One of Gordon's favourite recipes of all time, this delicious meatball dish is a must-try.


  • 2 tsp coriander seeds

  • 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1–2 tsp dried chilli flakes, to taste

  • 2 lemongrass stalks, trimmed, bashed and cut into batons

  • 5cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced

  • 400ml chicken stock

  • 1 x 400ml tin coconut milk

  • Zest and juice of 1 lime

  • For the Meatballs

  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced

  • Olive oil, for frying

  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes

  • 500g minced beef

  • 75g fresh breadcrumbs

  • 3–4 tbsp milk

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1.

    First prepare the meatballs. Sauté the onion and garlic with seasoning in a hot oiled frying pan for about 5 minutes until soft and lightly coloured, adding the chilli flakes after a minute or two.

  • 2.

    Place the mince in a large bowl and add seasoning. Put the breadcrumbs in a separate bowl and moisten with the milk. Add seasoning, then stir the breadcrumbs and onion mixture into the mince and combine well.

  • 3.

    With wet hands, shape the mince mixture into balls about the size of a golf ball. Transfer to a lightly greased plate or tray and chill for 30 minutes until firm.

  • 4.

    Brown the meatballs in a cleaned oiled pan for 4–5 minutes, turning frequently until nicely coloured on all sides.

  • 5.

    Add the coriander seeds, cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, chilli flakes, lemongrass and ginger. Heat through, stirring, until aromatic, then add the stock and coconut milk and bring to a gentle simmer. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

  • 6.

    Simmer for 8–12 minutes until the sauce is flavourful and thickened and the meatballs are cooked through.

  • 7.

    Add the lime zest and juice and serve hot.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 305kj
  • Fat Total 25g
  • Saturated Fat 9g
  • Protein 11g
  • Carbohydrate 10g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Sodium 350mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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TIP: Like spice? Add a little more chilli flakes to the broth for extra heat.

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Posted by Denese2Report
This is a winner in our house. Will definitely be making this again, I have already put meatballs in my freezer.
Posted by Hot ChilliReport
Didn't love it or hate it. Just OK for me.
Posted by Report
Fabulous, we really enjoyed these meatballs, very light and not too hot. Will make again.