One-pot meatballs, eggs and spiced tomatoes

One-pot meatballs, eggs and spiced tomatoes

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Anjum's Quick & Easy Indian
Serves
4
Photographer
Lisa Linder

This is a lovely meal. It is easy to make, even while helping the children with their homework, filling and very satisfying. You can use minced chicken instead of lamb, if you prefer. Serve with plain rice or Indian breads. It does take a little longer than some of the other dishes in the book, but is definitely worth having in your repertoire.

For the tomatoes and eggs

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 fat garlic cloves, grated
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
good pinch caster sugar
4 eggs
handful coriander leaves, chopped, to serve

For the meatballs

Quantity Ingredient
250g minced lamb
15g coriander leaves and stalks, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
10g root ginger, finely chopped, (peeled weight)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Method

  1. Start with the tomato sauce. Heat the vegetable oil in a large sauté pan that has a lid, add the onion and cook until golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the cumin and turmeric and stir for 20 seconds before adding the tomatoes, some salt and pepper and the sugar along with 50 ml of water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15–20 minutes, or until the tomatoes are cooked. Taste, it should taste harmonious. Adjust the seasoning.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs, seasoning generously with salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into balls slightly smaller than a walnut. Add them to the pan, cover and simmer for another 16–18 minutes, turning halfway.
  3. Uncover the pan, adding a little water if it is looking dry. Make four little indents in the sauce and crack the eggs into them. Cover and simmer for another four to five minutes, or until the eggs are done to your liking. Taste, adjust the seasoning and serve with a sprinkling of coriander on top.
Tags:
quick
easy
simple
fast
Indian
Anjum
Anand
midweek
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