This really is THE most beautiful dish. Bursting with flavour and densely nutritious, it contains around over a kilogram of tomatoes, which, when cooked are packed with 25% more lycopene than when eaten raw. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, which along with the high turmeric contains anti-cancer properties. This dish is not only incredibly delicious, it is also good for your health!
This lovely picture shows just what goes into the meatball mixture.
500g minced lamb
1 x onion, minced
1 small bunch coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 small bunch dill, finely chopped
2 x tsp turmeric
2 x tsp ground cumin
2 x tsp garlic powder
1 x tsp ground cinnamon
2 x tsp crushed, plus extra to season the sauce sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
For the tomato sauce
700g plum tomatoes
1 x large garlic bulb, cloves bashed and peeled
1 x tsp turmeric
1 x tsp ground cumin
½ x tsp ground cinnamon
400g can chopped tomatoes
Method for the sauce:
Preheat a large cooking pot over a medium heat and add a generous amount of olive oil.
Chop each tomato into quarters and add these to the pot along with the garlic cloves, stir well and allow to cook until the tomatoes begin to soften (about 10 mins).
Add the turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and a generous amount of salt and black pepper and stir well.
Allow the spices to cook for a further 10 minutes, then add the canned tomatoes and stir well. Cover the pan with a lid, reduce the temperature to very low and cook the sauce for 1½-2 hours.
Stir the sauce every so often to ensure it is not burning.
Method for the meatballs:
Put all the ingredients, except the oil, in a large mixing bowl and, using your hands, mix everything together and make into ping pong sized balls.
Preheat a large frying pan over a high heat, then drizzle in a little oil and place your meatballs into the frying pan.
Cook them until each side has browned. Once browned, place them straight into the tomato sauce and allow them to cook for a further 20-30 minutes before serving.
Serve with gluten-free pasta, rice or roasted potatoes.
This really is THE most delicious recipe. I hope you enjoy making it!