Curry Meatballs with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes
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Curry Meatballs with Spinach

These baked curry meatballs with spinach and cherry tomatoes are housed in a rich, creamy, perfectly spiced curry sauce. Try them once and you’ll fall in love.

I make curry meatballs with spinach a lot. We all love them and have them in various things such as pasta, and subs. They are so delicious that we can’t seem to get enough of them. And to top it all, they are super simple to make. All the ingredients are easy to find in. your local grocery store

The Ingredients for Curry Meatballs with Spinach

A handful of ingredients is all this dish takes, but the flavours are a whole different story.

Ingredients for curry meatballs

The Ingredients List for Curry Meatballs with Spinach:

Meatballs

  • 1 1/2 pounds of ground pork
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • Salt to taste

Curry Sauce

  • 1 red onion
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 green chili (or more if you prefer it spicier)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Making the Curry Meatballs with Spinach

To make great curry meatballs, the pork needs to be flavoured before we bake. To start:

  • Chop one small onion finely.
  • Add one and a half pounds of ground pork (or any ground meat of choice) to a mixing bowl.
  • Add the chopped onion to the bowl. At the same time, add one tablespoon of curry powder and salt to taste in the bowl as well.
  • Mix everything well so that the curry powder and onions are well distributed into the meat.
  • Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let sit for about half an hour to allow the spices and meat to marry. This step is optional and can easily be skipped.
  • Once ready, make the meatballs. I make mine about 1 inch in diameter and I get about twenty-four from the ground.
Uncooked curry meatballs

Baking the Curry Meatballs:

I prefer to bake the meatballs rather than fry them. Fried are a lot heavier and since the curry sauce is creamy, I prefer to keep the meatballs a little lighter. Let’s get baking:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Place the curry meatballs on the baking tray.
  • Bake the balls for about 20 minutes while you make the curry sauce.

Making the Creamy Curry Sauce

While the meatballs are in the oven baking, we can get on with the curry sauce. To make the curry:

  • Start by finely chopping one red onion and half a green chili
  • Grate about one teaspoon of ginger.
  • Heat about three tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large pan and add the onions, chili, and grated ginger into the pan.
  • Cook for about five minutes or so, or until the onion starts to brown.
Curry Meatballs with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes
  • Once the onions have been browned, add 1 tablespoon of curry powder to the pan.
  • Chop and add 2 cups of chopped cherry tomatoes to the pan and mix well.
  • Cook for about one minute.

Adding the Spinach

I love adding spinach to the curry sauce. It gives it a delicious freshness as well as adds colour.

  • Now add about 2 cups of baby spinach to the pan. It will wilt quickly.
  • Cook the spinach for about two minutes or so.

Finishing the Curry Sauce:

Let’s finish making the curry sauce:

  • Add 1 cup of cream to the pan. I use table cream, but you can use whipping cream if you like, If you do use whipping cream, then only add half a cup of whipping cream and half a cup of milk else it will be too rich.
  • Mix the cream well so that it takes on the yellowish tinge from the curry powder.
Creamy sauce for curry meatballs
  • Now that the curry sauce is ready, you can add the balls to the pan. Since they are already cooked, there is no need to cook them in the sauce for too long.
  • Just cook them for about 5 minutes, just to allow them to absorb some of the saucy goodness from the curry sauce.

Servings Suggestions:

Serve hot :

Curry meatballs with a side of Italian bread

Can You Make Meatballs Ahead of Time?

Yes! I always make a large batch of them and store them. It’s a treat to have them made ahead and use them as needed.

How do I Store my Curry Meatballs?

You can store your meatballs in :

In the Fridge: Meatballs can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days prior to use. Once you reheat them and put them in the curry sauce, it’s best to consume them the same day.

In the Freezer: Meatballs can be made ahead and stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. To use, remove them from the freezer and defrost them in the fridge overnight.

Curry Meatballs with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes

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Curry Meatballs with Spinach

Course: EntreeCuisine: Indo-CanadianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

417

kcal
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

These baked curry meatballs with spinach and cherry tomatoes are housed in a rich, creamy, perfectly spiced curry sauce. Try them and you’ll love them.

Ingredients

  • Meatballs
  • 1 1/2 pounds of ground pork

  • 1 small red onion

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • Salt to taste

  • Curry Sauce
  • 1 red onion

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

  • 1/2 green chili (or more if you prefer it spicier)

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes

  • 2 cups baby spinach

  • 1 cup cream

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Meatballs
  • Finely chop the onion.
  • Add the ground pork, onion, curry powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Mix everything together.
  • Let sit for about 1/2 hr to allow the spices and meat to marry.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Make balls and place them on a parchment lined baking tray. (makes about 24 balls)
  • Bake for about 20 mins while you make the curry.
  • Curry Sauce
  • In a large saucepan, add the oil.
  • Chop the onion finely and add it to the pan with heated oil.
  • Chop the green chili finely and add it and the grated ginger to the pan at the same time.
  • Cook for about 4-5 mins or until the onions are browned.
  • Add the curry powder and mix.
  • Chop the cherry tomatoes into halves and add them to the pan. Stir and cook for about 1 min.
  • Add the baby spinach to the pan and stir to mix everything. Cook for about 2 mins – just to allow the greens to soften and wilt a slight bit.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and add the cream to the pan. Cook for about 1 min.
  • Add the balls to the pan and mix everything well.
  • Cook for about 5 mins to allow the meatballs to absorb the curry sauce.
  • Serve with a side of homemade Italian bread, or rice.

Do meatballs taste better baked or fried?

Baked meatballs are better for those that want less fat content in their meal. Baking them is easier too. Just make them and place them in the oven and watch them cook or bake by themselves. No need to stand and watch the fryer.

What is the curry for the meatballs made of?

The creamy sauce is made of:
– 1 red onion
– 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
– 1 teaspoon grated ginger
– 1/2 green chili
– 1 tablespoon curry powder
– 2 cups cherry tomatoes
– 2 cups of baby spinach
– 1 cup of cream
– Salt and pepper to taste

What holds meatballs together?

Generally, when we fry them, they tend to fall apart unless we add an egg or some breadcrumbs to the pork. However, mine are made just with pork, onion, and curry powder. I do not add anything else because when you bake them, they stay together without any other binder.


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5 Comments

  1. I tried this recipe, and my son and his wife loved it too.
    Neena

    1. Hello Neena,

      Glad everyone enjoyed the recipe.

      Deepti

  2. Hi,
    This is such a delicious recipe. Tried it and loved it.
    Sonia