The Sprouts: Indian Meatballs


A few weeks ago O, out of the blue, announced that we should have Indian Meatballs "while we are in India." I happened to see a recipe for meatballs and mango sauce on the PBS Kitchen Explorers blog a few days later.

We tweaked the recipe a little, using a teaspoon of a blended Indian spice (recipe below) that I had made for a chicken recipe instead of curry, and then added Turmeric Rice and an Indian-inspired Coleslaw.  Pete and I both enjoyed the meal and were fortunate to get the leftovers— both kids were not really into eating that night. More ants in the pants, than anything. Meals like that happen, but we just try again next time.  At least they had a few bites, as we venture down this road we call Sprouting the Beans.

Mumbai Meatballs with Mango Dipping Sauce

Blended Spice

Mix 1 t each of:

Black Peppercorns

Whole Cardamom

Whole Cloves

Whole Coriander Seeds

Cumin Seeds




Red Chili Powder

Grind spices together; a clean coffee grinder works great. Store with other spices for a few months.

Indian-inspired Coleslaw

Toss together:

1/4th Purple Cabbage, Diced

3 T Canola Oil

1 T Corriander Seeds

1 T Cumin Seeds

1 T Mustard Seeds

1-2 T Apple Cider Vinegar (to taste)

Heat oil and toast for 15-20 seconds, pour over shredded cabbage and toss with apple cider vinegar

Turmeric Rice


3 cups water

1 ½ cups rice

1 t Turmeric

3-5 Cardamom Pods


Bring 3 cups of water and 1 ½ cups rice to a boil. Stir once when boiling and add turmeric and cardamom. Reduce to low heat, cook for 15 minutes with lid on and then turn off heat and leave on burner, covered for another 10 minutes. Fluff, and serve.

One of the books we read this week, The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone, is a retelling of one of the Indian fables called Jatakas. The fables depict Buddha in various animal guises; in this book he is the cunning monkey, demonstrating that quick wit has no match. A hungry crocodile tells a monkey that he can bring him to an island that has the sweetest, most juicy mangos. Not being able to swim, the monkey is delighted and takes a ride on the crocodiles back. Soon the monkey learns the crocodile is not to be trusted. He uses his wit to outsmart the crocodile…more than once. We enjoyed comparing it to Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra, which is also based on a Pan-Asian folktale, and has a fun counting, lemony twist!

this looks delicious. Can't

this looks delicious. Can't wait to try it!

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