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Sri Lankan Frikadells (Meat Balls)    HT  MC  PFC  Sri Lankan  65mins

Sri Lankan name: Mas Cutlis

Serves 4    Hot Beef Vegetables Spices Herbs Main Course   Sri Lanka Ceylon Ceylonese Asia Asian

450g/1lb Potato, peeled and cut into chunks
225b/8oz Minced Beef
Salt and Black Pepper
1 tbsp Vinegar
teasp Ground Cinnamon
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
1 tbsp freshly chopped Mint Leaves
1 Green Chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 Stick of Celery, finely chopped
A little flour
2 Eggs, beaten
50g/2oz Fresh Breadcrumbs
Oil for Deep frying


1. Boil the potatoes in plenty of salted water for about 20 minutes or until soft.

2. Drain the cooked potatoes very well then mash. Do not add any butter or milk to the potatoes. Set aside.

3. Season the mince with salt, pepper, cinnamon and vinegar then heat the oil in a frying pan, add the beef and cook for 3-4 minutes until browned on all sides.

4. Add the onion, garlic, mint leaves, chili and celery and continue to cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.

5. Remove the pan from the heat, allow to cool a little, then add the mashed potato mix well.

6. Take heaped tablespoons of the mixture and, using floured hands, roll into small balls then dip each meatball into the egg before coating with the bread crumbs.

7. Heat the oil to 180C/350F then deep fry the meat balls for a few minutes until browned on all sides. You may have to do this in batches. Drain well on kitchen paper. Serve hot with rice and chutney or sambols.

Excellent for buffets and parties too just double or treble the quantities



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Serve with a green vegetable


Key techniques used in this recipe

Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

Simmer - To maintain the temperature of a liquid at just below boiling.


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