Amazing Indian Spiced Lamb Meatball and Bean Curry with a delicious flavoursome sauce, perfect with a variety of sides and suitable for freezing.
Lamb has got to be one of the best choices of meat for a curry, don't you think? It just has a unique flavour and goes amazingly well with all those spices.
Most get put off using ground lamb (mince) on Slimming World because it's pretty darn hard to find a less than 5% fat variety, so not syn free. However you should never let that sway you, while it's great to have syn free meals, sometimes you just have to have what you fancy.
Ground lamb (mince), even though it has a syn value, is not too bad once divided into portions, if you use a smaller amount paired along with lots of healthy vegetables or legumes.
Just always double check the syn value of the ground lamb you use, as it can vary in syns from store to store.
I love using a six bean blend for this Lamb Meatball and Bean Curry. The canned six bean blend contains chickpeas, red and white kidney beans, black-eyed peas, romano beans and baby lima beans. Meaning this dish is has a great source of protein.
If you have trouble finding a similar canned mix, you can just use a similar bean of choice - chickpeas are great, as are white beans.
This lamb Meatball and Bean Curry will go with various different sides. I tend to just go for regular steamed basmati rice. But you could also serve it with this Zucchini Pilau Rice or Sweet Corn Pilau Rice and if you don't fancy rice, then my Syn Free Perfect Oven Chips are also a great choice.
If you would like to turn this Lamb Meatballs and Bean Curry into a Indian Fakeaway Night - check out some of these Indian Fakeaway Recipes:
- Indian Spiced Corn on the Cob
- Delicious Healthy Vegetable Pakoras
- Easy Low Syn Red Lentil Dhal
- Low Syn Best Ever Chicken Korma
- Bombay Butternut Squash
- Syn Free Oven Baked Onion Bhaji
- Syn Free Tandoori Chicken
and if you need more recipe ideas – Head on over to my FULL RECIPE INDEX where you will find over 500+ delicious Slimming World recipes to choose from and all are searchable by syn value, meal type, ingredients etc.
Another option if you wanted to save on the syns and keep this syn free, is to use lean cuts of lamb instead of mince, or even beef and if you are cooking for less than 4 people, you will be pleased to know this Lamb Meatball and Bean Curry is perfect for freezing. So tub up those leftovers and freeze them for another day.
HOW CAN I ADD A ⅓ SPEED FOODS TO THIS LAMB MEATBALL AND BEAN CURRY?
There are already some speed vegetables in the curry itself, but you can easily up those with your choice of side, reduce you rice portion and serve with some additional side vegetables, or you could skip the rice altogether and go for this yummy syn free Roasted Cauliflower Rice or Roasted Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Rice.
WHAT KITCHEN ITEMS DO I NEED TO MAKE THIS LAMB MEATBALL AND BEAN CURRY?
Always love to finish off any curry with a good sprinkling of fresh chopped Cilantro (coriander). It's not to everyone's taste, some hate it, but I LOVE the flavour it gives, so much so, I sometimes add a little bit to salads. Totally optional of course, it won't affect the Lamb Meatball and Bean Curry if you don't add it.
If you love a dollop of yoghurt on your curry too, feel free to add some. I didn't this time around, but I often like a bit of mint yoghurt on the side. I just mix fat-free plain yoghurt with a little lemon juice, salt, pinch of turmeric for that yellow authentic colour like from the Indian and fresh chopped Mint, must be fresh - yum!!
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- for the meatballs:
- 455g/1lb of lean lamb mince - 20 syns*
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 tsp of onion powder
- 1 tsp of cumin
- fresh coriander, finely chopped
- for the curry:
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp of fresh minced ginger
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cloves
- 1 tbs of ground coriander
- 2 tbs of ground cumin
- 0.5 to 1 tsp of chilli flakes (or use 1-2 fresh deseeded red chilli, depending on spice level you like)
- 1 tsp of turmeric
- 1 cup (240ml) of passata (or crushed tomatoes)
- 2 cups (480ml) of lamb or chicken stock
- 400g of mixed beans, canned
- spray oil
- Salt and Pepper to season
- fresh chopped coriander (optional)
- In a large bowl, add all the ingredients for the meatballs and bind together thoroughly, form into 16 equal size meatballs
- Spray a frying pan over a medium-high heat with spray oil and brown on all sides, remove and set aside.
- respray the frying pan with spray oil, add the onion, garlic and ginger and gently fry for approx 2 mins until softened.
- Add the carrots and all spices and stir to evenly coat.
- Add the passata and stock, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and re-add meatballs and mixed beans
- Simmer on a low heat covered for approx 30 mins.
- Season well with salt and pepper.
- Serve topped with fresh coriander (optional)
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Swap ground lamb for lean pieces of lamb or beef to keep this syn free
Make sure to check the syn value of the ground lamb you use, as they can vary in syns.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 378Total Fat 20.6gSaturated Fat 9.2gCholesterol 73mgSodium 370mgCarbohydrates 23.4gFiber 5.6gSugar 5.5gProtein 25.1g