Spicy Indian Turkey Meatballs

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Alright loves, it’s taken me a minute to get some recipes up here but I’m finally starting. And hopefully I’ll get to taping some so it’s easy to actually follow along aside from my Insta stories (@amirawaldesai – in case you’re not already following me!)

Now these little turkey delights may not look like much but OMG they are sooo good! We always tell my MIL we should start a little Indian food truck with these as the star. They’re not only delicious, but pretty easy to make and healthy. Read below for what you need:

Ingredients (if you’ve ever gotten a recipe from an Indian mom you know measurements are not really exact so I’m going off how I perfected this to our liking!):

-1lb ground turkey (I like lean, not extra lean so it doesn’t dry out)

-1/2 red onion chopped

-1 handful of chopped cilantro

-1 jalapeno finely chopped, depending on the heat level you desire (I add this last after separating a portion for the kids)

-2-3tbsp tomato sauce

-2tbsn fresh lemon juice

-about 2 tbsp vegetable oil or cooking oil of choice (coconut is a great alternative but I find vegetable keeps the turkey moist for some reason while I’ve tested this out)

-1tsp salt

-1tsp fresh chopped garlic ( I also keep the frozen cubes on hand from Trader Joe’s)

-1tsp fresh grated ginger (I grate a ton and freeze so I have on hand)

-1tsp termeric


-Heat 1tbsp of oil on medium heat in large saucepan

-Mix turkey with onions, cilantro, garlic, ginger, lemon & cilantro – use your hands if you need to!

-Add 1/2 tsp of oil to help keep mixture together

-Separate mixture at this point if making separate batches for kids

-Take a small spoonful of mixture and carefully roll into a ball – this is an important step! Don’t round it out too much, just softly roll it on the outside to make it into almost a rounded log if this makese sense! This really helps keep the inside moist

-Place balls into pan and cover while still on medium heat

-Periodically turn the balls until brown all over

-Add 2 tbsp tomato sauce and cover again until all the liquid has been absorbed. Should have a dark brown tint

-Uncover and let cook on low heat for a bit longer

-Serve with fresh rice, more lemon & sliced onions or skewer as an appetizer with some mint chutney!

I will def take more pics as I do more recipes but it’s on my IG story highlights as well if you want to see a little bit of the process. I hope you love these as much as my family does!



Ami Desai

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Ami Desai is a creative producer, host, makeup artist, and lifestyle expert. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from UC Berkley and a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. She shares everyday tips on hair care, makeup, and fashion on her Instagram, YouTube, and AmiDesai.com.

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