Leftovers: Curry Meatballs

Curry is BACK!! Never let go curry, never let go.

Throw back!! Check out this meal from back in the day. Doesn’t that picture look delicious? You want to eat it right off the screen don’t you?! Of course you don’t, it looks like dog doo. That’s why I had to recreate this meal. It’s delicious and it should look like meatballs. Not poop balls. Gross. I should have never said that.

The last time I made this recipe, I used ground turkey. But this time, I went CRAZY and used ground beef. I think so outside the box sometimes. But I just had to try TX Bar Organics grass fed ground beef that I just got a shipment of. And it was AWESOME. If you are looking for some grass fed beef to order online, these guys are awesome and send everything packaged up all amazing like. They’re great. Period.

Anywho. In my phone, I have this notepad app that I write ideas I come up with for my blog. Either recipes or just something I want to talk about. I wrote down “uti commercial” the other day. WTF? What does that even mean? I actually was contemplating on talking about urinary tract infections. On the world wide web. Ugh. Get your life together Juli.

Over the weekend, I went to a rugby fundraiser. No, I don’t play rugby, or any sport for that matter, but a lot of men at my gym play rugby. And I support any sort of male sport that insists on wearing short-shorts while running. Really fast. Wait, I take that back. Males who run far distances and have half the thigh size of mine, those guys creep me out. Sorry bros. Thicker thighs are just better. It’s plain fact. Anyways, lots of good looking men in nice outfits. But they were all drunk. It’s a shame I don’t drink more like I used to in my 21 year old days. I was riot then. Now I like pajamas….a lot. I left the party by 10:30pm. Fail Juli, fail.


Leftovers: Curry Meatballs

  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x



For the balls

  • 1 lb TX Bar Organics Grass Fed Ground Beef (I used ground turkey last time)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • just a hint of cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 tablespoons coconut oil for cooking (or other fat you like to use)

For the saucey flare

  • 1.52 cups canned coconut milk (the more the better)
  • 1 cup organic chicken broth
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 5 teaspoons curry powder (based upon your curry obsession)
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ginger


  1. Add all ingredients for your meatballs to a larger bowl and thoroughly mix together.
  2. Shape meatballs to the size you like. Mini meatballs or large ones are both acceptable!
  3. In a large skillet or pot, add your coconut oil then add your meatballs and diced onions from your sauce ingredients and let them brown for a couple minutes. Let the meatballs cook on both sides for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Once the onions and meatballs have browned a bit, add the rest of the ingredients for your sauce and mix together until meatballs are covered in sauce.
  5. Cover and let meatballs and sauce simmer until the sauce thickens and meatballs have cooked through–about 5 minutes.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


71 thoughts on “Leftovers: Curry Meatballs”

  1. Ur obsession with balls & ball humour gives you two thumbs up from me!

    That looks like a tasty dish too, I’m so making that when I get out my mince out of the freezer later this week

    Its turned cold here too. well not Colorado cold admittedly, but that said its all relative isnt it, so anyhoo this means i need curry balls in my belly

  2. Shew!! Close call on the UTIs.

    Can’t wait to try the Curry Meatballs! I’m kind of bummed though. I get Marsala Wine and garam masala confused. For a short wonderful spell, I was taking license to use plenty of Marsala Wine…. “since Juli” did. Oh yeah! Stupid garam masala is a spice, not that sugary wine I like to cook with. BIG SAD FACE!!

  3. Just read your rugby rant, i am rugby mad, well I’m all blacks rugby mad.

    Check them out, they are the best team in the world, they won the world cup last year woohoo!!!

    Yes i am a new zealander which means i too won the rugby world cup

  4. Can’t wait to try these! Meatballs are one of my faves! Off the subject question…where do you think is the best place to buy spandex shorts? I’ve tried a few different kinds and they all ride up too much and I can’t take it anymore! Please help!

  5. My dad played rugby in college and looking at old pictures, I have seen WAY more of my father and his friends than I ever needed to. Glad you used beef this time – it’s so much better than turkey 🙂

  6. I’ve never heard of garam masala…is it in the regular spice section? These look delish! Can’t get enough curry!

      1. Oh, gotcha- there’s a place called Seven Spice that has lots of Mediterranean stuff…wonder if they’ll have it!

  7. I have to say rugby players are the hottest male athletes (might be a bit biased because my husband is one). And if you want to see some serious male thigh – you have to check out the All Blacks….they really are the greatest team on the planet…..and not to bad looking in those shorts.

    I love seeing yummy recipes and knowing I have everything I need at home to make this deliciousness tonight…..no additional shopping required.

      1. These were amazing – not only according to my husband, but also my paleo eating co-worker and Crossfit buddy. Pure awesomeness.

  8. ahh yum, curry is a new favorite of mine too. I love making a bunch of meatballs (I usually throw some liver in there for the nutrients!) and freezing them to have for wicked quick dinners- just zap them in the microwave and top them on a salad.

  9. I’m not the fun party girl I used to be either. Well I’m still fun, just not drunk!! I don’t miss the hangovers one bit!

  10. Oh dang, that old picture is one hot mess. This new one looks beautiful. You are getting fancyyyy.

    I am on a meat ball kick lately, but haven’t tried curry yet. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. I made chicken coconut curry last night. Pure awesomeness. Tonight will be pot roast. Hubby is spoiled, so very very spoiled.

      1. As long as I don’t tell him it is paleo, he is fine. We started going paleo a couple months ago, my two year old has ezcema real bad, and grain is a HUGE trigger, so we switched.

  12. I made these (with ground turkey) not too long ago. They looked….so gross!! Your photos look way better than what took place in my kitchen. But not to worry, despite the appearance, they were AMAZ-BALLS!

    Really just love me a good meatball recipe. Your’s never disappoint! Thanks lady!

  13. Up here in WY I’ve stopped eating beef ~ I eat lots of bison. Have you tried it? If you served me both I probably couldn’t tell the diff. It’s yummy and at least for now they don’t have the bison trapped in pens and pumped full of crap. Try it if you can find it ~ I’ve heard it’s getting really popular. p.s. I’ve made curried bison meatballs before ~ great idea, yummmmmm

  14. I am definitely trying this! Only I am going to use ground lamb!!! The curry sauce screams for lamb, and I think we’ll be having this with a bottle of that yummy Marsala wine! (ok, maybe two bottles 😉

  15. Making a batch of these but added an extra 500g of pork and veal mince….smells Devine hopefully this will get the smiley face approval from the kids

  16. These were great and so filling. I love curry. I definitely want to try this recipe again, and I think I’ll give ground turkey a go.

  17. Hi Juli! I found your blog 3 days ago, I’ve become interested in the paleo diet because I’ve had lots of digestive issues in the last year or two, I tried cutting out gluten and it helped a little but I think Paleo is the way is to go. Today I made my first paleo creation, these curry balls! I love your blog, thank you.

  18. These look fantastic…what would you serve them with in a paleo-friendly way? Over greens…baby spinach…or?! This looks satisfying and saucy enough for my sauce-freak French husband!

  19. I’m a huge fan of curry, but I have to admit I was still a little skeptical of this recipe…
    Being that it’s the end of the month and my fridge is definitely lacking it’s usual plethora of tasty foods I was pretty excited that I had all that I needed to make this and Uhhh….it’s AMAZING! I did add a mirepoix mix to the sauce, but it definitely didnt need it.

  20. I’m so loving your blog…so glad I found it!! Made these tonight over a bed of spinach with zucchini, carrot & beet noodles. Delicious! Thank you so much for all of the inspiration!

  21. These came out AWESOME! The sauce never got as thick as yours and I was worried to overcook the meatballs so pulled them off the stove. I had to use ground bison instead of grass fed beef b/c the store was all out when I went. Can’t wait to have the leftovers!

  22. These are great! I used turkey like you did. I also added red pepper flakes and used half mild curry powder and half hot curry powder. I will be making these again.

  23. Excellent and super easy. I made mine with beef, but might give lamb a try next time. Served over cauliflower rice.

  24. I made this dish for dinner last night! It was AWE-MAZING!! Loved the flavors. I eat a lot of ground meat (beef/turkey/chicken) and some times it just feels like the same dish over and over again. This dish did not! I just started Paleo about a month ago and your recipes get me through the cravings and missing carbs!!!

  25. Wow ! Did not have Garam masala so I made my own with cumin, cloves, cinnamon, green cardamom pods and pepper. Not perfect but close enough.

    It is delicious, thanks again for another great recipe !

  26. I made these. I ate these. ALL of these. OK, I shared like two with a crumbsnatcher that was at my house when they were done. I have no more of these. Well, except some gravy. Which I plan to put on some cauliflower. Who has time to make more of these. These were so good. While these lasted. Sigh…..

  27. hi there – i’m thinking of trying this tonight and i wanted to know if the ginger called for in the recipe is ground ginger or fresh ginger?

  28. For all of you no-nut eaters, I subbed 1/4 cup coconut flour for almond flour. It worked perfectly. I love this recipe and this blog!

  29. They’re delicious! Thank you for this recipe 🙂 I didn’t have chicken stock at home at the moment, but I didn’t want to miss out on extra flavor. So I added 2 teaspoons of thai green curry paste instead. OMG! Fingerlicking good!

  30. So good! I baked them then threw them in the cococurry sauce, added a bunch of chopped up chard in the sauce too. Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for the recipes.

  31. I made these last Wednesday. I used ground turkey and coconut flour instead of almond flour (I thought I had almond, I didn’t, it was pouring out and didn’t feel like going to the store)… DELISH!! I will be making these again!

  32. The taste was pretty good, but my little meatballs were drowning in sauce. And for some reason, which could definitely be my lack of experience in the meatball forming department, some of the balls fell apart. Perhaps just use 1 can of coconut milk. Overall this was a good recipe to use up the ground beef hidden in the freezer.

  33. Sara F- Seattle

    Not sure what I did but the meatballs were super bland. The sauce was ok but we could not get past the flavorlessness of the meat . Ugh, had to compost it.

  34. I recently bought your super awesome cookbook, and I since I have crabby kids who are bored with the same go-to paleo dishes I make, we played a little game called “quit bitching about what mom cooks every night and each of you pick a damn recipe from this book or starve to death”. 🙂 This was one of the ones they chose this week, and it was a huge hit!! I served it with broccoli and each of my 4 boys (5 with the husband!) tore that shit up!! I had to double the recipe and cook the meatballs in batches, but it was amazing. We are huge fans of your balls over here!! 🙂 Well done, lady!!

  35. HI
    Just made this tonight and it was great! My meatballs came out fantastic, no blandness there!! I doubled the meatballs because there are 6 of us and used 1 lb. turkey and 1 lb. buffalo. However, every time I make a sauce with coconut milk(which I love!) they never thicken up for me….why is that??? This was yummy but had to serve in bowls.

  36. These are good, but for my taste, not 5 star. I would serve these to a conservative eater going out on a limb trying new flavors. For me, the flavor doesn’t jump out and say magnificent, complex CURRY — it says meatballs with a pleasant enough difference from ketchup or BBQ flavoring. What I loved was the ease: all the ingredients were basic and already in my pantry.

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  38. Look amazing but if I can’t use almond flour would coconut flour or just egg hold it together okay?

  39. I have made this a couple times and it is a huge hit even with my very picky teenager. Superb! Five stars

  40. Cant say I loved these. They weren’t bad either though, the flavor to me was just very subtle and I think I may have made the balls a bit too big. Overall liked but not a keeper…

  41. I wish I loved these. The flavor was amazing but the meatballs had a strange gritty texture. Not sure what I did wrong ????

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