Lamb Meatballs with Cucumber Raita

Lamb Meatballs with Cucumber Raita

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

This Indian-inspired dish serves up homemade lamb meatballs with a creamy side of cucumber raita, flavored with roasted cumin powder.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • Cucumber Raita
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 (16 ounce) container plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Roasted Cumin Powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Lamb Meatballs
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1¼ teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 pounds lean ground lamb
  • Lettuce leaves


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  1. Prepare Roasted Cumin Powder: Heat cumin seeds in a small dry skillet in a well-ventilated area over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until smoke begins to rise and seeds begin to brown. Remove from skillet. Cool to room temperature. Grind the seeds with a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. Store, covered, in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Prepare Cucumber Raita: Peel and shred cucumber. Place shredded cucumber in a strainer and let stand for 15 minutes; discard the liquid. Place shredded cucumber in a medium bowl, stir in plain yogurt, 1 teaspoon Roasted Cumin Powder, salt and, if desired, cayenne pepper. Cover and chill until serving time.
  3. Prepare Lamb Meatballs: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine onion, ginger, garlic, salt, coriander, cumin, garam masala and, if desired, cayenne pepper. Add lamb; mix well. Shape into 32 meatballs. Place meatballs in a foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  4. Bake about 25 minutes or until cooked through. If desired, broil 3 to 4 inches from heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until browned. Drain off fat. Transfer meatballs to a lettuce-lined serving platter. Serve with picks. Serve with Cucumber Raita.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 serving
  • Per serving: 68 calories; 4 g fat(2 g sat); 0 g fiber; 2 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 20 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 34 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 35 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 154 mg sodium; 126 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0

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