Meatballs with Curried Lentils, Naan & Mint Cucumber Salad
  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Calories: 750
Baking meatballs has several advantages over frying them. It doesn't require oil, so has a lower fat content than if fried. Baked meatballs also take less time and effort; you don't have to watch them on the stove and turn them as they brown. We've combined these lamb and beef meatballs with a simple lentil curry and soft naan for a midweek treat. Enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 250 g of Beef Mince
  • 1 Stalk of Celery
  • 1 400g Pack of Lentils
  • 1 400g Pack of Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbsp of Korma Curry Paste
  • 1 of Lebanese Cucumber
  • 1 Small Bunch of Mint
  • 80 g of Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 2 Pack of Naan
  • 12 Tsp of Ginger & Garlic Mix
  • 1 75g Pack of Baby Spinach
  • 1 of Lime
  • 1 of Brown Onion
Recipe

Prepare Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Drain and rinse lentils. Zest lime and cut in half. Trim celery and small dice. Peel and small dice 12 the onion (you will have some left over). Pick mint leaves and discard stems. Slice cucumber length ways and thinly slice into half moons.

Roll & Bake Meatballs:

Using your hands, combine mince with ginger and garlic mix, season with salt and pepper. Form Tbsp sized balls of mince and place on a lined baking tray. Cook meatballs in oven for 8-10 minutes or until browned and cooked through.

Start Lentil Curry:

Heat oil in frypan or pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until softened slightly. Add lentils, curry paste, coconut milk, a pinch of lime zest and juice (to taste). Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add Meatballs to Lentil Curry:

Once meatballs are cooked, add to the lentil curry along with a large handful of baby spinach. Cook a further 2 minutes.

Warm Naan & Make Salad:

Meanwhile, place the naan on a baking tray, or directly onto the oven rack. Heat for about 2 minutes, or until warmed through and soft. In a small bowl combine cucumber and mint leaves with any remaining lime zest and juice to taste.

You Plate It:

Divide meatball and lentil curry between bowls, garnish with Greek yoghurt and serve naan and mint cucumber salad on the side. Enjoy!