Mangalorean Meat Ball Curry (With Coconut)

Contrary to what most non vegetarians choose to believe, it is said that vegetarians never run out of ideas to make new dishes. I totally agree with that. There are a thousand ways to prepare a particular dishes, the more you are exposed to other cuisines, the better it is for you to borrow some ideas and come up with something of your own. 

Non vegetarians are not left far behind either. We do have lot of ways to rotate a particular meat and pass it off as a new dish. Meatballs are one of them. You can make them with any kind of meat - chicken, mutton or beef and conjure up something delicious. 

In my kitchen, meatballs make their appearance when we want something 'different' - especially after we are bored of eating the same old meats cooked the same old way. Meatballs are also an interesting way to get fussy eaters eat without a fuss (or that's what I hope for most of the time). I have tried my hand at making Spaghetti & Meatballs earlier which was well received and this time I decided to go traditional and please the husband as well.

Being die hard Mangaloreans we love our Mangalorean style coconut curries - so I don't promise you anything new in terms of flavour. Just that it is a beautiful curry with coconut and spices made a tad more interesting with the presence of some meatballs (I used beef) swimming in it. Since I enjoy the whole process of making meatballs I can see myself trying out some more dishes in the future. So do come back for some more variety on this blog. For now, try this curry. Eat it with rice or chapathis and let me know how you liked it!

Mangalorean Meat Ball Curry
Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 20 mins | Serves 4

You Need:
For the masala
For the coconut milk:
1. Wash and drain the mince on a fine slotted colander (unless it is freshly made/home made you may need to wash it). Wash and pressure cook the potatoes (with skin) with a little salt, peel and cut into medium size cubes.
2. Extract thick and thin coconut milk from the 1-1/4 cups coconut and keep aside.
3. Heat a tawa/skillet and dry roast the grated coconut, onion, red chillies, coriander & cumin seeds, garlic and peppercorns one by one. Grind all these together with the tamarind to a fine paste using a little water or thin coconut milk.
4. Transfer the minced meat into a large flat bowl, add the finely chopped onion, about 2 tbsp ground masala, salt to taste and mix well. Make lime sized balls out of this mixture and keep aside.
5. Heat ghee/oil in a large pan and fry the sliced onion till golden brown. Add the ground masala and fry on a slow flame till the ghee separates from it. Add the reserved masala water, thin coconut milk, salt to taste and bring it to a boil.
6. Add the minced meal balls and simmer for about 15 minutes (if the meat is tender) or longer till the meat balls are cooked. Add the cooked potatoes, thick coconut milk and give it one boil and turn off the flame.
7. Serve hot with rice or chapathis.

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