Beef meatballs with curried vegetables


Ramadan has just started in Turkey!!! Most people still follow fasting tradition, but when the sun goes down, the fun time starts. Yesterday evening I was just going to my evening class during 'iftar' ( dinner after the sunset) and it was so unusual to see almost empty streets, when I was passing some apartments I could just hear fork and knife sounds. Yes, Ramadan in Turkey has some magical spirit!!! Though I am Catholic but I love this time of the year... when everyone tries to give up bad habits, or just be a better person for a while. It's like Christmas for me... just without snow... And one more thing I am really enjoying during Ramadan is preparing 'iftar' dinner or visiting our friends. This gives me opportunity to try traditional Turkish home-made food. Every woman tries to cook their best dishes during that time!!! And definitely I get inspiration for my future dishes. This is my first 'iftar' dish this season - beef meatballs with curried vegetables which I served with fettuccini muffins.

What we need:

500 gr of ground beef
chopped thyme and mint
1 egg
2 tbsps of bread crumbs
1 tbsp of yogurt
salt and pepper
some ground cumin
some smoked paprika
oil for frying

for curried vegetables:

1 big carrot
1 onion
1 red and green pepper
2 peeled and chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon of corn starch
1 teaspoon of curry powder
salt and pepper
thyme
150 ml of stock

What we have to do:

1. Mix meatball ingredients and shape balls. Fry in oil for 4-6 min on each side ( depending on the size of the meatballs).
2. Grate or slice the carrot, onion, peppers and fry in oil, then add chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper, curry powder, thyme. Simmer for a few minutes and then add cornstarch and vegetable or beef stock. Mix it well and put the meatballs into curried vegetables. Simmer for 5 min and serve! Enjoy!!!
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