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Indian Meatball Masala with Quinoa
roasted Indian okra

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min
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Who says meatballs are only for Italian cooking? We give these meatballs an Indian spin with lots of spices!
Smarts: Making a double batch of meatballs is pretty easy. Use half tonight and the other half for Indian Banh Mi sandwiches on Thursday.


Indian Meatball Masala with Quinoa:
  • Ground turkey (sub chicken or pork) - 2 lbs
  • Egg - 1
  • Curry powder - 4 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric - 2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1 tsp + 1 1/2 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper - 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 1 1/2 cups
  • Chicken stock (sub water) - 3 cups
  • Ginger, fresh - 1 Tbsp, grated
  • Onions - 1, diced
  • Cilantro - 8 sprigs
  • Butter - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Coriander - 2 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 2 tsp
  • Nutmeg - 1/2 tsp
  • Crushed tomatoes - 3 cups
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Cream (sub plain yogurt) - 1/2 cup
  • Lemons - 1/2, sliced into wedges
Roasted Indian-Style Okra:
  • Okra - 1 lb, trimmed and halved
  • Cooking oil - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry powder - 1/2 tsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Make meatballs - This makes enough for two nights of dinner. Combine ground meat with egg, curry powder, garlic powder, turmeric, first part of cumin, first part of cayenne, salt, and tomato paste. Form into 1.5” (3.75 cm) wide meatballs. If the filling feels too wet to form into meatballs, you can add some breadcrumbs. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Quinoa - This makes enough for Wednesday’s dinner. Combine quinoa with 2x the amount of stock in a saucepan. Add in some salt, cover, and bring to a boil. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Okra - If using fresh okra, slice off stems and then half lengthwise. If prepping right before cooking, skip to make steps #1 - 2 before returning to prep. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Ginger / Onions / Cilantro - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead).


  1. Heat oven to 450F / 232C.
  2. Toss okra with oil and spread onto a sheet pan. Roast for 20 minutes, shaking once midway through.
  3. While okra roasts, heat a skillet or non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add butter and then ginger, onions, coriander, paprika, second part of cumin, nutmeg, and second part of cayenne to melted butter. Saute for ~2 minutes and then add in crushed tomatoes, water, and cream. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Drop in meatballs and simmer in sauce for 14 to 16 minutes or until meat is cooked through. Flip once midway through.
  5. When okra is done, season with cumin and curry powder. Lightly salt and pepper and toss.
  6. Serve meatball tikka masala with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges over quinoa, plus roasted okra on the side. Remember to save half the quinoa, half the meatballs, and 1/4 cup (59 mL) of tikka masala sauce (amount for 4 servings; adjust accordingly if customizing) for later this week.

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This meal has 73 reviews

Super easy masala recipe; a bit too spicy for us.

By: Collin
Posted: Feb 03, 2017
Diet: Original

Made with ground beef and skipped cayenne. Tasty and plenty spicy, but I'd like to try turkey next time.

By: Danica
Posted: Dec 14, 2016
Diet: Original

Delish! We even enjoyed it as leftovers which is a real win in our house.

By: Jill
Posted: May 18, 2016
Diet: Original

This is amazing! I had no idea I could cook Indian! Thanks Cook Smarts.

By: Amanda
Posted: May 18, 2016
Diet: Original

Big hit with the family.

By: Kim
Posted: Mar 09, 2016
Diet: Original

Little spicy for kids, but delicious!

By: Maegan
Posted: Feb 22, 2016
Diet: Original