(Tender Meat balls are simmered in a lightly spiced Coconut based Gravy and served with yellow Coconut Rice and Devil’s / Hell’s Flame Chutney. This curry is also known colloquially as “Bad Word Curry”. As the word ‘Ball’ was considered as a slang word in the olden days, hence the name ‘Bad Word Curry’.

Serves 6        Time required: 1 hour

Ingredients; For the Curry

3 large onions chopped                   

1 sprig curry leaves (optional)

3 teaspoons chillie powder               

1 ½ teaspoons coriander powder

3 teaspoons ginger garlic paste      

3 big tomatoes pureed

½ cup ground coconut paste            

1 teaspoon spice powder or garam masala

Salt to taste                                     

3 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon coriander leaves chopped finely for garnishing

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

Ingredients for the Meat Balls (Koftas)

½ kg fine beef mince or lamb / mutton mince    

½ teaspoon spice powder

3 green chilies chopped                

A small bunch of coriander leaves chopped finely

Salt to taste                                   

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon chillie powder 

Heat oil in a large pan and fry the onions till golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and the curry leaves and fry for some time.  Now add the chillie powder, coriander powder, spice powder or garam masala powder, turmeric powder and coconut and fry for a few minutes till the oil separates from the mixture. Now add the tomato juice and salt and simmer for some time.  Add sufficient water and bring to boil. 

Meanwhile get the meat balls ready. Mix the spice powder, salt, chopped green chilies, turmeric powder and coriander leaves with the mince and form into small balls. When the curry is boiling slowly drop in the mince balls carefully one by one. Simmer on slow heat for 20 minutes till the balls are cooked and the gravy is not too thick.  Serve hot with Coconut Rice and Devil Chutney.

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