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

December 2015


Credit: © John Kernick

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45 mins
Makes 40


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.