Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry

It’s Nutty and Delicious

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_8592Three weeks ago, there was a sale for ground beef and I bought a lot of it. I designated the week, “the meatball week” and spent the whole week making different kinds of meatballs. This is one of the recipes I made during that week. The main ingredients for the meatballs are garlic, cilantro (coriander) and ginger, a very simple but tasty combination of ingredients. If you love chilli hot food you can also add finely chopped green chillies to the meatball mixture.

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_8599The main ingredients for the curry sauce are: coconut milkcurry paste and crunchy peanut butter. Peanut butter is a great ingredient in soups, stews, cookies and candies. It can also be used to make sandwiches in combination with many ingredients like jelly, jam, chocolate chips, banana, onions, mayonnaise, horseradish and even bacon. I leave it to your imagination. I served the meatballs with steamed basmati rice and some vegetables on the side. It was a simple but unforgettable meal. I have made these meatballs several times after my first trial. I hope you enjoy them too!

Ingredients for Meatballs

  • 500g (1Ib) ground beef/chicken/Pork (I used beef)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 15ml (1 tablespoon) finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • ½-1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoons olive or canola oil

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7534Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7535To prepare meatballs: place all the meatball ingredients except the olive/canola oil into a mixing bowl

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7540and mix thoroughly and lightly with your hands.

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7542Wet your hands and shape the mixture into small balls. (I made 27 meatballs)

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7546Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pan (skillet) over medium to high heat

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7553and shallow fry meatballs until browned on all sides. They should brown fast to avoid toughening.

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7556Set aside on absorbent kitchen paper.

Ingredients for Nutty Coconut Curry 

  • 1 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons ready made Thai Red Curry Paste
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
  • 250ml (1 cup, 6fl oz) coconut milk
  • 250ml (1 cup 6fl oz) water or stock or add a bouillon cube of your choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7563Please assemble all ingredients before you start

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7567For the curry sauce: heat oil in a large non-stick pan (pot), add onions and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes until golden.

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7571Stir in curry paste and cook for 1 minute until fragrant,

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7575add curry powder

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7580and fry until thoroughly mixed.

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7581Stir in peanut butter,

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7585And stir until thoroughly combined

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7588and then stir in  the coconut milk and water or stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7596Add the meatballs to the sauce, stir carefully to coat and simmer in the sauce for 15-20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through, stirring form time to time.

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_7599Adjust seasoning and add chopped cilantro.  Serve with steamed basmati rice and some vegetables on the side.

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_8601I would make these meatballs over and over again, again because I love peanut sauce and I love coconut too!

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry myfavouritepastime.com_8624We really enjoyed eating the meatballs. I hope you do too!!!

Meatballs in Nutty Coconut Curry

Preparation time: 30 minutes; Cooking time: 50 minutes; Makes: 20-30 meatballs, depending on size (I made 27)

Ingredients for Meatballs

  • 500g (1Ib) ground beef/chicken/Pork (I used beef)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 15ml (1 tablespoon) finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • ½-1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoons olive or canola oil

Ingredients for Nutty Coconut Curry 

  • 1 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons ready made Thai Red Curry Paste
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
  • 250ml (1 cup, 6fl oz) coconut milk
  • 250ml (1 cup 6fl oz) water or stock or add a bouillon cube of your choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)

Ingredients

  1. To prepare meatballs: place all the meatball ingredients except the olive/canola oil into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly and lightly with your hands. Wet your hands and shape the mixture into small balls. (I made 27 meatballs)
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pan (skillet) over medium-high heat and shallow fry meatballs until browned on all sides. Set aside on absorbent kitchen paper. They should brown very fast to avoid toughening.
  3. For the curry sauce: heat oil in a large non-stick pan (pot), add onions and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes until golden. Stir in curry paste and cook for 1 minute until fragrant, add curry powder and fry until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Stir in peanut butter, and then coconut milk and water or stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the meatballs to the sauce, stir carefully to coat and simmer in the sauce for 15-20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through, stirring form time to time. Adjust seasoning and add chopped cilantro. Serve with steamed basmati rice and some vegetables on the side.

Points to note

  1. 1 made 27 meatballs.
  2. I used the left over oil from frying the meatballs to make the curry sauce.
  3. You can add one green chilli pepper to the meatballs before mixing and rolling them into balls.

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

105 thoughts

    1. As I said, if it were possible to eat out of the screen, I would have had your meatballs for dinner tonight…sigh. Thanks so much for cooking from myfavouritepastime. Have a wonderful weekeend!
      liz

  1. I love beef
    Beef is my favorite
    and I will note this recipe
    I am very interested
    and wanted to try it

    images that you create so beautiful
    certainly tastes delicious
    okay, .. I try
    🙂
    thanks for the recipe

  2. Wanted to let you know, Liz, that I made the meatballs (with chicken) and curry sauce this past weekend and they were so awesome! I may try your meatball recipe with other sauces, perhaps teriyaki, to change it up. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it will be one of my regulars!

    1. Hi
      Thank you so much for making the meatballs. You’ve certainly made my grey and rainy day much more brighter. I am also happy to hear that they were awesome. I loved them too and have since made them several times.
      Please if you try it with other sauces feel free to share with me your twist of the recipe. I would love to try your version. The recipe is is one of our regulars too and am glad it will be one of your too. Thanks so much and I wish you a fantastic week! Best wishes and happy blogging!!!

  3. Cheers for liking my Collateral Lettuce post on Uyghur mutton pilaf, Liz! Are you a fan of plov?
    Peanut butter with meatballs and coconut? Sure thing! Actually, when I was tutoring a student in China, his mom prepared for me eggplant with peanut butter, which worked quite well.

    1. Hi.
      I love peanut butter with almost everything, meatballs is even better. I think peanut butter works with so many things. Thanks for popping by and have a lovely weekend!
      Liz

    1. Hi,
      Thanks so much for complimenting. I eat beef and pork, but I must say pork does taste extremely nice. I wish you a happy cooking and hope you enjoy your pork version. Best wishes!
      Liz

  4. Oh, wow, Liz, I really like this one. It looks gluten-free as well. I rarely eat sausage or meatballs, because they usually have bread as a binder. Now that you’ve combined it with so many of my favorite flavors, I have to figure out when I can make these.

    Well done!

    1. Hi Janet,
      Thanks for showering me with so many likes. I really appreciate. Meatballs can just be rolled without binders. They are tastier. I could actually taste the ginger in them. Enjoy them, whenever you figure out. Have a fabulous week!
      Liz

  5. Oh man, this sounds like the ultimate bowl of comfort. It’s suddenly freezing in NYC and all I want are things like creamy curries and warm spices. You read my mind! I love the double creaminess of peanut butter plus coconut.

    1. Hi Irina,
      I got lost in your blog for some 30 minutes, browsing and reading about the Eleven Madison Park experience. The double creaminess of peanut butter and coconut was great whilst it lasted. We enjoyed eating it. Have a lovely weekend!
      Liz

  6. There is something so satisying about poppig a flavour packed meatball in your mouth. I have made many different sorts, but this is such a original recipe!! Sounds wonderful!

      1. The weather is crazy – worse storm since 1990. But it is starting to calm down and thankfully not too much damage (although just around the corner from where I live a four-story tall tree has fallen into a building. Thankfully the damage seems suprisingly limited). How is the weather over there?

        1. It’s cold and last week we even had a bout of snow…it was so strange. It’s otherwise calm. No strong winds. Uk had some really strong winds that damaged a lot of things and even killed a few people. Have a great week!

  7. Yum, this curry sauce looks wonderful! I’ve never thought of combining red curry with peanut butter, must try it! Have a lovely week 🙂 – s

    1. Hi there!
      Ha ha, I use peanut butter and nuts in so many things and it always turns out great. I made some rice with peanut too. I shall be posting it soon.Please try peanut butter one of these fine days. I’m certain you’ll like it. Thanks for the visit and wish you a wonderful weekend.
      Liz

  8. Hi Liz!
    I have never eaten meatballs in curry (and I have tasted many versions of curry, both local and Peranakan Indian styles).
    😀
    This recipe has somehow reminded me of an old recipe I have.
    It is a fried meatball recipe.
    Flavored with kaffir lime leaf, super duper delicious!
    I better look a round for it!
    😀

    1. Hi Hari,
      How’s life in Indonesia? Canada is so cold. Freezing temperatures at night. I love meatballs, Hari. I have tried all sorts of meatball recipes. I am yet to post several more in the days or weeks to come. Please could I have that fried meatball recipe with kaffir lime leaf. I would love to try it. The sun is shining today. It’s such a nice and soft sunshine. I love it…Have a good day. I think it’s early morning by now. Enjoy your day!
      Liz

      1. Hi, Liz!
        It’s super wet here in Indonesia.
        The weather forecast said that things will get better in November so I guess I have to be patient for another week.
        I’m still looking for that recipe. It’s written on an old piece of paper, kinda hard to find! 😀

        1. I wish you a nice November weather. It’s still cold here, freezing at night, Please if you find the recipe, swing it to me. I wish you a fabulous weekend. Thanks, for visiting.
          Liz

  9. What a great dish, Liz! Your meatballs would be good on their own but when served in this curry, I bet they’re incredible. I would imagine that curry would work with a number of proteins, chicken being one. It really does sound good. I’ve pinned the recipe for future use. Thanks, Liz.

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks for pinning the recipe. It actually does bring traffic to the blog, so it’s much appreciated. The meatballs tasted very nice with steamed basmati rice. I have made them again, since. Have a wonderful week, I’m still on my way to Chicago, I shall get there! This week is so busy for me…Best wishes to Max.
      Liz

    1. Hi Mama D,
      You should try it. It tastes very nice. I prefer serving it with rice. Hope you have a wonderful week and my best wishes to the boys!
      Liz

    1. Hi Sophie,
      I hope you enjoy your dinner tomorrow evening. I enjoyed the meatballs and have since made them again and again. Have a wonderful week!
      Liz

  10. Looks great, am sure to try it…never thought of using peanut butter this way!!! If you are interested in some Indian fusion cooking do drop by my site sometime…:)

    1. Hi,
      I am so sorry this week has been very busy for me so I’ve been popping in and out of the blog sporadically. Peanut butter in curry is very nice. You should try it. I am heading to your blog right now to see the Indian fusion cooking. I’m sure I’ll love it. Have a wonderful week and thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my post. I really appreciate your visit!
      Liz

    1. I did make it Liz, last night, and it was yummy! I always have red and green curry paste in my fridge as my hubby makes it fresh. And as usual when it comes to getting dinner ready, I was low on energy. So I placed the meatballs in the oven and made the curry sauce as they were broiling. It was perfect. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Thank you so much for making the meatballs last night. You’ve certainly made my day. I am happy that it turned out perfect for you. I spent some time browsing your blog yesterday. I shall be cooking from there very soon. Thanks so much for always visiting my blog. I wish you a wonderful weekend. Best wishes!

    2. Oh Lidia,
      I have just seen the message where you said you made the meatballs then I gasped, “omg I am yet to reach Lidia’s blog” I am so sorry. Times are busy and blogging always takes the brunt. Thanks so much for being here, always. You presence is always appreciated. I wish you a lovely evening. I am sitting by the fireplace… It’s such a grey and cold evening. Best wishes!

  11. These look delicious. I’ve never tried peanut butter in a curry sauce (only in Gado Gado sauce) but I’ll try out your recipe. Just the thing for the chillier evenings! Thanks, Julie

    1. Hi Julie,
      Peanut butter is very delicious in curry sauce. You should try it.
      Please note that I could not link back to our blog. Could you give me a working link? Have a great week.
      Liz

    1. Hi Ada,
      The recipe is simple but the end results are spectacular. We enjoyed eating the meatballs. I wish you a fantastic week. Thanks so much for visiting me!
      Liz

    1. Hi Richard,
      Thanks for the compliments. You are such a great cook. I always admire your cooking and all the detailed steps you present. Wish you a wonderful week.
      Liz

    1. HI Jess,
      I really enjoyed “the meatball week” I almost become an expert at rolling the meat into round balls. My kids enjoyed every meal I cooked that week. I hope your boyfriend will love one or two days of meatballs. I wish you a lovely week.
      Liz

    1. Hi,
      You are welcome to try it anytime. The learning process never ends. I am still learning too. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I have a friend called Hari, from Indonesia and now I’ve met you too. How nice. Greetings from Canada!
      Liz

        1. I have learnt so much about Indonesia from Hari. I hope one day, I shall be able to visit. Bali is s very interesting place. it was the setting for the movie Eat Pray Love (Padang Padang Beach). Thanks have a wonderful evening. I’ve just woken up!
          Liz

  12. This looks good. It’s funny, but I’ve never thought of using peanut butter as an ingredient in recipes, but it does seem like a good idea. Thanks for that. Have a great week.

  13. This looks amazing Liz. The no curry sounds awesome. The meatball pat I can always sub with veggie meatballs and koftas. Will try and let you know. This curry is very close to some of the Indian coastal curries, where they use peanuts and coconut milk in a curry :).

    1. Hi Sonal,
      I love peanuts and coconut milk and use both in my cooking at home. Thanks for complimenting. I wish you a fabulous week. Best regards,
      Liz

    1. Hi Glyn
      Ha ha I’m actually sitting next to a fire right now. The nights are quite cold here. Thanks so much for the kind comments. I wish you a wonderful week!
      Liz

  14. Another great recipe Liz – I actually made meatballs this afternoon with a tomato sauce to have with pasta (the recipe will appear on my blog at some point) and I was thinking about different sauces to have with meatballs, curry was one of the ones I thought of so this recipe has popped up at just the right time! Thanks for sharing as always – your blog continues to be one of my favourites.

    1. HI Chef,
      I’m glad to hear my blog continues to be one of your favourites. You make me feel very honoured. I also loved the chocolate cheesecake that you posted. It looked great and I bookmarked it. I wish you a wonderful week. Best wishes!
      Liz

    1. Hi Jo Anne,
      So do your posts. I love your blog too. Thanks for visiting me. I wish you a fabulous Sunday and thanks so much for always supporting me on Facebook. I truly appreciate!!! Best wishes,
      Liz

  15. Wow, the sauce looks and sounds delicious! I often find veggie meatballs slightly bland but I think this sauce would give much needed flavours to its non-meaty counterpart. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Hi Miss Winnie,
      I have to try making some veggie meatballs. If they’re spiced well, they’ll probably taste just as good. Thanks for visiting me. I look forward to seeing your new creation of the week! Have a fabulous week, ahead!
      Liz

  16. That looks so yummy. I have to honestly say, every recipe of yours that I have tried has been a winner. I’m nutty so I guess I qualify to try this…..;-) Today though I am having my belated Thanksgiving dinner with a roasted chicken and all the trimmmings. Finally starting to feel good again after that awful “bug”. Hope you are too Liz. I so enjoy that you put the recipe on your Facebook page too for easy access, especially when I forget to copy it to my iPad recipe App. May your week ahead be bright and warm.

    1. Hi Sandy,
      It’s always a pleasure to see you…I am so glad you’re here. Thanks so much for the kind words, Sandy. I’m so glad the recipes have always worked for you. I am so excited to hear you’re having your belated Thanksgiving dinner with roasted chicken and even happier to hear that you’re feeling better again. Dinner is never exciting with “dead” tastebuds. I hope you’ll enjoy the dinner.
      I saw a nice chicken recipe in a pamphlet I picked at the LCBO (what would that be there? BC Liquor Stores?), I was buying some Port, Brandy and Sherry for baking fruit cakes (it’s almost X-mas). It was so unique, I want to try it and post it. I’m sure you’ll love it too. I have been gazing at the pamphlet the whole weekend long and visualizing what that chicken might taste like. The photos are so attractive. I hope mine turns out just the way the photo looks like. How did the muffins go? Hope you liked them. I’m baking a Date and Sherry Cake right now. It can keep for two weeks so I shall be nibbling on a slice a day…I love fruit cakes. Have a wonderful Sunday, enjoy your dinner and thanks so much for your friendship. I appreciate. Best regards,
      Liz

    1. HI Bernadette,
      My family loves meatballs too and ground beef is very affordable here too. Enjoy it when you try it. Wish you a wonderful week, ahead!
      Liz

  17. This looks delicious – but with two out of three kids allergic to peanuts I will have to wait until they move…or find some alternative to peanut butter. Any suggestions to an alternate?

    1. Hi Carol,
      Frankly speaking I have no experience with peanut butter and allergies. Are people who are allergic to peanuts, also allergic to all other nuts and seeds too? if not other nuts or seeds like sunflower, flax, or pumpkin (butter) can be used as a substitute. You are the best judge here since you know exactly what the problem entails and what should be avoided by the kids. I would say just make the recipe without the peanuts. It still works. Thanks and have a great week ahead!
      Liz

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