Indian Meatballs in Spicy Curry with Coconut Milk

This recipe is inspired by the Indian gastronomy and cuisine. You had tasted this dish at our 3rd Themed Day: Indian Cuisine.

Ingredients you will need for the meatballs:

  • Oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large onion – finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup panko
  • ½ cup beef broth – divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ¼ to 1 ½ pounds ground beef – lamb, chicken or turkey

For the sauce:

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ cups beef broth
  • 1 can (15-ounce) petite diced tomatoes – undrained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste
  • Basmati rice – for serving
  • Cilantro springs for garnish
  • Lime wedges for garnish



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Heat coconut oil over medium-high heat in a large saute pan. Add onion and cook 8-10 minutes or until onion is softened. Transfer ⅓ of the onions to a large bowl. Leave remaining onions in the saute pan and set aside.
  3. While the onions that you placed in the bowl are still hot, add garlic, ginger, cumin and curry powder and stir. Cool to room temperature.
  4. To the cooled onions in the bowl, add cilantro, panko, ¼ cup beef broth, egg, salt, black pepper and mix well. Add beef (or protein you’re using) and mix well again.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop, form mixture into approximately 36 even meatballs. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Drizzle with remaining ¼ cup beef broth. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until center of meatballs registers 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.


  1. While meatballs are baking, heat onions that you left in saute pan back up over medium-high heat. Add garlic, ginger, curry powder and flour and cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in beef broth, tomatoes and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until thickened. Add coconut milk, cilantro and salt and black pepper to taste.
  2. When meatballs are finished, add to sauce, stir gently to coat. Serve over hot cooked basmati brown rice. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges.

The ingredients for this recipe are available in our store.

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