Lamb Meatballs or Roasted Cauliflower in a Spicy Malabari Curry

Lamb Meatballs or Roasted Cauliflower in a Spicy Malabari Curry
Recipe Date:
September 1, 2015
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Imperial (US)
  • 1 lb lamb, ground (disregard for vegetarian option)
  • 1/4 cup shallot, minced (disregard for vegetarian option)
  • 2 green serrano chiles, medium (disregard for vegetarian option)
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated (disregard for vegetarian option)
  • 3/4 tsp salt (disregard for vegetarian option)
  • 2 tsps coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 tbsps canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4 shallots
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, freshly grated
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup tomato purée
  • 14 ozs coconut milk (1 can)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 green serrano chiles, medium sized
  • 1 1/2 tsps salt
  • 2 tbsps cilantro leaves, minced
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsps vegetable oil (for vegetarian option)
  • 1 tbsp black mustard seeds (for vegetarian option)
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (for vegetarian option)
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated (for vegetarian option)
  • 1 tsp tumeric (for vegetarian option)
  • 1 cauliflower head, chopped into florets (for vegetarian option)
  • salt, to taste (for vegetarian option)

Tasting notes: The spicy curry highlights the rich mouthfeel of the Riesling and brings out the fruit flavors while the bright acidity of the Riesling cuts through the richness of the coconut milk.

Serena's tips: When making the meatballs, we suggest searing them in a skillet before setting them aside and when you are simmering the meatballs in the curry, it takes closer to 30 minutes to cook. When doing the vegetarian version, we like to use Bobby Flay's recipe for the cauliflower which we cook while making the curry. With both the meatballs and the roasted cauliflower, we increase the apple cider vinegar to 1.5 teaspoons.


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Curry recipe courtesy of 5 spices, 50 dishes by Ruta Kahate. Roasted Cauliflower recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay via the Food Network. Photo courtesy of