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Lamb Meatballs with Coconut Curry

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Lamb Meatballs with Coconut Curry


Lamb Meatballs with Coconut Curry is an easy, delicious dinner! Lamb Meatballs have an Indian spice called Ras el Hanout that is bursting with flavor!

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Full disclosure, Lamb is not my favorite. I can tolerate it, but for the money, it’s just not my favorite! I think this recipe will be great with Poultry, Chicken or Turkey. (Let you know when I try it. Or let me know if you try it!) My family absolutely loves it so sometimes you have to make the sacrifice to appease the gods!

All three of them love lamb! Luckily for them, we found a market in the city that has ground lamb for $5.99 per pound, a dollar more a pound than 90% beef. We’ve had lamb burgers a few times recently so I decided to try something different.

I am quite fond of coconut curries so I thought I’d try that. These lamb meatballs are fantastic! Subtle, smooth curry sauce added greatly to the dish. The contrast of savory, hot and sweet together is irresistible, as well.

How to Make Lamb Meatballs

parsley onion and garlic on boardPinFirst of all peel onion and garlic and mince parsley.
PicturePinNext, grate the garlic directly over the meat in bowl to capture all the juice.

Grating the onion and garlic is far superior to dicing because you don’t get large chunks in your finished meatballs

PicturePinSame for the onion.
PicturePinAdd parsley, dried bread crumbs and 1 egg to the meat, onion and garlic.


Mix by hand. Try not to overwork it or the meat will become crushed and tough. There should still be visual chunks of ground meat.


Scoop out portions of meat with a cookie scoop, if you have one. It will help to make the size of the meatballs more consistent and keep you from over-rolling the meatballs.


Place rolled meatballs on plate until they are all rolled.


Brown in a very hot skillet with a splash of olive oil. I consciously browned the meatballs in a pan this time because I wanted the flavor of the meat for the sauce. Certainly browning them in the pan greatly added to the flavor of the sauce BUT the lamb was overdone. The next time I make them I will brown the meatballs in the oven and reserve a bit of lamb to brown in the pan to add that flavor.

While the meatballs are browning, you have time to make the spice mix, Ras El Hanout, a North African spice mixture that I first saw on Jamie Oliver’s show. He made a Lamb Tagine with it and I have to say it is my favorite way to make Lamb. Try it!

PicturePinFirst toast the Coriander seed and Cumin Seed in a dry pan until slightly browned and fragrant. (I was out of cumin seed so used ground cumin and toasted it for just a minute)
PicturePinGrind the seeds in a spice mill or with a mortar and pestle. (If you don’t have these, just use ground spices.)


Mix the rest of the spices together in a bowl and set aside.


Keep turning the meatballs until brown on all sides. (Again, I’m going to bake next time!)

What is a Safe Temperature to Cook Lamb Meatballs to?

Ground lamb should be cooked to 160°F for medium, 165°F for well done.


Remove meatballs to a clean plate.

What Sauce Goes With Lamb Meatballs>

This Coconut Curry Sauce is the perfect sauce to serve with these Lamb Meatballs! It has an North African flair with the Ras el Hanout that gives it a fantastic flavor!


Dice onion and slice mushrooms


Saute onions in a large pan. When they are golden brown, add sliced mushrooms.


Saute onions and mushrooms until mushrooms are soft and beginning to turn golden.


Add coconut milk, chick peas and Ras el hanout. Cook, stirring until slightly thickened.

What to Serve with Lamb Meatballs

This spicy, fruity couscous is a delicious accompaniment for these lamb meatballs and the coconut curry sauce. Rice is also a perfectly acceptable substitution! A naan bread would also be great to scoop up the curry sauce!


Cook couscous according to package directions.


When Couscous is done, add meatballs back to the pan, just to warm. Add spinach, stirring just until wilted. Serve immediately!


This is very delicious and I am definitely making it again!

UPDATE 12/19/2014:
I made these meatballs yesterday and didn’t have enough lamb left to feed the whole family so I used 1 pound of ground pork and 1/2 pound of ground lamb. We actually like them better, they were less done! I baked the meatballs instead of frying, like I suggested I would above, the sauce really didn’t suffer too much from not having the pan drippings. I was also out of couscous so I substituted rice. It was just as tasty!

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Lamb Meatballs with Coconut Curry

A spicy Mediterranean twist for lamb!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 670kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $7


For Meatballs

  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Ground Lamb
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 2 Tbsp grated onion
  • 1 clove Grated Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1/4 c dried Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg , beaten

For Coconut Curry Sauce

  • 1/2 c finely Chopped Onion
  • 1 1/2 c sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 coconut milk
  • 1 c Beef Broth
  • 1 Tbsp Ras - el - Hanout
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 can Garbanzos
  • 1-2 c Baby Spinach

For Couscous

  • 1 1/4 c Couscous
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 c water
  • 1/4 c Raisins


For Meatballs

  • Place lamb in a medium bowl.
  • Chop Parsley and add to lamb.
  • Grate onion and garlic directly into the lamb bowl to retain all the juices.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with hands until well combined. Try not to overwork.
  • Using a cookie scoop, form the lamb mixture into approximately 1 1/2" balls.
  • Bring Olive Oil up to temperature in a large heavy bottom frying pan (Very hot but not yet smoking).
  • Brown meatballs in batches until golden. Brown quickly to avoid overcooking the lamb. Alternatively, Meatballs can be browned in the oven 10- 15 minutes depending on the size of the balls.
  • Remove from heat to a plate. Set aside.

For Coconut Curry Sauce

  • In the same pan you browned the meatballs in, saute' onions until soft.
  • Add garlic and saute' for another minute or two.
  • Add mushrooms and saute' until mushrooms are slightly brown around the edges and have given off their juices.
  • Add Beef broth, Coconut Milk, Salt and Ras-El-Hanout. and cook along for 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Whisk Corn Starch with 1/4 c. warm water. Add to Curry mixture and whisk.
  • Reduce heat and cook for another 3-4 minutes to eliminate the corn starch flavor.
  • Add Garbanzos, heat through for another couple minutes.
  • Add Spinach and Meatballs turning over the mixture until Spinach has wilted and Meatballs are heated through.
  • Remove from heat. Serve immediately over Couscous.

For Couscous

  • Bring Water to boiling. Add remaining ingredients and bring back to boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 10-12 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed
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Ras el hanout is a middle eastern spice that can be found at specialty shops. Or make your own.
Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.
Reheat in microwave, until hot.
For longer storage, freeze up to 1 months.
Thaw in refrigerator. Reheat per above instructions.


Calories: 670kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 3591mg | Potassium: 925mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 9.5mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 5.5mg
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Originally Published 11/30/2014


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