Ginger Turkey Meatballs

Chef Akasha Richmond uses only six ingredients to make her Indian-style meatballs, including sambar masala, the aromatic Indian spice mix.

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  • Servings: Makes 40

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  • 2 pounds 85% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons sambar masala (see Note)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Cilantro leaves, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey with the onion, ginger, masala, turmeric and salt. Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, scoop and roll the meatballs and place on a large baking sheet.

  2. In a very large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add half of the meatballs and cook over moderate heat, turning, until browned all over, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meatballs to the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and meatballs.

  3. Bake the meatballs in the oven for about 8 minutes, until cooked through. Arrange the meatballs on a platter, garnish with cilantro and serve.

Make Ahead

The meatballs can be made up to 6 hours ahead; serve at room temperature or reheat gently.


Sambar masala is a spice blend made with myriad spices, including coriander, fenugreek and cumin. Look for it at Indian markets and on

Suggested Pairing

WINE: Berry-forward, lightly floral Beaujolais.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published December 2015

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