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Pork Meatballs in Curry Sauce

Pork Meatballs
Pork Meatballs in a Curry Sauce

I doubt that pork meatballs is a particularly authentic Indian food, but I make no apologies - it is delicious. It is the type of dish you might find in Kerala or Goa where there are a larger number of Christians, who will eat pork. Muslims eat meat but will not eat pork and a majority of Hindus are vergetarian to some degree and those who do eat meat don't eat beef and rarely eat pork.

The sauce is probably more typical of Northern India, using cream and tomatoes. You can be quite experimental with the spices if you wish as well as the other ingredients. I had thought of using yoghurt instead of cream but I thought it might be a bit sour. You can use passata (strained tomatoes) instead of whole ones if you wish.

Basic Ingredients

For the Meatballs

1lb (450gm) Pork mince
1 apple
1 egg
Ground black pepper
Oil for frying

For the Sauce

1 Medium onion
2-3 Cloves of garlic
1inch(2.5cm) root ginger
Tin of plum tomatoes
Oil for frying

1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
teaspoon fenugreek seeds
3-4 cloves
teaspoon mustard seeds
2-4 curry leaves (optional)
Dried chillies

Notes on Ingredients

Tomatoes. Tinned tomatoes are much easier when making a sauce, you can use fresh Roma tomatoes but they will need to be peeled and will need to cook for a little longer.

Cream. Use single or double cream or even milk. Quantity is your choice depending on how creamy you like it and how much you believe that cholesterol is bad for your arteries. I like about ¼ pint single cream in this

Chillies. Dried chillies are best for this or you can use chilli powder. Quantity to taste.

Spices. You can experiment here - I have given a fairly simple set of spices - you can choose others of add to these to give a more complex taste.

Oil. I use ghee for this but almost any cooking oil will do.

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Basic Method

Grate or finely chop the apple.
Mix thoroughly with the pork mince together with a few twists of ground black pepper.
Lightly beat an egg and mix this into the pork
Grab small handfuls of the mixture and roll into balls.
Cover with a clean teatowel while you prepare the other ingredients.

Put all the spices except the curry leaves into a dry frying pan and roast for a couple of minutes.
Grind these spices to a fine powder
Peel and finely chop the onion, garlic and ginger
Peel and chop the tomatoes if using fresh ones (or just open the tin)

Heat some oil in a large frying pan.
Fry the meatballs, sealing the meat on all sides with a high heat.
Reduce the heat and continue to fry for about 10 minutes
Meanwhile heat more oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan
Fry the onions, garlic and ginger quite gently for a few minutes until the onions start to soften
Add the ground spices, stir in and fry for a few more minutes
Now add the tomatoes and then the cream
Simmer for a few minutes then crush in the curry leaves
Finally add the meatballs from the frying pan and gently stir in
Simmer for about 20 minutes adding a little water if necessary.

Notes on Method

Meatballs. Obviously you can make the meatballs to a size of your liking. I like them about golf ball size but you can make them larger or smaller. Larger ones may need to cook a little longer.

If you want the meatballs to have a little kick of their own then mix the dried chillis into the meat instead of the putting them with the other spices in the sauce.

Frying your pork meatballs may need to be done in batches. They should hold together quite well but if you overcrowd the pan then you may break them up trying to turn them,

Pork meatballs is a good dish to eat with aromatic rice and some chutney or pickle. The quantities here will feed 3 or 4 quite hungry adults as a main meal

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