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Indian Meatballs with Cilantro Cream

January 10, 2010

Indian Meatballs with Cilantro Cream1 I made this for a party recently. It is essentially seekh kebabs and I have made them many times before.

Since I had to bring a hot appetizer, and I wanted to keep it simple- I decided to make these. They are quick and delicious.

The other reason for making these is that I can make them with ground turkey. It is healthy and with all that delicious flavor mixed in- you can’t go wrong.

I decided to shape them a bit differently- into round bite sized meatballs. Instead of cooking them on the stovetop, I decided to bake them in the oven. To get a good color, you can broil them first for  a few minutes and continue baking them if the insides are not cooked yet.

Typically seekh kebab are served with a cilantro and green chili chutney. So, I decided to use a version of that chutney and add it to some low fat sour cream. It is a great condiment to serve with a number of appetizers or even entrees. I usually have some green chutney made in my fridge so making this cilantro cream was a cinch.

Overall, it was a delicious snack. My daughter had a few before leaving home- she kept saying how delicious they were. Once we got the party, she parked herself next to the table and devoured quite a few more. I had to physically pull her away so other people could get a taste as well.

While I was making these, I thought I could form these meatballs and cook them in an Indian style tomato gravy.. hmm- very interesting idea. Stay tuned- I am sure a recipe will be posted soon- whenever I get a recipe idea in my mind- it consumes me till I have made it. Enjoy!

  • 1 pound ground dark turkey meat
  • 1 small white onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch ginger
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil

Preheat the oven to broil.
Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil

Makes about 15 meatballs.

Process the onion, garlic, ginger and cilantro in a food processor. Add the mixture to the ground meat in a medium bowl. Add the egg, salt, coriander powder and garam masala. Mix well with both hands and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Form 1 inch balls and place on the cookie sheet.
Broil on high till all sides are golden brown- about 5-6 minutes on both sides. Check to see if the inside is cooked. If it is not cooked fully, then bake on 375 degrees for a few more minutes.

Indian Meatballs with Cilantro Cream

Cilantro Cream

Mix all the ingredients well and keep aside. Serve with the meatballs.