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Indian-Spiced Lamb Meatloaf


Serves 8

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 109

Warm garam masala, fresh ginger, chiles and cilantro give this lamb meatloaf a curry-like flavor profile. Create your own customized meatloaf recipe with the Recipe Maker.

  • 2 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. canola or olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup small-diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup small-diced carrots
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 oz. medium-coarse white bread, such as Italian or French, cut into 2-inch pieces (about 2-1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped jalapeño pepper (seeded if you like)
  • 2 tsp. peeled and finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. honey

Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a 10- to 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the onion, bell peppers, carrots, and garlic, stirring frequently, until softened and just beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool until warm.

In a shallow dish that holds it in a single layer, soak the bread in the milk, flipping once, until soggy but not falling apart, 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the coarseness and freshness of the bread. Lightly squeeze a handful of bread at a time to remove some of the milk (it should be wet but not drenched). Finely chop and add to the bowl with the vegetable mixture.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.

Add the beef, lamb and eggs to the vegetable mixture. Scatter the cilantro, jalapeño, ginger, and garam masala over the meat, and then sprinkle with the Worcestershire, 2-1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Use your hands to gently mix all the ingredients until just combined; try not to compact the mixture as you do this.

Heat the remaining 1 tsp. of oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Form 1 Tbs. of the meatloaf mixture into a small patty. When the oil is hot, cook the patty on both sides until cooked through, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and let cool slightly. Taste and adjust the salt, pepper, and other seasonings as needed. Repeat until you're satisfied with the flavor.

Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment. Transfer the meatloaf mixture to the baking pan and form into a 10x4-inch rectangular block (it becomes loaf-shaped as it cooks). Spread the honey over the top and lightly down the sides of the meatloaf to glaze it.

Bake until an instant-read thermometer registers 160°F in the center of the meatloaf, 40 to 55 minutes.

Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board or serving platter with a large spatula and cut into 3/4- to 1-inch-thick slices.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 360, Fat (kcal): 21, Fat Calories (g): 190, Saturated Fat (g): 7, Protein (g): 26, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9, Carbohydrates (mg): 17, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 2.5, Sodium (g): 560, Cholesterol (g): 135, Fiber (g): 1,

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is quite delicious but I did make some slight revisions. I omitted the ground beef and kept it all lamb. I don't associate jalapeño with Indian food so swapped that for a little cayenne pepper and also added a little toasted and ground fennel seed and some ground cardamom. Also added some pureed sweet potato and coconut milk as an accompaniment. Might have to try this with a mango chutney glaze next time.

The flavor and aroma of this meatloaf are wonderful. I love Indian food and have had a good deal of it through Malayali friends. My quibble with this meatloaf is that it does seem to cause a bit of GI upset. I don't know if that's due to the pepper or just the sheer amount of herbs/spices added to the meat. Regardless, I wouldn't be serving this to American guests.

This is my husband's favorite dish! Perfect on a cold winter day and great leftover! Wouldn't change a thing. Sometimes I add extra honey to glaze because it creates the best crust.

too hot to taste anything - andd that s from a chile_ lover. So tame this d0wn to western palates and it"ll be great.

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