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Tikka Meatballs

Spice up your weeknight meals with Indian-inspired meatballs infused with curry, cilantro and ginger.

 1 lb (500 g) lean Ontario ground beef (or a mixture of half beef/half veal)
 ½ cup panko crumbs
 1 egg, lightly beaten
 1 clove garlic, minced
 1 tbsp (15 mL) minced fresh gingerroot
 2 tbsp (25 mL) curry paste, divided
 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon zest
 ¼ cup (50 mL) minced cilantro
 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
 1 cup (250 mL) plain yogurt
 12 cups cup (125 mL) beef broth

In large bowl, combine beef, panko, egg, garlic, ginger, half of the curry paste, lemon zest and cilantro. Gently mix with your hands just to combine (do not overmix.) Divide mixture into 12 equal parts, shape into balls.


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook meatballs, turning occasionally, until browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Whisk in yogurt, remaining curry paste and beef broth, scraping any bits from the bottom of the pan, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook until meatballs are cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes.


Top with additional chopped cilantro and serve over cooked basmati rice.

Cook's Notes:

Makes 4 servings

Make a delicious sandwich by wrapping a meatball in naan bread or serving on a bun.