Masala Turkey Meatloaf

meatloaf

Meatloaf. It’s one of those dishes that has always seemed unappealing, but is secretly delicious. I decided to put my own spin on the classic comfort food by, of course, adding South Indian flavors. Hope you like it!

THE INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-in ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • ½ tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • ¾ cup ground almonds
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3⁄4 cup spicy chili sauce

 Spicy Chili Sauce Ingredients

  • 6 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
  • seeds from 4 cardamom pods, ground
  • 1tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp peppercorns, ground
  • ½ tbsp salt

 HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F
  2. Let’s start with making the spicy chili sauce. In a pressure cooker, add the tomatoes, garlic, onions, and cinnamon stick. Let it cook on high for about 10 minutes. Once this has cooled in the pressure cooker, add the ingredients (removing the cinnamon stick) to a blender and turn it into a pulp. Strain and pour into a sauce pan on medium-high heat. Now, add the brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cardamom, cumin, peppercorn, and salt. Once this begins to boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer until it gets thick (like ketchup). Done! Set this aside and let’s move on to the meat.
  3. Heat up a saute pan with a little ghee and add the cumin, garam masala, turmeric, red chili powder along with the onions, garlic, and ginger and cook until lightly browned. Once this is cool, in a large bowl, combine everything in the pan with the remaining ingredients, except the spicy chili sauce. (I’m using ground almonds as a substitute for panko FYI.) Make sure everything is mixed well and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Put mixture in a lightly greased 5×9 inch loaf pan and pour the spicy chili sauce over the meatloaf.
  5. Bake for about one hour. This goes really well with mashed cauliflower or basmati rice.

Serves: 6-8

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