chopped fresh mint
Red chili flakes to taste
1 cup lamb stock/chicken stock/veg stock
3 cups prepared tomato sauce (4 cups tomato puree simmered for 15 mins with 2-3 garlic cloves, ½ chopped onion, salt, pepper and ½ cup water)

  • Mix together the breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl, and let sit for 20 minutes. 
  • Add the rest of the lamb meatball ingredients to it and combine with your hands until just combined like soft dough.
  • To test the seasoning, cook a small piece of the lamb mixture to check for salt and pepper.
  • With damp hands, form into 24 small meatballs, and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  • Bake in a preheated 450 degrees F. oven for 15 minutes to brown. Alternatively, you can also fry these till brown.
  • Transfer into a large saucepan, and add the sauce ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hour.
  • Stir occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Serve hot.

The oregano and rosemary gives these the real Italian, middle eastern taste. If you want it true Indian style, do not add the oregano and add 1 tsp garam masala.


  1. Lamb balls looks so yummy.....

  2. wow this is awesome....my first time here...happy to follow you....you have a lovely space with beautiful recipes....

    Hope to see u at my space too:

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