Monday, February 28, 2011


Hi world!! Been missing a couple of weeks….I know…it was a series of being unwell, then my little one being unwell, some personal engagements, some travelling and finally a wee bit of lazing around J!!

But, then here I am back, with a curry and some nice homemade meatballs…its Italia dipped in India….meatballs in a white, rich spicy curry. I’ll leave the talking and ranting for my next post when I have more time (so be prepared the next timeJ)….let’s just quickly get down to our dish and the making.
What we have here is a rich cream, stock and onion gravy flavored with cilantro, garam masala, rasins and cashew nuts. It’s best eaten with kerala style paalappam/rice crepes (check out the recipe by my dear blog buddy Shn@kitchenmishmash) But, it’s just as good with plain naan, paratha or pita bread!

The meatballs can be store bought also. There won’t be a compromise in tasteJ. This curry taste best served warm with some cilantro and garam masala garnish. Don’t serve it hot!
And read on for the VEGAN option J

Ingredients: (serves - 5)

For meatballs:
Minced chicken breast - 500grams
Fresh ginger garlic paste - 3 tablespoon
Garam masala powder - 1 tablespoon
Green chilli paste - 2 teaspoon (vary to taste)
Bread crumbs - ½ cup
Egg - 1
Pepper - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

For gravy:
Onion - 4 medium sized very finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
Green chillies - 2 finely chopped
Pepper - 1 teaspoon
Canola Oil- 1 tablespoon
Whole cinnamon stick - 1 piece
 Whole clove - 4
Chicken stock - 2 cups
Heavy cream - 1 cup
Cashew nuts - a handful
Raisins - a handful
Cilantro - 4 sprigs chopped
Garam masala - 2 teaspoons
A pinch of sugar
Salt to taste

1.      Soak cashew nuts and raisins for an hour in a bowl filled with just enough water.
2.      Mix ingredients for meatballs and make into balls.
3.      Freeze balls for 1/2hour till firm.
4.      Heat oil for frying in a pan.
5.      Fry meatballs till golden brown.
6.      Remove into towels to drain off excess oil.
7.      Heat 1 tbsp oil in a vessel, preferably non-stick one.
8.      Add cinnamon and cloves. Sauté for a min.
9.      Add finely chopped onions and a pinch of salt.
10.  Ones it sweats out add ginger garlic paste and green chilli.
11.  Let it cook till onion is almost trasparent. Don’t let the onions change colour or the curry will not be white!
12.  Add chicken stock and bring to boil.
13.  Simultaneously, wipe of excess oil and cut meatballs into halves.
14.  Add meatballs and pepper to curry. Let it simmer for a couple of mins on a low heat.
15.  Grind cashew and rasins into fine paste.
16.  Add paste to the curry and let it cook on a low heat for couple of mins.
17.  Last add cream, mix well and off the flames.
18.  Now add the garam masala and a pinch of sugar.
19.  Adjust gravy to sauce thickness using hot water and check salt.
20.  Garnish with chopped cilantro & a pinch of garam masala. Leave aside for 15mins.
21.  Serve warm with flat bread of your choice and enjoy J.

A Vegetarian/Vegan option:
We can substitute meat for cottage cheese/ potato, some carrot and capsicum. Make koftas/ balls.
Substitute chicken with vegetable stock.
Add thick coconut cream for vegan recipe.
All steps will remain same except don’t halve the koftas before putting them in curry.


  1. Interesting recipe, that sauce looks really really creamy and delicious. There are not many Italian/Indian fusion dishes.

  2. lovely! ground cashews are such a wonderful way to add thickness to indian dishes. i really should get to making that butter chicken ive been meaning to!

  3. Welcome back! I hope everyone is well. The meatalls and curry sauce look fabulous. I have never made a curry before, I will have to save this one so I can give it a try!

  4. Welcome back! This recipe's a great combo :)

  5. This sounds amazing. Love the combination of meatballs with curry. Will have to give it a try.

  6. Ah... sorry, hit the wrong button and my original comment went out without all my info.

  7. They look and sound so delicious :) I already want to try them :)

  8. Welcome back, and what a dish! This is a must try. My mouth is watering and it's only breakfast time!

  9. I'm glad you're all back & healthy! These look so wonderful - the white marsala. Going to try this one!

  10. Mmmmm, they look so tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  11. First, welcome back! Glad to see you well again! This dish is just so perfect, love how you made it and photos are stunning as always!

  12. Ooooh ! this looks good *slurp* .

  13. I LOVE Indian meatballs. Looks great.

  14. Ive never had anything like this but I really want to try it! Hopefully mine turns out as pretty and delicious looking as this one!

  15. These look really good...I can't wait to try them!

  16. Mmmmm...I'd really love to try this combination of cuisines! Gorgeous meatballs~

  17. Hope you are all feeling much better now. Good to have you back. Could hardly wait for your next post.
    Love these unique healthy meatballs, in a comforting creamy and yummy sauce with the spices that I love so much.
    Almost reminded me of Swedish meatballs, but so much tastier, and creamier!

  18. That looks hot: never tried meatballs with curry and it's about time I tried this glorious mix of cultures. So tempting!

  19. This is seriously good dish....fantastic:)

  20. Yum! What a cool combo! I've never thought of giving meatballs an Indian style spin. Sounds amazing!!

  21. Wow, I love the combo of flavors in this dish! It looks so tasty and savory!

  22. oh mj, this is version of stroganoff!! i will definitely make it some time. thank you!

  23. thanks guys for each and every comment!!! love it wen u guys like what i make =)
    @thoma: its the best with appam. i u r going to try, have appam for side.n lemme know =)

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  26. Delicious food and wonderfuly plated- eyes eat first and I'm drooling over the keyboard, yum! Have a great weekend :)

  27. What a beautiful sauce! Love the vegetarian version, delightful :)

  28. Oh I LOVE this!!! Way to think outside of the box :)


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