Curry Meatballs over Cauliflower Rice

Have I mentioned how much I love curry?  Curry powder…curry paste…curry everything. The term curry is used to describe dishes specifically or as a spice blend.  It is a seasoning that some people like to skip out on because it’s got a pretty bold smell and flavor, but I think it’s fantastic!  The meal I made yesterday for Jason and I had curry all over the place.  Yes!  Not only do I love curry, but I adore meatballs.  I make meatballs frequently, just because they’re so versatile.  You can literally throw a pound of ground meat in a bowl, add a bunch of whatever to it, roll ’em up and boom, you’re good.  They’re super fast, so fun to experiment with, and what’s nice is that they’re more than just a slab of meat.  They’ll work on the side of a salad, throw ’em on top of some spaghetti squash, spoon them with sauce over rice, the sky is the limit with these little gems.

These meatballs come with an awesome sauce primarily made from coconut milk.  Both the meatballs and the sauce use a good deal of curry and the other main player involved is garam masala.  This pungent spice is actually a blend of flavors that are well known in North Indian and South Asian cuisines.  You can find garam masala at most grocery stores, but if you cannot find it you can always make your own.  There are a ton of versions online, but typically garam masala includes varying amounts of the following:  coriander, cumin, peppercorns, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise.

Ingredients for Curry Meatballs

  • 1 lb grass-fed beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2/3 c. almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • coconut oil for frying ~ 2 tbsp.

Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and dig in!

incorporate all ingredients together with your hands!

Use your hands incorporate everything and roll into small meatballs.  I got 22 meatballs out of mine.  I usually score the meat in half, then half again, and then half again.  This helps keep all the meatballs around the same size.  While you’re forming your meatballs, get your coconut oil heated on medium-high in a large skillet.  Add meatballs to skillet and brown on all sides, about 3 minutes a side.

Time for you to prepare your sauce!

Ingredients for Sauce

  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 can coconut milk, full-fat
  • 1 c. beef broth (use your own if you can)
  • 5 tsp. curry powder
  • 3 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. ginger

Process

  1. While meatballs are still browning — toss your onions in.  You want them to brown along with the meatballs.
  2. Add all other sauce ingredients in a large mixing bowl, this will help get the spices moving around instead of trying to mix everything with your delicate meatballs in the pan.
  3. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and cover.  Let cook for about 5-8 minutes or until sauce thickens and the meatballs are cooked through.

You can eat this dish with some veggies, in a big bowl all by themselves, or spooned over some cauliflower rice  like we did!  So good.

Finished Curry Meatballs over Cauliflower Rice

 

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