Rustic Chicken Meatballs

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I spent the better part of the last week staying over in at my parents’ as my husband was away on a work trip to Goa without me 😦 Goa is on the West Coast of India, by the way… Beautiful beaches, the river, palm trees, churches, temples, the seafood (mmhmmnmm!!)

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Anyway, on the flip side I got to relive my single days again 😀 Gossip sessions with old friends over lunch, Maggi Cup Noodles, hot chocolate & drinks, a dinner date with my dad, marathon daytime soap sessions with my mom!

And the highlight… an awesome day-long bread-making workshop with Reshmy Kurian of Bombay Chow-party.

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A group of 7 of us learnt how to bake Pain Ordinaire, Irish Soda Bread & Monkey Bread. Reshmy organized a large spread of accompaniments, including cheeses, cold cuts, and preserves, to go with our bread. So we baked, ate, drank wine & got to know some very interesting people!

Well the husband returned (& I secretly missed him…) So I’m back home & it felt good to be back, so what better way to show it by cooking for everyone!

Once again, no groceries done, so had to go with “Whatever’s in the Fridge”. I found chicken meatballs, a couple of chicken sausages, some cheese, frozen home-made focaccia, spaghetti, loads of  eggs, tomatoes, coriander, onions, garlic, carrots, bell peppers, apart from the usual spices you find in an Indian kitchen.

So I made Rustic Chicken Meatballs to go with Spaghetti & a loaf of home-made Garlic & Cheese Bread (Yes… I almost always have the essentials for bread stocked up!)

Why “Rustic”? Well, I went with the rough & ready way of chopping & prepping & then went ahead & used very Indian flavours!! The end result… A winner with the family, paired with a glass of Red Wine!

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

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  • 350 gm Chicken Meatballs (ready-made)
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs (I used my left-over focaccia)
  • 4 tablespoons Cheese
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • 3 tablespoons Coriander
  • Salt, Pepper, Ginger-Garlic Paste (to taste)

 

For the Sauce

  • 2-3 Chicken Meatballs (chopped finely)
  • 1 Cheese ‘n’ Onion Chicken Sausage (chopped finely)
  • 2 Onions (chopped)
  • 1 small Carrot (diced)
  • 1 Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 5-6 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • 3 Roasted Tomatoes (Recipe courtesy Reshmy Kurian of Bombay Chow-party.) 
  • 5 Tomatoes (pureed)
  • ½ cup Coriander & Mint leaves (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon each Jeera (Cumin Seeds) Ajwain (Caraway/Carom Seeds) & Saunf (Fennel Seeds /Aniseed)
  • A pinch of Turmeric
  • Salt & Red Chilli Powder to taste
  • Olive Oil

Method

Meatballs

  1. Add salt, pepper & ginger garlic paste to the egg & beat well.
  2. Mix cheese, bread crumbs & coriander in a flat plate.
  3. Dip each meatball in the egg mixture & roll it around in the bread crumb mixture.
  4. Set the crumb coated meatballs in a baking tray & bake for about 35-40 minutes at 180 C.

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Sauce

  1. Heat oil in a wok & toss in the jeera, ajwain & saunf.
  2. When the spices start to crackle, add in the onions & garlic. Cook until they are soft & pink.
  3. Stir in the chopped sausage & meatballs & cook for about 5 minutes on a high flame.
  4. Lower the flame & add in the carrots & bell peppers
  5. Roughly dice the roasted tomatoes & toss into the wok.
  6. Add the pureed tomatoes & season with salt, pepper, turmeric & red chilli powder.
  7. Add 3/4 of the coriander & mint & let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Gently stir in the meatballs & allow them to cook in the sauce & absorb the flavours for 15 minutes.
  9. Garnish with the rest of the coriander & mint & serve hot with Spaghetti & fresh bread.

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This recipe serves 4-6 people

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