Mughlai Meatball Lettuce Cups

Mughlai Meatball Lettuce Cups

These delicious, Indian spiced lettuce cups are perfect for potlucks, parties and barbecues.  An easy, flavourful finger food that can be largely prepared well in advance of your festivities. 

Mughlai Meatball Lettuce Cups | cookglobaleatlocal.comI confess I’m a sucker for ground meat kebabs.  Having lived and worked in India for over 10 years, my family adores the flavour profile of the many kebabs we ate at restaurants and parties.

The kebabs we remember so vividly are tender, rich, and bursting with flavour.   They are the perfect finger food, easy to nibble with cocktails or on the run.

These delicious kebabs are usually served with lemon juice, onions, and a sprinkling of fresh coriander.  Then, each diner adjusts the kebabs to his or her personal taste with cooling yoghurt sauce or coriander chutney.  Just thinking about them makes my mouth water!

About the Recipe

This recipe is inspired by those delicious kebabs that haunt my memories.  However, I’ve simplified them a bit by turning them into meatballs — which can be baked in the oven.

Mughlai Meatball Lettuce Cups |

Rather than serving the meatballs with bread, I’ve opted to nestle them in gem lettuce cups.  These little flavour bombs are complemented by a light yogurt sauce, while quick pickled onions add a pretty burst of colour.

Lettuce cups make great finger food.  However, they require punchy flavours to make them work.  These exotically seasoned meatballs, accompanied by a quick pickle and creamy sauce are just the ticket.

Don’t be intimidated by the number of steps or ingredients in this recipe.  It may seem like a lot at first glance.  But, you’ll be surprised how quickly it all comes together.

Best of all, you can prepare the meatballs entirely in advance.  Store fully cooked meatballs in the fridge or freezer.  Warm them at serving time, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and pop them in the lettuce cups at the last minute.

I hope your friends and family enjoy this tasty recipe as much as mine does.  Bon appétit!


Recipe Notes

f desired, ground beef may be substituted for ground lamb with equally tasty results. You may also wish to serve these with Cool and Spicy Mint Chutney for an extra punch of flavour!

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