Turkey meatballs with a taste of India

Do you collect points at your local supermarket? I do, and sometimes I even buy things based on the special point offers – so the other day I ended up with a lot of minced turkey. I really don’t want to think about that it was probably all the leftover Turkeys from Christmas that were now only suited to be sold as minced meat.

Anyway, so there I was … looking for inspiration in my cupboards on what to do with all of the mince and decided on meatballs. I wanted something more than just plain traditional meatballs and came across a box of garam malasa and decided to mix the two. And the cashews nuts give the meatballs a really nice texture.

You can see my traditional meatball recipe here: Danish meatballs


800g minced turkey
1 small onion
2 medium eggs
0.5tsp cayenne pepper
1.-1.5tsp ground cumin
4tbsp chopped cashew nuts
2tsps garam malasa powder
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil for frying

Makes 8 large meatballs

How to

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4

Finely chop or even puree the onions in a blender (I use a stick blender). Mix with the minced turkey and the eggs in a large bowl. Leave to rest for around 15 minutes while you chop the cashew nuts. Pour the nuts into the bowl together with the spices.

You can try to cook a little bit of the mix in a frying pan with some olive oil to taste if it needs more spices, salt and pepper.

Shape the meat into 8 large oval balls and brown on the frying before transferring them to an ovenproof tray and then bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. Cut one open before serving to check that they are done.

You can also finish them in the pan just remember to turn them over regularly.

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