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Farro & Masala Meatball Bowl

Servings 3


  • 1 cup farro soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1 tsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds / sabut jeera
  • 1/2 tsp asafetida / hing
  • 2 cups water
Sweet Potato
  • 2 sweet potatoes large cut into 2" cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder / dhania powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder / kashmiri mirch
  • 2 tsp dry mango powder / amchur optional
Turkey Meatballs
  • 16 oz minced turkey
  • 1 shallot  finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric / haldi
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tsp  fine semolina / rava
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese optional
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
To Serve
  • cherry tomatoes
  • scallions chopped
  • avocado slices
  • toasted sesame or garlic


  • In a pressure cooker or heavy bottomed pan heat the ghee and add cumin seeds.
  • Once the seeds splutter add the asafetida and drained farro. Mix well and cook on medium low for 3 minutes.
  • Next add the salt, water, and pressure on medium high for 2 whistles. If using a heavy bottomed pan, bring to a boil and then cook covered for 15 -20 minutes stirring and checking for the farro to be cooked and most of the water absorbed.
Turkey Meatballs
  • Mix all the ingredients and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed pan/ cast iron pan and add the oil.
  • Make 12 balls and put a tsp of shredded cheese in the center and seal it in. I like to use mozzarella but you can use whatever at hand or leave it out completely.
Sweet Potatoes
  • Preheat oven to 425 F. Spray a baking sheet with some cooking spray.
  • In a bowl mix the spices, with the oil and toss the sweet potatoes in it.
  • Spread on the sheet pan and put in oven for 15 -20 minutes on the medium rack.
  • Place the meatballs in the hot pan and cook for 15- 20 minutes turning them over halfway to get a nice crisp on both sides. Usually I cook the meatballs to 170F internal temperature.
  • Once the meatballs are done, reduce the heat to low, add the lemon juice and some water to deglaze the pan. Mix it well and take it off the heat.
To Assemble
  • Place the farro, meatballs and sweet potatoes in a bowl. Add your choice of fix ins and enjoy!
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