Indian-Style Ratatouille with Lamb Meatballs

Indian Style Ratatouille with Lamb Meatballs - Panning The Globe

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Lamb meatballs and ratatouille braised together with fragrant Indian spices – a wonderful one-pot wonder with loads of great flavor.




  1. Meatballs: Preheat oven to 300ºF. Combine lamb and bread crumbs in a bowl. Whisk egg with 1 teaspoon garlic, 1 teaspoon garam masala, and 1 teaspoon salt, and add to bowl. Mix everything together until just combined. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the meatballs (In two batches to avoid over-crowding) on all sides, 7-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  2. Ratatouille Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat in a large deep covered pot, such as a Dutch oven. Add eggplant cubes and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, for 5 minutes (regulate heat to avoid burning) Add zucchini and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. The vegetables will start to soften. Add the garlic, bell peppers, scallions, jalapeños, ginger, turmeric, saffron, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables soften a bit.
  3. Add the coconut milk plus 1/2 cup water. Bring to a simmer. Add meatballs back the pot and stir everything gently to combine. Cover and braise in the oven for 35 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, stir through a teaspoon of garam masala. Then sprinkle with lemon juice, lemon zest and cilantro. Enjoy!