Indian Methi Chicken Meatballs Recipe

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Healthy Chicken Meatballs recipe with Indian Fenugreek

Since cooking is one my many loves, keeping my-self away from writing a recipe was a stupid idea anyways. I knew I will do a post on cooking someday and hopelessly categorizing it as a DIY! For anyone who loves Chicken, Meatballs and Fenugreek (methi in India), this recipe is a perfect Quick side-dish. However you can replace Spinach for Fenugreek in case you dislike methi.

Cooking time: 20-25mins

Serves: 4 people

You Will Need:

  • Chicken mince- 500gms
  • One finely chopped Onion
  • Green chillies -2 finely minced (optional)
  • Refined Oil- 1.5tbsp (or as required for frying)
  • 1 Cup Fenugreek leaves (coarsely chopped)
  • ½ tsf Garam Masala
  • 3 Cloves of garlic- minced
  • Cinnamon stick- 1 Inch
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1-2 Star Anise
  • Bread crumbs- 2tsf
  • ¼ teaspoonful ground Black pepper
  • 5 Cups water
  • Salt to taste




  1. First mix minced chicken with chopped onion, minced green chillies (omit if you can’t stand hotness), garam masala powder, minced garlic, ground black pepper, breadcrumbs and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix and make lemon sized balls by rolling on palms with minimal oil so that they don’t stick. Keep aside.
  2. Now in a separate pan add 1 teaspoon cooking oil, a pinch of salt, Bay Leaf, Star Anise and Cinnamon in 5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  3. Now drop chicken balls carefully in boiling water and wait till checking fork comes clean out of the ball. (Tip: Once balls are cooked, they will rise automatically and float on atop. Insert a fork in one of the balls for double-checking).
  4. Strain the balls out and discard water (or preserve the water to be used in other dishes as it is a flavourful chicken stock now).
  5. Take another pan and heat cooking refined oil on a medium flame and add garlic mince.
  6. Once garlic gives a mild aroma in about 30 secs, add chopped Fenugreek or Spinach leaves for 5-7mins till the leaves wilt. Don’t higher the flame.
  7. Now add chicken balls and Salt to taste. Cook for 1-2 mins more.
  8. Remove from flame and Serve Hot!




I like to have it with plain Tawa Rotis, plain Paranthas or Steamed Rice.

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