Solo: Sumac Lamb Meatballs

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Solo: Sumac Lamb Meatballs

Sumac lamb meatballs with broccoli in a sour cream and tumeric sauce. Served with warm basmati rice.

Ingredients to serve 1

  • ½ x onion – peel and chop finely
  • ½ clove x garlic – crush, peel and chop finely
  • 3g x thyme – leaves only, chop
  • ¾ tsp x sumac
  • 150g x lamb mince
  • ½ tsp x ground coriander
  • ½ tsp x ground turmeric
  • ¼ x broccoli – cut into small florets
  • 30ml x water
  • 50ml x sour cream
  • ¼ x chilli – deseed and chop finely
  • ¼ cup x basmati rice – rinse
  • . x olive oil (from your pantry)
  • . x salt and black pepper (from your pantry)


Step 1

Prepare all ingredients as indicated above.

Step 2

Rice: Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the rice and boil gently for 10 minutes on a medium heat. Drain and keep warm in a colander over a saucepan of hot water.

Step 3

Meatballs: Place the lamb mince in a large bowl and mix in the garlic, thyme, sumac and half the onion (save the other half of the onion for the sauce). Season generously with salt and pepper. Roll into meatballs (about 1 ½ tbsp mixture per ball). Drizzle some olive oil in a pan on a medium – high heat. When the oil is hot, fry the meatballs until browned and cooked through (about 10-15 minutes). Keep shaking the pan so they colour on all sides, they can be slightly pink on the inside). When cooked, set aside on a plate.

Step 4

For the sauce: Using the same pan, fry the rest of the onion for about 5 minutes, until soft (add some more olive oil if you need). Add the ground coriander, turmeric, and some salt and cook for another 1 minute. Add the broccoli and water (the pan should sizzle, that means it is nice and hot) and cook for 4-5 minutes until the broccoli is cooked but still has a slight bite. Mix the sour cream in thoroughly, adding a little more water if the sauce is too thick. Once the sour cream is well mixed through the broccoli, add the lamb meatballs back in and very gently stir them through, being careful not to break up the meatballs.

Step 5

Serve the rice with some lamb meatballs and broccoli and top with fresh chilli. Enjoy!