Friday, 13 February 2009

Rista


The title of the recipe is Rista it just means Ground lamb meat balls with a saffron sauce.
I got this book 660 curriesby Raghavan Iyer, in last years Raffel prize.
I had it for few months on my night table, and I did look through the recipes, but i am a virtual person and there was not that much pictures in the book so I didn't make any dishes from this book untill I saw in sia place a dish whcih she made and me the silly one made it from her place simply because I could see how the end result was looking.
After making that dish, I think I have not kept this book down as it has so much yummy delicious recipes and till now I have tried few of the recipes from this book and it was always a hit in my place.
According to my hubby the book is a god send as I have made some new delicious dishes which I would have never ever made.
One of them is these delicious Kashmiri balls.
They are so mild in taste but so yummy yumm and the sauce is just WOW.

Ingridients:
8 ounces lean ground lamb
1/2 small red onion finley chopped ( i added white as i didn't have red)
1 tsp fennel seed ground
1 tsp black cummin seed powder
1 tsp ginger puree ( you can use ginger powder)
1 tsp salt
2 large clove garlic finley chopped
2 tbsp oil
1 cup half and half ( I had no idea what this was so i just added light cream)
1 tbsp Kashmiri garam masala
1/2 tsp saffron threads.

You don't have to do the exact measurement of spices, play around with them. Add more or less you want. According to your taste buds.
Mix the lamb, salt fennel, cummin, ginger, onion and garlic together in a bowl.
Make the meat into small balls.

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
Add the meat balls in a singl layer and cook gentley moving them around every few minutes untill they are evenly browned, 7 to 10 minutes. I clossed with a lid so that the meat can steam a bit inside and then turned around the meat every few minutes.

Pout the half and hald into the meatballs and sprinkle in the garam masala and saffron. Raise the heat to medium high and simmer the curry .
Cook the curry for 10 minutes or til the meat ball is cooked fully.
Serve them with roties or steamed rice.
This recipe also goes to the event Think Spice.. Think Twice: Mastic Gum and Fennel Seeds. hosted by Ivy of Kopiaste

 

46 comments:

Asha said...

Rista! What a beautiful name. Rishta is "relationship" in Hindi. A marriage of lamb and saffron! Great dish for romantic day tomorrow. Candle lights and rista with Basmati!! Perfect! ;D

I like photos too in a cookbook, makes you cook faster than just words on a page.

Have fun. See you next week.

Elra said...

I am the same way, I am very very visual person. Everything must look beautiful, smell good, and fell good. This rista certainly sounds delicious.
Cheers,
Elra

5 Star Foodie said...

Lamb meatballs with saffron sauce! Wow, that sounds excellent - *love* saffron!

Happy cook said...

Asha I didn't know what rista means, not good with hinid, thankyou for the info.
I totally agree pictures make me cook thedish too, that is the reason i think i cook a lot from blogs.

Elra hi hi looks like we all like the visual view.

5 star foodie thankyou

Rosie said...

What a beautiful dish H.C. The sauce with saffron must taste amazing not to mention those succulent meatballs!

Rosie x

Mishmash ! said...

Is there any vacant apartment nearby ur house??? i want to move in....as you make so many variety dishes everyday.....from where do you get so much patience???? I truly admire your energy level! :)

Happy cook said...

Rosie, i love your description.

Mishmash hi hi look who is talking, if my memory is correct i know you too dish up always fabulous and delicious dishes.

indosungod said...

Lovely dish HC. I am feeling hungry and longing to taste. I know what you mean with cooking and pictures in a cook book.

Cham said...

An elegant name for a tasty dish, Love the meatballs in the saffron gravy HC. You are kill me HC not fair at all! he he Happy Valentines Day!

Ivy said...

The flavours of this dish sound amazing. I have never tried ground lamb before. Maybe it's time to try it.

Poornima Nair said...

Looks real tempting, bet it tasted great too...

Varsha Vipins said...

Such a beautiful dish..!!Yum yum//I agree that I also need pics to go for a recipe..But I have been so much looking for this book since soo long..but couldnt get it..:(

Ashwini said...

wow nice name for the dish..Rista..It is very inviting..Though a vegeterian..this looks yummy..I will try with chicken for my husband..Have a Happy Valentines day..

Maria said...

I'm also a visual person and enjoy and prefer cookboosk with lots of pics. This Rista looks delicious!!

Maria
x

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I love lamb and saffron!

Priya said...

Beautiful name, lamb meatballs in saffron sauce makes me hungry..

Snooky doodle said...

nice recipe! I love indian food :)

Ricardo said...

I absolutely love these meat balls, actually I love most meat balls that are done to a fair standard or high, I some on my blog too.But I surely would like to try these. yum yum, slightly curried flavour I think.. :)

Yasmeen said...

spicy kofta curry with a unique name.Please trail back for my
token of gratitude

meeso said...

Yes... Raghavan Iyer is the one who makes all the Indian recipes for my Betty Crocker Indian cookbook... They are all amazing, I wanted to try another of his books... This recipe looks so awesome!

Laavanya said...

What an interesting name... :)

Sara said...

This sounds quite delicious!

Nags said...

I love any kofta-like curry but am so lazy to try them on my own..

Joie de vivre said...

Oh my! Those look great! I know what you mean about being a visual person. If a cookbook doesn't have yummy pics in it I'm usually not interested.

LG said...

Such a flavorful dish HC, good one for V.Day celebrations :)

sra said...

You're a virtual person - nice :-) Even I fear I'm becoming one so I'm frantically using my cookbooks more than I used to. I tried making keema cutlets and failed miserably last week.

Passionate About Baking said...

I've heard about Rista, but never tried it. I'm so GLAD you did...yum!!

Cakelaw said...

Curry meatballs - sounds good to me. I have just made meatballs myself in tomato sauce.

I have left an award for you here:

http://kitchenlaw.blogspot.com/2009/02/no-valentine-just-meatballs-in-romania.html

Peter M said...

Happy, love the background on the dish and it sounds very exotic...I'll have a serving too please.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the introduction to a new dish.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

luks yummmm....and the tutty-frutty ...lovely colour!!1

notyet100 said...

this looks so delish,,

Kevin said...

Those lamb meatballs sound really tasty!

pigpigscorner said...

This is new! Looks and sounds really delicious! The sauce...yum yum

Akal's Saappadu said...

looks delicious; We do a similar dish and call it kothana kari kozhambu. Yours is richly flavoured with saffron and cream, MMmm, yummy yummy! will be excellent with Parottas and Pulav too!

Linda said...

Hi HC -- I've only missed a few days and you are cooking up a storm! Cake, cookies, and what a rich dish this is! Looks lovely :)

Sig said...

Oh wow, it looks so good. Never heard of rista before, but I love lamb meatballs.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Nice to see a very new dish. Looks so good. Never heard abt it before. Ground lamb meat balls sounds so good. YUM!

Belated Valentine's Day wishes!!!

Raaga said...

this looks delish... maybe I can modify it to a veg dish... :)

Andhra Flavors said...

love the name rista. with saffron sauce, wonderful combo.

Sanghi said...

Great dish! u have wonderful recipies here! Keep it up! do visit mine.. :)

AnuSriram said...

Thats a nice name.... nice info and a beautiful idea given by Asha..

Sandeepa said...

What a beautiful name, never heard of a food by that name before.
That curry looks awesome

Jaya said...

Happy,
this is just the way Kashmiris prepare their Rista with dollops of ghee and milk.wish I can just taste it right now:)
hugs and smiles

Cath said...

Half and half is a US thing: half milk, half cream, sold pre-mixed. Light cream sounds like a good compromise. I am longing to make these but I have to wait a little while, as my partner is off red meat for now.

Cath said...

Hey, he went back on the meat, so I've done it. They were delicious, thank you!