Gushtaba (spicy meat balls in a yogurt sauce) recipe

By Meena Pathak and Sunil Menon

  1. Serves 4-6
  2. Ready in 1 hour
  3. Rating

This Indian recipe for Gushtaba, or spicy meat balls in a yogurt sauce, is utterly delicious.

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Gushtaba (spicy meat balls in a yogurt sauce)


  1. 450g finely minced lamb
  2. 1 tsp ground paprika
  3. 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  4. 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  5. 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  6. 1 tsp ground black pepper
  7. 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  8. 2cm piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
  9. 120g plain natural yogurt
  10. Plain flour, for dusting
  11. 1 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
  12. 1 tbsp Patak’s Rogan Josh Curry Paste
  13. 200ml whipping cream
  14. Large pinch of unrefined sugar
  15. 1 tsp garam masala


  1. 1. Put the mince in a large bowl. Add the paprika, chilli powder, fennel seeds, coriander, pepper, cardamom and ginger. Add 1 tablespoon yogurt, then use your hands to mix together. Shape into 16-18 balls or koftas, using a little flour to prevent sticking.
  2. 2. Heat the ghee or oil in a frying pan and fry the meatballs, in batches if necessary, for 10-15 minutes, until cooked. Set aside on kitchen paper.
  3. 3. Add the curry paste to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the cream, sugar and a little salt. Return the meatballs to the pan and heat through. Stir in the remaining yogurt and sprinkle with garam masala.
  4. 4. Transfer to bowls and serve with chapattis or biryani rice.


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July 20

This is very tasty. My son made this for us (he's not an experienced cook) , it was nice and easy and it was full of flavour - great.

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