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Chicken Meatballs Curry

21 Aug

Goan meatball curry is a very simple recipe. It is traditionally made using ground beef. I have used ground chicken instead as my husband does not do too well with beef. This recipe is not a common occurrences in Goa and you may not find it on restaurant menus. I have seen a few variation online but I am sharing my Tiazinha’s(aunty in portuguese) recipe. God Bless her soul. It’s been 17 years since she went to be with the Lord. She was a great cook, a violinist in the local orchestra, Linguist and sewed vestments for the local priest. She was very strict and was very involved in our upbringing as my parents were full-time working parents. So I dedicate this post to my loving Titi.

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Here is Titi’s pictures that I took from an old album when I went down to Goa this January for my dad’s funeral. I just wanted to carry the memories with me back to the US.

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For an American the most popular meatball recipe is the Italian Meatball Recipe where cheese, bread crumbs and tomatoes are the main ingredients. The goan version has a hint of spices, ginger, garlic, vinegar. If ground beef is used then skip the bread. 

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Jeerem-Meerem (cumin spice mix/masala in konkani) is an everyday spice mix for meats and fish in Goa. By adding fresh ginger, garlic and grinding it in vinegar makes a wet paste. Coconut vinegar plays a very important role in Goan cooking specially for meats and fish. You can make it dry and store it in an airtight container for couple of months in a cool dry place or the freezer. This recipe should yield about 2 tsp of mix which can be used with 2-2.5 lbs of meat.

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Jeerem-Meerem Recipe

Yields: 2 tsp of spice mix

Ingredients:

1 tsp of cumin powder

3/4 tsp of turmeric powder

1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp of red chilli powder

1/8 tsp of black pepper

1/8th tsp of cloves powder

Mix it together and store in a dry spice bottle

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Serving Size: 12 meatballs

Ingredients:

1 lbs of ground beef or chicken or turkey

1 medium onion chopped finely

4-6 garlic cloves grated

1″ grated ginger

1 slice bread

1 beaten egg

10 sprigs of fresh cilantro chopped

1.5 tsp of jeerem-meerem spice mix

1 tsp of vinegar

1/4 tsp of sugar

2 cups of water

1 tomato chopped finely

Salt to taste

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Directions:

In a bowl mix the ground meat/mince with 1/2 the chopped onion, ginger, garlic, bread, egg, cilantro, salt and spice mix. Make 12 balls.

(With ground chicken if you find it hard to shape the balls use a spoon to shape and drop them into gravy)

In a heated pot saute the remaining onion till soft. Next add the tomatoes and jeerem-meerem, vinegar, sugar and saute for 2-3 minutes till the raw smell of vinegar is gone. Add the water, season with salt and bring the gravy to a simmer. Add the meatballs and cook covered on medium heat for 25-30 minutes while checking and stirring occasionally.

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I made a variation by stuffing a few of my meatballs with couple pieces of my Goan Sausage Meat for an extra kick in flavor. Enjoy it with rice or with a side of vegetables.

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80 Responses to “Chicken Meatballs Curry”

  1. urbanmonique August 21, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Oh I am SO making this!

    • Nandini August 21, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

      That is awesome. Let me know who it goes when you do 🙂

  2. Lynz Real Cooking August 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    lovely food and pictures!

  3. Pascale LeBrasseur August 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    This sounds delicious and i believe I have everything to make it already. I will give it a try! Thank you for sharing!

    • Nandini August 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

      Thank You so much Pascale. That is really awesome. Do let me know when you do 🙂

  4. Johanne Lamarche August 21, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    These sound delicious Nandini, especially that I am on a newfound meatball-making roll! What else can you use the spice mix in? Your aunt sounded lovely.

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    • Nandini August 21, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

      Thank You so much Johanne. That is really awesome to know. You can use to make beef or chicken curry with potatoes. Apply the wet spice mix to fish as a marinade for frying or grilling.

  5. sweetpea2love August 21, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    This looks wonderful, and will be on my dinner table very soon… Thank you for posting such a delight and the family memories that go along with this meal.. Take care from, Laura

    • Nandini August 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

      Thank You Laura so much. I am excited to know that you will give this recipe a try. Please keep me posted. You have a great weekend 🙂

  6. youthfoodblog August 21, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    Wonderful fusion plate!

    • Nandini August 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  7. Jim August 21, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    this looks good!

    • Nandini August 21, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

      Thank You Jim, that is very kind of you to say. Have a great weekend 🙂

  8. Freda @ Aromatic essence August 21, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    Looks absolutely delicious Nandini ! Drool worthy pics 🙂

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 9:15 am #

      Thank You so much Freda. That is very kind of you to say. Your images are equally beautiful Have a great weekend 🙂

  9. Deanne Ouest August 21, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    Looks very tasty. Like that you used chicken as my daughter doesn’t eat red meat. Always looking for new recipes. The spice recipe was much appreciated. I was wondering where I was going to find the spice. Thanks. Really enjoy all the interesting bits about Goa.

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 9:18 am #

      Thank You so much Deanne. I am happy to know you will give it a try. Please keep me posted when you do. Have a great weekend 🙂

  10. Thanks again for another mouth watering post Nandini. This one is special. I am familiar with the ingredients.

    God bless

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 9:20 am #

      Thank You so much Noel. That is very kind of you to say. God Bless and have a great weekend 🙂

  11. valeriedavies August 21, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    Bookmarked and waiting to go – sounds and looks delicious… can’t wait to get some chicken mince!

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 9:22 am #

      Thank You so much Valerie for your kind words. Please give me your feedback when you make it. Have a great weekend 🙂

  12. STAN THE MAN August 22, 2015 at 2:33 am #

    Good day Nandini!

    What must I say today. That’s the question. Well GOAN MEATBALL CURRY would/could STIMULATE anybody’s APPETITE, even a BLIND MAN, would be able to SNIFF the GOODNESS of Your product. This dish looks EXTRAORDINARY. It is also nice to see Your TIA’S old photos with the rest of the family. I like them old photos. Especially the black and whites. They make people look very NATURAL. And makes Us all feel SENTIMENTAL. Looking at Your aunt playing the FIDDLE, reminds Me of My DAD. He played a MULTITUDE of instruments. He was a violinist,saxophonist and clarinettist all rolled in one. Now back to meatballs, My spouse normally buys SWEDISH MEAT BALLS from the supermarkets and makes a curry. They don’t TASTE very good. But now all that has got to stop. As NANDINI;S MAGIC has come to Our RESCUE. And Nandini Your photos make any dish look FANTABULOUS. I have already kindly requested My other half to prepare MEAT BALL CURRY for SUNDAY LUNCH/SUPER, We have got pretty much all the ingredients at home. And I better be on My BEST BEHAVIOUR. I really wait in ANTICIPATION for Your FAB RECIPES. And finally thanks for sharing Your expertise with Us. WHAT MORE COULD WE ASK FOR?

    Farewell and Goodluck

    Stan & Linda

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 9:42 am #

      Good Morning Mr Stan,
      Thank You as always for you kind words. And please be good so Mrs Stan makes them for you. I will be looking forward to your feedback on this recipe. I should says that the music gene is in all Goan’s blood. We studied at the Margao Music School and the buildings is still standing till date. My Titi was special to us all she sacrificed a lot for her family. When my grandparents died my mom and her sibling were very young. She took care of all of them, got them educated and settled but it came with a big sacrifice to her.She remained single and she talked about it in her older days. We lived with her as my mom wanted to take care of her because she was very grateful for everything she did. You and Mrs Stan take care and have a great weekend 🙂

    • STAN THE MAN August 22, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Nandini!

      Thinking about your TIA’S photos makes Me a bit Sad, after reading Your reply. You mentioned that Your GRANDPARENTS died and that Your Tia looked after Her SIBLINGS. And in the process remained a spinster. And if that is not LOVE/DEDICATION, I don;t know what is. But atleast You remember Her in Your Blog and that’s a consolation. My grandfather died in Dar Salem,Tanzania Africa. My grandmother was only sixteen at that time. And Me mum was only 1yr old. My gran had to bring Her up on Her own. My mum would always say to Us I never saw My dad. My grandmother was asked to get married again but She refused, saying You get married only once. But Your TIA must be very proud of You. And that is a great feeling, Take care,

      Bye for now

      Stan

  13. Serena @ foodfulife August 22, 2015 at 2:49 am #

    Always wonderful posts, Nandini! It’s always a pleasure to visit your blog, Thank you for sharing your gorgeous recipes!! X

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 9:44 am #

      Thank You so much Serena. You are always so kind to say. It’s so good to have you back. Hope all is well with you my friend. Take care and have a great weekend 🙂

  14. vanbytheriver August 22, 2015 at 4:27 am #

    Thanks so much for the spice mix …what a great combination. I have to try this one. ☺ Van

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 9:48 am #

      Thank You so much Van. I am excited to know you will give this a try. Please give me your feed back when you do. Have a great weekend 🙂

  15. kstorm93 August 22, 2015 at 5:30 am #

    This looks so good! Love the pics too.

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  16. Loretta August 22, 2015 at 5:42 am #

    Ahhh, I can smell the aroma of these meatballs all the way here Nandini :)I didn’t realize jeera-meera was spelt like that – ha ha it shows how much I know. Now did you also add the sausage meat in the mix? It didn’t show up in the ingredients. That would be a nice addition too. Funny, I just made chicken ball curry (called ball curry in our house) as my hubby is Anglo-Indian just last week. Now his Aunt made the best “ball curry”, and was a great cook. So when she passed, we made up a book dedicated to all her recipes and gave each relative a copy. So just last week I made her ball curry, and have asked my husband to do a guest post for me on the Anglo-Indian diaspora and I was going to feature the book and the ball curry. You beat me to it :). Great post~

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Oh so sorry Lorreta, I did not mean to beat you to it 🙂 I will be looking forward to seeing that recipe. Family recipes are so precious and as I do this blog it makes me realize that I need to save them for my kids even though both are boys. To pass my food culture to them. The good part so far is that they enjoy helping me cook and like goan food. When I was doing my searches online I did see the Jeera-meera in search as well. But jeerem would be more like it in konkani . I stuffed a few of my meatballs with couple pieces of sausage meat for variations. And Thank You so much as always. Have a great weekend 🙂

  17. Loretta August 22, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    Ahh forgot to mention the lovely pictures of your Tia. I’m sure she’d have been mighty proud of your blog.

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 10:34 am #

      Thank You Loretta. I hope so too 🙂

  18. runrodrun August 22, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    This looks absolutely delicious!

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 10:35 am #

      Thank You Ron so much. Have a great weekend 🙂

  19. fromthefamilytable August 22, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    Beautiful images. Beautiful remembrance.

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

      Thank you Darryl. Have a great week.

  20. Byron Crawford August 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    GREETINGS!!!WHAT BRANDS OF GOAN SPICES AND PICKLES THAT ORIGINATE FROM GOA DO YOU CARRY? BEST REGARDS,B.C..

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

      Hi Byron, I carry Goana Foods and Karma’s for now. Hope this helps.

  21. Once Upon a Spice August 22, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Beautiful! Now I’m hungry!

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Thank You! that is very kind of you to say 🙂

  22. Colin Noel-Johnson August 22, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

    Looks really good and sounds easy to make. I’m making a list of recipes to try this fall and this one will be at the top.

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

      Thank You colin. That is so good to know. Will look forward to your feedback 🙂

  23. ledrakenoir August 22, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    Looks and sounds so tempting and delicious – I have to try it… 🙂

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  24. lynne hoareau August 22, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    Hello Nandini, another amazing recipe from you, which I definitely will be trying. Family traditional recipes are the best ! This really does sound so tasty. Have a lovely day. 🙂

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

      Thank You Lynne so much for your kind words. You have a great week 🙂

      • lynne hoareau August 30, 2015 at 10:17 am #

        Thank you Nandini…just to let you know I made your chicken meatballs this weekend, and they were absolutely amazing, enjoyed by all. Thanks again, for great recipes 🙂

        • Nandini September 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

          I am so happy to hear that Lynne. And thank you so much for taking the time to keep me updated 🙂 Take care

  25. stateeats August 23, 2015 at 6:30 am #

    Can’t wait to try these and love the spice mix. I’ll be making this soon, my son will go nuts for them! – Kat

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

      Thank You so much Kat. I am so happy to know that. Will look forward to your feedback.

      • stateeats September 4, 2015 at 6:22 am #

        Hi Nandini – made these last night and they were a big hit. Everyone in my family loved them! – Kat

        • Nandini September 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

          That is so awesome Kat. It truly makes me happy to know you all enjoyed it. Thank You so much for keeping me posted. Have a great Long Weekend 🙂

  26. thehealthyfoodblogger August 23, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    Nandini, those meatballs look so yummy! Anyways, I want to nominate you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Please check out my post, http://wp.me/p4Rb3P-188. Have a great day!

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

      Rena Thank you so much for thinking about me and for the nomination. That was very sweet and kind of you 🙂

  27. Rose @ Nish Kitchen August 23, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    Meatballs look delicious! Can’t wait to give them a try !

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

      That is so awesome to know. Thank You Much 🙂

  28. Debbie Spivey August 24, 2015 at 4:39 am #

    Nandini, I’ve got to try this. It looks wonderful! I know your Tiazinha’s is looking down on you and so proud. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

      Thank You Debbie so much for your very kind words. Have a great week 🙂

  29. laflor5233 August 24, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    Looks good and is a very nice tribute to a loved one.

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  30. Shari August 24, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    These meatballs look very flavorful! I would love to try them. Curry is one of my favorite flavors. Beautiful pictures, too! I enjoyed reading the story about your aunt. She sounds like a wonderful person.

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

      Thank You Shari so much. She was a very outgoing and helpful person. Looking back I feel very blessed to have had her in my life. You take care and have a great week 🙂

  31. rasha411 August 29, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    This looks *so* delicious Nandini! All of your recipes are also photographed so beautifully!

    • Nandini September 1, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      Thank You Rasha that is very kind of you to say 🙂

  32. gnovember September 10, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    YUM!!!

  33. teagan geneviene September 18, 2015 at 11:52 pm #

    This sounds delicious. You did a fantastic job with all the photos — so well composed. Hugs!

    • Nandini September 19, 2015 at 8:08 am #

      Thank You Much Teagan for your very kind words. You too Take care and Hugs!

  34. Harry...the Man! October 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Curry – nothing much better to eat.

    This recipe is clearly linked to some fondly held memories that mean more than the taste itself.

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