Cloudy with a Chance of Curried Beef Meatballs
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25-30 mins
Brilliant high welfare beef, spices from Mumbai (via Devon) and our super chopped toms. Lovely to make, lovelier to eat.
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Ingredients you'll need
  • 1 pack of beef mince
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • A bag of white basmati rice
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • A punnet of baby leaf spinach
  • 1 sachet of The Colonel's Mild Spice Mix
  • A sachet of curry leaves
From your kitchen
  • A splash of olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly gorund pepper
  • 350ml hot water
You'll need
  • Cling film
  • Frying pan
  • Pan with a lid
  • Measuring jug
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Pop the mince in a bowl. Add 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp of the spice mix and a pinch of salt. Mix well and knead with your hands to combine the mixture.

  • 2.

    Divide the mixture into around 18 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Pop on a plate. Cover with cling film. Bung in the fridge to chill for 5-10 mins. Peel and roughly chop the onion.

  • 3.

    Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan. Pop in the meatballs. Fry over a high heat for about 6 mins. Shake the pan every now and then till the meatballs are browned on all sides.

  • 4.

    Fill and boil the kettle. Tip the rice into a medium pan with a pinch of salt. Add 250ml boiling water from the kettle to the rice. Cover and cook over a low heat for 6 mins. Take off the heat. Leave to steam, lid on, for 2-4 mins.

  • 5.

    Lift the meatballs out of the pan. Pop them on a plate. Add the onion to the pan. Season. Fry for 5 mins till they’re soft. Add half the sachet of spice mix, the curry leaves and 2 tsp turmeric. Stir and fry for 1 min.

  • 6.

    Add the tomatoes to the pan with 100ml water. Season and stir well. Pop the meatballs back in the pan. Bring to the boil. Simmer over a medium heat for 10 mins.

  • 7.

    Rinse the spinach leaves. Add them to the meatballs. Simmer for 2 more mins. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve with the basmati rice.

  • Tip

    Smashing and spicey Mix the rest of the spice mix with mayonnaise or yogurt for an instant dip to go with crisps, chips or veggie sticks.