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Joe's Meat-Free Meatball Masala

Joe's Meat-Free Meatball Masala

4rating out of 5

(1216 reviews from our customers)

Prep Time

35 min



"I love a curry, and this veggie one's a winner! You'll spice meat-free meatballs with cumin, chilli and mint, and chuck 'em in an easy spinach and tomato sauce with brown rice to the side! Healthy curry for the win!"

Prep Time

35 min



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For 2 people (double for 4)
1 brown onion
130g brown rice
1 red chilli
1 tomato
1 garlic clove
15g fresh root ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp curry powder
5g mint
120g baby leaf spinach
Kallo vegetable stock cube
1 Kallo vegetable stock cube †
1 tomato paste sachet (32g)
Meat free mince (200g)
200g Meatless Farm mince †
You Will Need
Salt, vegetable oil

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 brown onion
  • 130g brown rice
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 15g fresh root ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 5g mint
  • 120g baby leaf spinach
  • Kallo vegetable stock cube<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 tomato paste sachet (32g)
  • 200g Meatless Farm mince<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 610 kJ
145 kcal
2198 kJ
521 kcal
of which saturates
4 g
1.1 g
14.6 g
4.1 g
of which sugars
17.4 g
2.5 g
62.6 g
9.1 g
Fibre 3.1 g 11.1 g
Protein 8.7 g 31.5 g
Salt 0.97 g 3.49 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 brown onion
brown onion
130g brown rice
brown basmati rice (100%)
1 red chilli
red chilli
1 tomato
1 garlic clove
15g fresh root ginger
Ginger (100%) Keep the Ginger chilled.
1 tsp ground cumin
ground cumin
1 tbsp curry powder
cumin seed, coriander seed, onion powder, turmeric, salt, granulated sugar, chilli powder, garlic powder, paprika, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, fenugreek, cassia, bay leaves, cloves, natural flavouring
5g mint
mint (100%)
120g baby leaf spinach
Kallo vegetable stock cube
sea salt, potato starch, sustainable palm oil, sugar, vegetables (6.8%) (CELERY, onion, carrot, parsnip, tomato), sunflower oil, yeast extract, caramelised sugar, herbs and spices (lovage, turmeric, parsley, black pepper)
1 tomato paste sachet (32g)
200g Meatless Farm mince
Water, soya protein concentrate, soya protein isolate, rapeseed oil, pea protein, shea oil, coconut oil, chicory root fibre, thickener: methyl cellulose, caramelised carrot concentrate, carrot fibre, rice protein, vegetable and fruit extracts (beetroot, radish, tomato), yeast extracts, flavouring, carrot concentrate, emulsifier: soya lecithin, antioxidant: ascorbic acid, salt, vitamins and minerals (niacin, zinc, iron, B6, B2 (riboflavin), B1 (thiamin), B12)
  • Allergens highlighted by † (celery, soya)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)

Boil a full kettle

Strip the mint leaves from their stems and chop them finely, discard the stems

Cut the red chilli[es] in half lengthways, deseed (scrape the seeds out with a teaspoon) and chop finely


Add the meat-free mince, chopped mint, ground cumin and half of the chopped chilli (can't handle the heat? Go easy!) to a bowl

Using clean hands, give everything a very good mix up until fully combined

Divide the meat-free mince mixture into 10 [20] and roll into meatballs


Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) over a medium-high heat with 1 tbsp [2 tbsp] vegetable oil

Once hot, add the meat-free meatballs and cook for 3-5 min or until browned

Once browned, transfer them to a plate and reserve the pan for later


Rinse the brown rice, add it to a pot with plenty of cold water and bring to the boil over a high heat

Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15-20 min or until it's tender with a slight bite

Once cooked, drain, return it to the pot and keep covered until serving


Peel and finely chop the brown onion[s] and garlic

Peel (scrape the skin off with a teaspoon) and finely chop (or grate) the ginger

Roughly chop the tomato[es]

Return the reserved pan to a medium heat with a drizzle of vegetable oil

Once hot, add the chopped onion with a pinch of salt and cook for 4-6 min or until softened


Dissolve 1/2 [1] Kallo vegetable stock cube in 200ml [400ml] boiled water

Once the onion has softened, add the chopped ginger, garlic, tomato paste, curry powder and chopped tomato and cook for 1 min

Add the vegetable stock and browned meat-free meatballs to the pan and cook, covered, for 10-12 min or until the sauce has thickened to a curry-like consistency - this is your meat-free meatball masala


Whilst the sauce is thickening, wash the spinach, then add it to a colander and pour boiled water all over it so that it starts to wilt

Rinse the wilted spinach under the cold tap until it's cool

Once cool, squeeze the water out of the spinach as much as you can

Once the sauce has thickened, stir the wilted spinach through the masala


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Serve the meat-free meatball masala over the brown rice

Garnish with the remaining chopped chilli (not a fan of spice? Just add a little!)


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