Pistachio Lamb Meatballs In Indian Curry Sauce

4 to 6 servings.

1 pound Ground lamb
½ cup Natural American pistachios, finely chopped,
(reserve 1 tablespoon for topping)
3 tablespoons Bread crumbs
½ to ¾ teaspoons Grated lemon peel
¼ teaspoon each Salt, pepper and ground cumin
2 tablespoons Melted butter or margarine
1 cup Chopped onions
2-½ teaspoons Curry powder
1-½ teaspoons Minced garlic
1 tablespoon each Sugar and cornstarch
3 cups Plain yogurt
Hot cooked rice
Chopped fresh coriander


Combine lamb, pistachios, egg, bread crumbs, lemon peel, salt, pepper and cumin; mix well. Shape into one-inch balls. Place in microwave-safe dish; cover with paper towel and micro-cook at HIGH (100%) 2 minutes. Turn meatballs; cover and microcook at HIGH 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and set aside while preparing sauce. Combine butter, onions, curry powder and garlic in microwave-safe dish. Micro-cook at HIGH 5 minutes; stir 2 to 3 times during cooking. Pour sauce over meatballs. Cover and micro-cook 2 minutes longer. To serve, spoon meatballs and sauce over rice. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and coriander.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!