Cooking With My Mom + Q&A

Making meatball curry and asking mom all the important questions like – what does she think about my youtube channel? And – how do you keep your house from being curry scented?

Side note: This recipe ended up being Sophia’s favorite food to date. She couldn’t get enough! She’s not into bland simple foods like Adam is – she must have got that from her Pakistani side!

Here’s the recipe:

4 lbs Ground Chicken

4 medium Onions (diced)

4 tomatoes

10 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons fresh ginger (chopped)

1 bunch Cilantro

1 Jalapeno pepper (if desired)

Spices: salt turmeric ground coriander ground cumin whole cumin seeds red chili pepper garam masala

For curry: Brown onions in oil and set aside 1/2 cup to add to meatballs add Tomatoes, garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander, red chili powder, ground cumin, some water. Stir, top with lid and let simmer while you make meatballs.

Meatballs: In a large bowl, add (the previously set aside) fried onions, garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, salt, turmeric, red chili, ground coriander, chopped fresh cilantro and jalapeno pepper to the ground chicken. mix to combine. Form balls with hands oiled up a bit. After checking to see the curry is not too dry, if it is add a little water., then top pan with lid (handle down) and start placing meatballs on lid as you form them.

Note: This step is totally not required but it helps keep meatballs from falling apart and it also looks cool IMO. When you are done you can also take a blender and cream the contents of the pan for a smoother curry. Then add meatballs and cook.

Approximately 10 mins of cook time, but double check to see they are cooked through. Enjoy ~~~~~

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
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