Turkey Meatball Vindaloo

Turkey Meatball Vindaloo

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This recipe is from the May 2016 issue of Food Network Magazine. We found this to be really tasty – a nice Indian-flavored twist on a meatball dish. Photo from Foodnetwork.com


  • 1 1/4 lb ground turkey

  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1 egg

  • 3/4 chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 onion (/4 of it grated, ¾ of it chopped)

  • 1 TBS grated ginger, divided

  • Salt

  • 2 TBS oil

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 1/2 tsp curry powder

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes

  • 3 cups cooked white rice


  • Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with foil. Combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, ½ cup cilantro, grated onion, 2 tsp ginger and ½ tsp salt in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until just combined. Form into 20 meatballs (about 1 ½ inches each); transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are lightly browned and tender, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tsp ginger and the curry powder. Cook, stirring to coat, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, 1 ½ cups water and ¼ tsp salt; bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, broil the meatballs until lightly browned and just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Watch them carefully as things can burn very quickly under the broiler! Nestle the meatballs in the sauce. Cover and simmer on low for about 15-20 minutes. Stir in half of the remaining cilantro; season with salt. Serve the meatballs and sauce with the rice; top with the remaining cilantro. Enjoy!

Total Cost of meal

  • Ground turkey = $3.50 
    Pepper, onion, ginger = $2 
    Rice = $0.75 
    Can of diced tomatoes = $0.75 
    Spices, egg, breadcrumbs, cilantro = $1 
    Total cost of 4 meals = $8

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