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Lamb Ball

Lamb ball is a savory snack consisting of balls or fritters made from the lamb’s meat. These balls are crisp, spicy and golden in color and are an important feature of Greek, Middle Eastern, American and Indian cuisine. Also referred to as keftedes in Greece and Kofte in Turkish and Indian cuisine, these balls are prepared both in dry form and with gravy.

 

Ingredients and Preparation

Lamb ball is a rich dish which is known for its spicy flavor and taste. Typically, the ingredients which are included in lamb balls recipe are lamb’s meat, onion, tomato, garlic, cloves, egg, breadcrumbs, oregano, salt and pepper. Feta cheese is usually included in Greek lamb balls recipe. Cumin, mint, and all spice are some of the important ingredients used in Turkish cuisine for making the lamb balls more flavorful.

 

The common method involved for cooking lamb balls is baking or frying. The meat is minced finely and then mixed with spices and seasoning. The mixture is shaped in small rounds which are dipped in egg wash and then rolled over breadcrumbs. The prepared balls are fried or baked until golden.

 

The gravy or sauce for the dish is usually made of tomatoes, onions, garlic, cumin and green chilies.

 

Serving

Lamb balls are usually served as an appetizer or a main course dish. When served as an appetizer, these balls are accompanied by hot and spicy dips. In Indian cuisine, dhaniya ki chutney (coriander dip) is one of the main accompaniments to the dish. Wines and drinks also pair well with dry lamb meat balls. Hot breads are usually relished with lamb balls cooked in gravy. In China, these balls are paired with noodles or rice.

 

Some of the popular garnishes for lamb balls includes mint leaves, parsley leaves, thyme, or a slice of lemon.

 

Variations

  • Aromatic Lamb Balls – These are spicy and delicious lamb meat balls which include a variety of herbs such as parsley, rosemary, mint and thyme for their preparation. Scallions, egg and yogurt used for this lamb balls recipe makes them more flavorful and delicious.

 

  • Green Curry Lamb Ball –This is an interesting lamb meat ball dish which consists of the lamb balls dipped in green curry. Coconut milk is yet another important ingredient of this recipe. Green curry lamb balls are commonly served with rice.

 

  • Moroccan Lamb Balls With Couscous – It is a delicious lamb ball preparation which combines lamb balls with spicy tomato gravy and couscous. This dish can be served as single meal dish or with bread or rice.