Make these classic Moroccan meatballs for a comforting family dinner. Also check out more delicious meatball recipes, such as our lamb meatball shakshuka and vegetarian meatballs.


  • 500g lean minced lamb
  • 1 red onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2cm chunk root ginger, grated
  • a pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • olive oil
  • 2 × 400g tins plum tomatoes
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • ½ bunch coriander, chopped


  • 200g couscous
  • 50g butter
  • 350ml chicken stock, boiling
  • ½ bunch coriander, chopped
  • ½ bunch parsley, chopped


  • STEP 1

    Put the lamb, onion, half the garlic, half the ginger and half the spices in a bowl and season well. Mix (clean hands are best) and form into little meatballs (you’ll make around 30).

  • STEP 2

    Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large non-stick pan and add the meatballs in batches, frying until browned all over. scoop out, then add the rest of the garlic, ginger and spices and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stock and season. Simmer for 10 minutes, then add back the meatballs and cook for another 20 minutes until sauce is thickened. Stir in the coriander.

  • STEP 3

    To make the couscous put in a bowl with the butter and some seasoning. pour over the chicken stock and cover with clingfilm. Leave for 10 minutes. stir the herbs through and serve with meatballs.

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