An interesting meat ball recipe that can be your one-dish meal wrapped in a tortilla

Looking for one-dish meals? This one can be an option. The Albondigas or the meat balls are made of minced lamb and all you need is a tortilla or a traditional roti to make it a wrap.

The dish has been sent to us by Neeraj Tyagi, Executive Chef, The Claridges, New Delhi.

Classic lamb Albondigas

Ingredients (for four portions)

450 gms lamb, minced

2 egg yolk

40 gms butter, unsalted

5 gms garlic, chopped

Salt to taste

Refined oil for frying

5 gms thyme, chopped

100 gms onion, chopped

100 ml olive oil

5 gms chilli flakes

25 gms cherry tomatoes, halved

3 gms black pepper

300 ml tomato puree

Few basil leaves

Few parsley leaves

10 ml extra virgin olive oil


In a bowl, mix together lamb mince, chopped onion, butter, chopped thyme, egg yolk, salt and crushed black pepper. Mix well and keep it inside the refrigerator for 1 hour.

After an hour, take it out from the refrigerator. Scoop out a little mixture into your wet hands and roll it out into small balls.

Deep fry these lamb balls in medium hot oil till they get a golden brown colour and are cooked from inside as well.

Drain on kitchen paper towel.

On the side, heat the olive oil in a sauce pan, add chopped garlic, onion and sauté till translucent.

Now, add chilli flakes, halved cherry tomatoes and tomato puree, cook the mixture for two minutes, add a little water and season it with salt and crushed black pepper.

Throw in some torn basil leaves and add your cooked meat balls, simmer for one minute.

Serve hot with a garnish of chopped parsley and drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

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