This is my Mom’s Meatball Curry recipe from one of her many many recipe books. Spiced meatballs are simmered in a special blend of ground spices like red Kashmiri Chillies, Cumin, Coriander, Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, with Ginger, Garlic & Vinegar and finished off with some creamy Coconut milk. Whenever I miss my Mom, which is pretty much always, I find comfort in being surrounded by her things. She penned many many recipe books and I love pouring through them to find a new recipe to try.
This recipe is very special, the balance of spices are amazing and I love that it yields a lot gravy that can be poured over rice.
Like I do with any recipe, this is Kravings tested. This means I’ve made sure the recipe can be replicated in the most efficient way by streamlining the process and removing redundancies – the results are delicious, I’m sure my Mommy in heaven would agree!
Meat and Mushrooms are a marriage made in heaven. For decades they’ve enhanced each other in many many recipes. Not only do they compliment each other in flavour but they also really are really economical to use together in the technique called Blend and Extend. Blend and Extend is the technique of mixing ground meat together with finely chopped Mushrooms. This is used in many recipes to extend the flavour but also make your end product more economical. You are also ensured getting your protein and veggies all in one bite!
You can use any ground meat in this recipe, lamb, Chicken or Pork but I chose to use some delicious Ontario Beef. The Meat & Mushroom melts are crispy on the outside and ooey and gooey on the inside, studded with a ground beef, mushroom and fresh parsley filling. This recipe is modelled after the famous Dutch snack Bitterballen which uses just beef in its recipe. This recipe is easy to make, and although it does have a few steps you will be rewarded with a large back of these crispy gooey balls to serve at a party or game night. They are also the perfect appetizer to prep ahead and just flash fry at the last minute.
In this recipe, I’m using beautiful brown Cremini mushrooms. If you have the time, you can dice these by hand, but I prefer to throw them into the food processor. This is cooked in a sauté pan with the beef and flavoured with some spices. It will then be folded into a luscious Bechamel and set overnight in the fridge.
Once it’s nice and firm, it will be scooped out and rolled in breadcrumbs, cooled, dipped in egg and rolled in breadcrumbs again before flash frying it in hot oil. Anything done twice is better and these melts are crispy on the outside and oozy and gooey on the inside. The texture and taste make for a wonderful surprise! See recipe below and follow the video for more detailed instructions.
Most Canadians love their double double … most Indians too …2 is always better than one and when my friend told me about a dish that was prepared with both mutton chunks and ground mutton, I was all over it! I have no idea where the name come from, I tried to research it and didn’t find anything that made sense. If I do find it, I will post an addendum, or if you find it, please let me know in the comments below. This curry is usually slow cooked and requires patience and TLC. If you have a pressure cooker, it can cut down the cooking time quite a bit.
Ra Ra Gosht – Chunks of meat and ground meat cooked together in a spicy curry
2. 2 lbs Mutton or lamb
1/4 pound ground mutton or lamb
2 red onions sliced
2 tsps coriander powder
Garam masala – Roast and grind 1 tsp each regular and black cumin(shahi jeera), 2 pieces mace(javitri), 2 black cardamoms and a stick of cinnamon. Can sub 3 tsps garam masala
2 tbsps ginger and garlic paste
3 tsps red chilli paste (recipe)
2 chopped tomatoes
6 – 8 cups of water
1 cup stirred yogurt
1 cup chopped coriander
Salt to taste
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
Oil for frying
Making sure the mutton is quite dry, heat some oil in a sauté pan and brown the meat on both sides. This can take about 5 – 7 mins.
In a separate frying pan fry 2 sliced red onions till a light golden brown.
Remove the onions and add to the meat and mix well.
Add the coriander and garam masala(previously roasted and ground).
Add the ginger and garlic paste and chili paste and mix really well.
Add the chopped tomatoes.
Add a cup of water, cover and cook for about a half hour. Squish the tomatoes down with the back of your spoon, add salt and more water and continue cooking for another hour, stirring at intervals and adding water when the gravy gets dry. If you have a pressure cooker, you could just cook it in the pressure cooker.
Once the meat is nice and tender, add the yogurt and coriander and more water if required.
Cover and cook for 15 mins, add the raw ground meat, salt as required, pepper and more water and cook till done for another 15 mins.