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Vegetarian Meatballs in Coconut Turmeric Sauce


Credit: This recipe is from www.mayihavethatrecipe.com and if you have the time, you should totally check out the recipes from these two sisters in Barcelona. They are awesome!

Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 6 servings

Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins


For the Meatless Meatballs

  • 230g cauliflower rice (about 2 cups, see note)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, cold
  • 1 cup fresh chopped coriander or parsley
  • ½ cup flour (you can use any kind here)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp allspice powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil (to pan fry the meatballs)

For the Coconut Turmeric Sauce

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin (about 2 cups)
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1″ fresh ginger root, grated (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ½ tsp organic turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp cracked black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 cup canned full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 2 tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • ½ cup chopped coriander


  1. Combine all the meatball ingredients (except the vegetable oil for pan frying) in a large bowl and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the sauce.
    In a large skillet, heat olive oil.
    Add onions and cook over medium high heat for 7-8 minutes or until translucent.
    Add garlic and ginger and cook for another 2 minutes.
    Add turmeric, salt, black and red pepper flakes and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add coconut milk, lime juice and vegetable broth and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add chopped coriander, remove from heat and set aside.
  5. To prepare the meatballs, heat the vegetable oil in a separate skillet.
    Working with 1 heaping tablespoon of mixture at a time, form about 22 meatballs.
    Arrange them in the skillet and cook over medium heat, 2-3 minutes per side. Set aside.
  6. Before serving, place the meatballs in the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes (if the sauce has thickened too much, you can add a little water to get the desired consistency).
  7. Serve warm over rice or quinoa.



You can buy cauliflower rice at most grocery stores. You can also make your own by chopping cauliflower in a food processor.

Make sure quinoa is cool before making the cauliflower meatballs.




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