Momo Meatballs
By :Coco Morante
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This is one of my favorite recipes, inspired by a mind-blowingly delicious meal of momos (aka Nepalese pot stickers) I enjoyed one year at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco. Folding beautiful dumplings is time-consuming and takes a lot of experience, however, so I’ve instead taken the basic flavors and infused them into turkey meatballs, adding rice to the ground meat for a one-pot meal—less work, similar flavors, and totally satisfying. I like them on their own, on top of zucchini noodles, or served with cauliflower rice on the side.
Votes: 9
Rating: 4
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Tomatoes, Turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
12 meatballs
Ingredients
Sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or other neutral oil with high smoke point
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes 2 cans, about 3 cups
  • 1/2 cup Water
Meatballs 
  • 1 pound ground turkey 93 percent lean
  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice or quick-cooking brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon ras el hanout spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Chutney 
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves and stems included
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 large green onion white and green parts cut into 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Tomatoes, Turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
12 meatballs
Ingredients
Sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or other neutral oil with high smoke point
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes 2 cans, about 3 cups
  • 1/2 cup Water
Meatballs 
  • 1 pound ground turkey 93 percent lean
  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice or quick-cooking brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon ras el hanout spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Chutney 
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves and stems included
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 large green onion white and green parts cut into 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
Votes: 9
Rating: 4
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Instructions
To make the sauce
  1. Select the Sauté setting on the Instant Pot and heat the oil. Add the onion and sauté for 10 minutes, until softened and beginning to brown.
  2. Add the tomatoes and water, stir to mix well, and bring to a simmer. 
To make the meatballs
  1. In a bowl, combine the turkey, rice, ras el hanout, and salt and mix with your hands until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Don’t worry about overmixing, as you want the rice and spices to be evenly incorporated into the meat.
  2. When everything is well combined, shape the mixture into 12 meatballs each slightly larger than a golf ball. 
  3. Place the meatballs in a single layer in the simmering sauce and spoon a little of the sauce over the top of each one.
  4. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Press the Cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select the Poultry setting and set the cooking time for 15 minutes at high pressure. 
  5. While the meatballs are cooking, make the chutney.
For the Chutney
  1. In a mini chopper or in a mortar with a pestle, combine all of the chutney ingredients and process or grind into a rough paste. 
Finishing
  1. When the timer goes off, you can perform a quick release by moving the Pressure Release to Venting, or you can let the pressure release naturally and leave the meatballs on the Keep Warm setting for up to 10 hours. 
  2. Serve the meatballs in their sauce with a spoonful of chutney on top of each.
6 replies
  1. Kerryfield
    Kerryfield says:

    I iust want to confirm (before i try!) is the rice that you add to the meat mixture cooked or uncooked?

  2. Delgabertan
    Delgabertan says:

    Very good dish. The chutney gave it great contrast to the spice. We used cooked rice to mix with the ground turkey.i think it works as a binding agent. Will make this again!

  3. Djderive
    Djderive says:

    We used uncooked jasmine rice and they came out great. We’ve made them a few times now and they will be part of the regular rotation!

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