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Spicy Meat Ball in Rich Tomato Sauce

Spicy Meat Ball in Rich Tomato Sauce

Recipe & Photography: Brinda Bungaroo

Spicy Meat Ball in Rich Tomato Sauce
Spicy Meat Ball in Rich Tomato Sauce


For the meat ball
250 g quality lean minced beef
1 medium size small chili, finely chopped ( should you wish you may consider deseeding the chilli before chopping, I used purple hazel chilli in this recipe)
1 free-range egg
2 tablespoons semolina (instead of breadcrumbs)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon ground cumin seeds
1teaspoon Sumac spice (Sumac is a north African spice from berries with a pleasant fruity-tart flavour)
Pinch of powdered clove and cinnamon
A few fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
Handful of finely chopped coriander and flat leaves parsley
1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely chopped
Zest of a whole lemon
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Spicy Meat Ball in Rich Tomato Sauce


In a large bowl, mix the meats with all the spices, the herbs, the zest, the egg and the semolina. Season and shape into little balls size of golf balls.


For the Rich Tomato Sauce
2 x 400 g good-quality tinned plum tomatoes
1 medium size onion (finely chopped)
Sundried tomatoes few half slices (chopped)
2 medium size carrots (cut in small cubes)
1 teaspoon ground ginger and garlic
1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely chopped
Fresh coriander or marjoram, to garnish, optional
Olive oil


Add 3–4 tablespoons of olive oil to a hot pan. Brown the meatballs all over, but be careful not to break them up. Remove the meatball from the pan and set aside.

In the same saucepan on a low heat, sweat the onion until really soft. Gently increase the heat and add the ginger garlic, carrots and chopped sun dried tomatoes, leave to cook on low heat until slightly caramelised

Add the tomatoes, herbs apart from the coriander leaves, season lightly and cook gently for 30 minutes until reduced to a thick concentrated tomato sauce.


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Brinda Bungaroo loves everything about food. She has a great passion for eating, cooking, and entertaining families and friends and loves to share her favourite recipes.

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