Spiced Lamb Meatballs in a Fragrant Tomato Sauce

Spiced Lamb Meatballs in a Fragrant Tomato Sauce

Course: Mains
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 4 people
Author: Anna Bloomfield
Paleo, low FODMAP and keto. These lightly spiced, flavourful meatballs in a rich, fragrant sauce make a fantastic, quick, home-made dinner.
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Ingredients

For the sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 thumb sized piece ginger (finely grated)
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 x400g tin tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour

For the meatballs

  • 400 g lamb mince (I use 10% fat)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon ground fennel seeds
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed*)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

To serve

  • Naan (rice or cauliflower rice and mango chutney (optional)**)

Instructions

For the sauce

  • Heat the cooking oil in a large non-stick pan. Add the garlic, ginger and spices and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the tinned tomatoes, ⅓ of a can of water, the sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Simmer, lid on, over a low heat, stirring occasionally.

For the meatballs

  • Place all the meatball ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Roll the meatball mixture into 16-24 meatballs (depending on your preference).
  • Place the meatballs into the gently simmering sauce, cover and leave to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Stir the meatballs gently and leave to cook for a further 5-10 minutes depending on their size.

To serve

  • Check the meatballs are fully cooked.
  • Add the spinach and stir until wilted.
  • Mix the corn flour with a tiny bit of cold water and pour into the sauce. Stir then leave to simmer for 30 seconds.
  • Stir again then serve.

Notes

*Use 1 tablespoon garlic oil if low FODMAP ** Go for rice if you are eating low FODMAP, cauliflower rice if paleo or keto, and skip the mango chutney.

Nutrition

Calories: 355kcal (18%) | Carbohydrates: 5g (2%) | Protein: 18g (36%) | Fat: 28g (43%) | Saturated Fat: 10g (50%) | Cholesterol: 113mg (38%) | Sodium: 513mg (21%) | Potassium: 258mg (7%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 1g (1%) | Vitamin A: 105IU (2%) | Vitamin C: 0.5mg (1%) | Calcium: 30mg (3%) | Iron: 2.3mg (13%)

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