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Asian Garlic & Lime Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce

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Asian Garlic and Lime Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce

These flavourful meatballs, featuring our Sparks Asian Garlic and Lime Chutney, make a satisfying main course but could also be served in smaller portions as an appetiser or party nibble. This is also a great make ahead recipe as it freezes well. So why not make a double batch for a speedy supper on a busy weeknight.
Buy Sparks Asian Garlic & Lime Chutney Here
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Party Nibbles, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4


Ingredients (serves 4)

    For the Meatballs

    • 500 g Minced beef
    • 3 tbsp breadcrumbs
    • ½ Onion finely diced
    • ¼ tsp Salt
    • tsp Black pepper
    • 2 tbsp Sparks Asian Garlic and Lime Chutney

    For the Tomato Sauce

    • ½ Onion finely diced
    • 1 tbsp Sunflower oil or other flavourless cooking oil
    • 600 g Tinned tomatoes chopped
    • 3/8 tsp Salt
    • 1/8 tsp Black pepper
    • ½ tsp Garlic paste
    • ½ tsp Ginger paste
    • tsp Chilli powder
    • ½ tsp Ground cumin
    • ½ tsp Ground coriander
    • ½ tsp Garam masala
    • 10 g Fresh coriander


    Prepare the meatballs:

    • Put the beef onto a large chopping board and scatter the remaining ingredients over the top.
    • Use your hands to knead the ingredients into each other for 1-2 minutes.
    • When everything is well distributed, divided the mixture into 16-20 portions and roll each one into a ball in the palms of your hands.
    • Place on a lined roasting sheet and bake at 200C/ 400F/ GM 6 for 15 minutes

    Prepare the Sauce:

    • Fry the onion in the oil for 2-3 minutes until beginning to soften.
    • Add the garlic and ginger pastes, stir, then scatter in the spices and seasoning. Cook for 1 minute.
    • Add the tomatoes, stir well then let cook for 15 minutes.
    • Scatter the coriander in then use a stick blender to break down the sauce until smooth.
    • Transfer the meatballs from the oven to the sauce and let everything cook for a further 10-15 minutes.

    Serving Suggestions

    • Serve immediately with some basmati rice or naan bread for scooping up that tasty sauce. A few coriander leaves on top makes the ideal garnish.


    Expert Tips
    • Leave the sauce chunky if preferred.
    • Once cooked this dish can be cooled and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. When required, simply reheat until piping hot and serve.
    • These meatballs can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Let defrost thoroughly before reheating.
    • Try serving the meatballs in small bowls as a party nibble.
    Gunpowder Hot Garlic Pickle or Dreams Garlic and Onion Chutney could be used in place of the Sparks Chutney.
    Buy Sparks Asian Garlic & Lime Chutney Here
    Keyword Garlic & Lime, Meatballs, Spiced Tomato Sauce

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