Nigella's Mellow Meatballs

It's been a little cooler this weekend in the UK so I thought it was about time I did some proper cooking.

Now that Waitrose has opened just down the road, I am finding Nigella's recipes even easier to reproduce (a lot of ingredients, especially in Express, use ingredients I can only get hold of in Waitrose). Hubby is not keen on Squash and Sweet Potato, so I told him the yellow and orange cubes were carrot and swede - and he believed me!! Next time I might make it a little spicier, but if you're catering for kids - stick with this version.

3 x 15ml tablespoons red curry paste
2 x 15ml tablespoons vegetable oil
40 organic mini-meatballs, approx. 600g total
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 x 400ml can coconut milk
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
1 x 410g can chickpeas, drained
1 x 350g diced butternut squash and sweet potato (supermarket packet)
500ml chicken stock from concentrate or cube, or from a tub
2 x 15ml tablespoons honey
20g (approx.) fresh coriander, finely chopped

Step 1: Heat the red curry paste and vegetable oil in a large wide pan; when it starts sizzling, add the meatballs, turning them in the red oily mixture.
Step 2: Sprinkle the cinnamon and ginger over the meatballs and fry for a couple of minutes.
Step 3: Add the coconut milk, chopped tomatoes and drained chickpeas. Stir in the diced butternut squash and sweet potato, then the stock and honey.
Step 4: Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with rice and decorate each plate with some chopped coriander.


  1. Some good flavors going on there. Love how you tricked the hubs

  2. YUmm... I love meatmalls! These look delicious!

  3. I've had my eye on this recipe for ages but haven't got round to making it. I'm definitely making this soon!


  4. This looks a great recipe of Nigella's. I've had this one bookmarked for ages to try. isn't it great you have Waitrose near you now :0)

  5. This looks fabulous, Beth, and well done for fooling the hubby.

    I wish it would cool down here, today it's 38C, but the humidity makes it feel like 44C. Last night it was still 28C at midnight. Horrible. :-(

  6. I know what you mean about Waitrose - it's great when you need to source ingredients for a recipe. You now won't know what you did before Waitrose came along. This looks like a great Nigella recipe.


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