Moroccan Lamb Meatballs | RecipeTin Eats


Fantastically spiced Moroccan Lamb Meatballs served with a Mint Yoghurt Sauce. Stuff into pitas, cross them round at a celebration or pile over pilaf! That is such an incredible recipe for lamb mince. Lamb loves Center Jap spices!

Close up of Moroccan lamb meatballs in pita pockets

Juicy Lamb Meatballs with Moroccan flavours!

These Moroccan Lamb Meatballs are impressed by a go to to the Lakemba Evening Markets (Sydney) throughout Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims which includes intensive prayer and fasting from daybreak to nightfall.

Throughout this era, the primary drag of Lakemba transforms at evening with meals stalls lining the pavements and is a well-liked place to get pleasure from iftar, a communal feast to interrupt the quick.

Lakemba ramadan
Lakemba evening markets throughout Ramadam

For those who love Center Jap meals, you’ll be in avenue meals heaven. A vibrant, energetic temper, the scent of charcoal, the sizzle of BBQ’s, and probably the most wonderful scent of spices that Center Jap meals wafts by means of the road!

One of many (ahem – many!) issues I’ve loved from these avenue stalls are spiced lamb meatballs stuffed into pita pockets. So I’ve created my very own model utilizing the spice combine from my Center Jap Lamb Koftas recipe. Lamb is a protein made for heady Center Jap spice flavourings! It pairs so nicely, and the scent after they’re cooking are outrageous!

Freshly cooked Moroccan lamb meatballs in a skillet

What you want for Moroccan lamb meatballs

It’s all concerning the spice combine. And also you’ll be delighted to see they’re all pantry staples – there’s an excellent probability you’ve received all of them!

How to make Moroccan lamb meatballs
  • Lamb mince (floor lamb) – Lamb is a favorite in Center Jap delicacies! Nevertheless, these meatballs would even be terrific made with beef, hen or turkey.

  • Onion – A key flavour base in most of my savoury dishes! My secret for additional tasty, additional tender meatballs is to grate the onion over the breadcrumbs so it soaks up the juices. It softens the panko which makes the meatballs juicier and extra tender.

    Plus, in the event you use diced onion you’d must prepare dinner it individually beforehand. When it’s grated, there’s no want!

  • Panko breadcrumbs – Provides bulk and absorbs moisture so the combination isn’t too moist to kind meatballs. Panko breadcrumbs are simple to seek out nowadays within the Asian and breadcrumb aisle of grocery shops. Atypical breadcrumbs (smaller and finer, like sand) can be used however the meatballs won’t be fairly as tender.

  • Egg – For preserving the meatballs collectively. World’s greatest meals glue!

  • Garlic – Very uncommon to seek out savoury dishes on my web site that don’t contain garlic!

  • Spices – Traditional Center Jap combine. Cumin, coriander, paprika (any, I like smoked), cinnamon (Center Jap secret ingredient!), cayenne pepper (spiciness – be at liberty to extend or omit).

  • Coriander/cilantro – For a touch of freshness and for visible functions too. Actually value utilizing, although it may be substituted with parsley.

For the pita pockets

Right here’s what it’s good to make stuffed pita bread pockets:

  • Pita bread or small Lebanese bread – Something that may be lower then pried open to stuff. A lot of the images within the submit are the marginally thicker “bready” pita pockets. Nevertheless, small Lebanese bread will work too – pictured beneath. You’ll match 3 meatballs in every half.

    Flatbreads could be nice too. Stuff and roll!

  • Leafy greens – Contemporary lettuce, tomato and pink onion – For stuffing. There’s no want for dressing, simply plain is okay. Loads of flavour and juices from the meatballs, plus the mint sauce!

    Dressed leafy greens – Shredded purple cabbage, carrot, mint salad pictured within the pita pocket beneath. This is sort of a Center Jap model slaw and pairs fantastically with the Moroccan spicing in these meatballs, in addition to including a beautiful splash of color!

Moroccan lamb meatballs in pita pockets

Learn how to make Moroccan meatballs

1. The mint sauce

How to make minted yogurt for Moroccan lamb meatballs
  1. Blitz the contemporary mint, lemon and salt with simply 1/4 cup of yogurt. Then stir the remaining 1/2 cup of yogurt. Why 2 steps? As a result of blitzing breaks yogurt and makes it skinny and watery. To keep away from this, blitz a bit first, then stir within the remaining yogurt.

  2. Mint sauce thickness – The above picture reveals the consistency of the mint sauce. Skinny sufficient to drizzle however thick sufficient to cling! Maintain it within the fridge till required.

2. Make the meatballs

How to make Moroccan lamb meatballs
  1. Grate the onion right into a bowl utilizing a regular field grater. Why grate? As a result of the strands are advantageous sufficient so the onion doesn’t should be cooked individually earlier than mixing into the meat. Additionally, the onion juices combine all through which provides additional flavour. Win, win, win!

  2. Combine – Put all of the remaining meatball components in a bowl and blend nicely along with your fingers.

  3. Portion – I take advantage of a cookie scoop to portion the combination into 20 to 22 meatballs.

  4. Roll the combination into rounds along with your fingers.

  5. Tip to maintain meatballs rounds – Refrigerate the meatballs for an hour to agency up the combination earlier than cooking. It will assist them keep extra spherical as you prepare dinner on the range.

  6. Pan fry for 8 minutes, rotating to brown throughout. As of late, I take advantage of a spoon and fork to show the meatballs quite than tongs. I discover it simpler and likewise it helps keep the spherical form of the meatballs.

    Baking possibility – The recipe additionally features a baking possibility. I do desire pan frying over baking as a result of you may get higher color on the surface with out overcooking the within. Nevertheless, for lamb meatballs, baking works higher than different proteins as a result of it’s a fattier meat.

As soon as the meatballs are cooked, switch onto a plate and so they’re able to serve!

Platter of Moroccan lamb meatballs and pita bread

Proof of juicy insides:

Showing the inside of Moroccan lamb meatballs

Learn how to serve these Moroccan meatballs

Stuffed in pita pockets, as pictured all through the submit, with contemporary lettuce, tomato and onion, drizzled with the mint sauce. Or piled excessive over a stupendous fruit and nut pilaf, or the golden Jewelled Rice Pilaf that I shared just lately.

Or – make salad bowls! I can see them served on the aspect of a Pearl Couscous Salad, or toss by means of a Center Jap Chickpea salad. Like a meatball salad. YES.

So many prospects. Share different concepts beneath! – Nagi xx

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Close up of Moroccan lamb meatballs in pita pockets

Moroccan Lamb Meatballs

Servings4 – 5 folks

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Recipe video above. The perfume when these meatballs are cooking is outrageous! These meatballs are based mostly on my fan-favourite Lamb Koftas, flavoured with a particular mix of spices that smells so unique however are on a regular basis pantry staples!The Minted Yoghurt is fabulous – pairs so nicely with the flavour of those meatballs. See notes for ideas for extra sides – pictured in submit stuffed in pita pockets.


Minted Yoghurt Sauce (Notice 3):


  • Mint yogurt sauce – Put aside 1/2 cup yogurt. Place all different components in a jug that matches the pinnacle of a stick blender. Blitz till it turns inexperienced – it will likely be runny. Stir in reserved yogurt (this thickens it once more). Refrigerate till required.

  • Meatballs – Place all Meatball components in a bowl. Combine nicely along with your fingers. Measure out 1 heaped tablespoon, then roll into balls. Repeat with remaining combination – ought to have 20 – 24 meatballs.

  • Prepare dinner – Warmth oil in a big non stick pan over medium warmth. Add half the meatballs and prepare dinner, turning to brown throughout, for 8 minutes, or till cooked by means of. Switch to plate. (Oven possibility – Notice 4)

  • Serving – Reduce pita pockets in half, heat for 10 seconds within the microwave, then pry it open. Stuff with lettuce, tomato, onion, then meatballs (I do 2 per half pocket). Drizzle with Mint Yogurt Sauce and contemporary coriander.

Recipe Notes:

1. Meat – This recipe can also be terrific with beef, and superb with hen and turkey. No recipe changes. If baking the hen or turkey meatballs, spray VERY nicely with oil!
2. Grating onion – Tried and confirmed, a lot liked approach for including additional flavour into meatballs, preserving them tender, and avoiding the necessity to pre-cook diced onion. It really works!
3. Minted yogurt – Blitzing / mixing yogurt “breaks” it and makes it runny and really skinny. Typically that’s what I need. However often I desire a little bit of thickness. So to attain that, blitz the mint with simply among the yogurt then stir the remainder in later.
Options – Stir very finely chopped mint into plain yogurt. Or simply use plain yogurt combined with a little bit of garlic, lemon juice and salt.
4. Oven possibility – keep away from range splatter and meatballs will keep extra spherical however you received’t get pretty much as good browning on them with out overcooking them.
Preheat oven to Spray meatballs generously with oil then bake for 20 minutes at 220°C/450°F (200°C fan) till you get some mild browning. Typically I put them on a rack to maintain them spherical (spray rack with oil then placed on a tray).
5. Recommended sides in the event you decide out of the pita pockets: The Shredded Purple Cabbage, Carrot and Mint Salad is nice as a aspect salad as nicely, this Center Jap chopped salad (skip the chickpeas), Israeli Couscous Salad, Pico de Gallo (I do know it’s Mexican however the flavours are terrific paired with Center Jap), simply the rice on this baked Hen & Rice recipe, Chargrilled Greens, Lemon Pilaf (fab pairing!), Curried Basmati Rice Pilaf, this Chickpea Rice Pilaf, Fattoush. As a result of the meatballs are closely spiced, go for sides with contemporary flavours.
Vitamin assuming this serves 5 folks, together with 1 pita pocket per particular person and 1 1/2 tablespoons of lamb fats is discarded after cooking.

Vitamin Data:

Serving: 241gEnergy: 518cal (26%)Carbohydrates: 43g (14%)Protein: 26g (52%)Fats: 27g (42%)Saturated Fats: 12g (75%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 3gMonounsaturated Fats: 10gTrans Fats: 0.004gLdl cholesterol: 111mg (37%)Sodium: 973mg (42%)Potassium: 782mg (22%)Fiber: 5g (21%)Sugar: 7g (8%)Vitamin A: 1916IU (38%)Vitamin C: 21mg (25%)Calcium: 202mg (20%)Iron: 4mg (22%)

Initially revealed July 2017. Up to date in April 2022 with a a lot better video – as a result of I really like these meatballs a lot! The spicing was additionally improved barely.

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It nonetheless matches! (See Lifetime of Dozer picture beneath for context….)

And from the unique publication date in 2017:

All that mocking of the picture of him in his hoodie. I ask you – does he look sad? Humph! He seems completely snug to me! 😂 #MockingDozerIsFun



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