Pearl Meatball Soup

Servings : Serves 4

A gorgeous, flavourful and healthy soup, filled with veggies and dozens of teeny tiny cute little pearl-sized meatballs. Can be had with some croutons/toast OR with some boiled rice thrown into it.

Ingredients for the Meatballs

  • 250 gm minced beef
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp. black pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp. chopped coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 chopped green chilli
  • 1/2 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp. breadcrumbs

Additional Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 medium potato, cubed
  • 1 medium carrot, cubed
  • 1 small green pepper/capsicum, cubed
  • 1 medium tomato, grated
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
  • 3-4 cups of water
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tsp. corn flour mixed with a bit of water to form a paste
  • 2 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped roughly
  • juice of 1 lemon


First, marinate the mince with all the ingredients listed in the first section of the ingredients list for about 30 minutes. When ready to start cooking, shape the meatballs, each no bigger than the tip of your thumb, they should be very small, about 1 inch each. Have them all ready on a plate, then begin making the soup. 

Heat oil in a pan, then add 2 small meatballs into it and crush them into the oil and fry until they are nicely brown (this will flavor the soup) Then add the garlic and the chopped tomatoes. Cook until all the water from the tomato dries, then add the vegetables and stir fry for couple of minutes. Add the salt, black pepper and cumin powder. Cook for a minute then add the water into the pot, stir and cover. Turn the heat down to medium-low.

Once the soup starts simmering, drop the prepared meatballs one by one into the soup. Once all are in, let them simmer in there with the pot partially covered for about 30 minutes. Then add the corn flour paste to thicken the soup very slightly. Cook for another 2-3 minutes and turn off the heat.

Adjust salt and sprinkle the chopped coriander and lemon juice if you want. Serve as is or add some boiled rice into it then serve.

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