Meatballs with spicy yogurt dipping sauce recipe

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A great appetizer, spicy beef meatballs served with a spicy yogurt dipping sauce.
Preparation time: 15 minutes, Cooking time: 30 minutes, Serves: 20 


For the meatballs
2 lb lean, ground beef
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp minced garlic
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and black pepper to taste

Vegetable oil for frying

For the spiced yogurt dipping sauce
2 lb plain yogurt
2 Tbsp finely chopped mint
2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
Chili flakes to taste


Make the spicy yogurt sauce
Combine the yogurt, mint, parsley, garlic, cumin and chili flakes in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the meatballs are ready to serve.

Prepare and cook the meatballs
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well using your hands until you get a uniform mixture. Use more bread crumbs if necessary to make sure that the mixture sticks together.

Form the mixture into golf sized balls (you should make about 40 meatballs) and set aside.

Heat about 2/3 of an inch high of vegetable oil in a frying pan. When the oil is hot add the meatballs (you should cook the meatballs in several batches - do not overcrowd the pan) and fry until well browned all over.

Serve the meatballs hot with the yogurt sauce.
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