Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Boller i karry (Meatballs in Curry Sauce)

Mom didn't make this dish a whole lot, but when she did, I really enjoyed it.  I also realized it had been a long time since I'd had this. 

Since I had all the ingredients, handy, I decided to go ahead and make it.   Even though I knew that it was way more than I could eat in one sitting or two or three.  

I'm talking Boller i Karry - Meatballs in Curry Sauce. 

Boller i Karry

However, the meatballs freeze beautifully and I now have enough for a couple more dishes. 

Here's a couple of the progress pictures. 

Meatball mixture
meatballs simmering, and some of the onion escaped the meatballs, but they just added to the flavour.

Meatballs simmering (Boller)

apples and onions, with the curry added

Apples and onions with curry

Sauce with apples and onions

Curry sauce with apples

Cooked meatballs - don't look like much, but they do have a nice flavour.  And these were a touch on the big side, but I ate them anyway.   And froze the rest using my Foodsaver. 

Cooked meatballs (Boller)

I'm thinking soup, specifically this soup, Klar suppe med kødboller og melboller.  Soup with meatballs and dumplings.  I made some lovely pork stock the other day, and froze it, so I'm set to go.  I'll tell you how I made that in another post.

I also have enough meatballs for this dish, Boller i Selleri (Meatballs and Celeriac), just as soon as I find some celeriac for sale.   Not an easy task I tell you.  But when the mouth wants some, it wants it.  

Boller i Karry

Boller i Karry

Yield: 2-6
Author: Sid's Sea Palm Cooking
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 35 Min
This is a true taste of my childhood, grownup style.


  • 1 lb. unseasoned ground pork
  • 1 small minced or grated onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-2 cups liquid the meatballs cooked in
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1-2 teaspoons mild or hot curry powder
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely diced
  • Opt. add 1/2 mild onion, finely diced or minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter (to cook apple in)
  • 1 cup uncooked rice, cooked according to instructions on package.


  1. Place the meat, onion, eggs, milk, flour, salt and pepper into the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix together for about 5 minutes.
  2. Bring 4-6 cups lightly salted water to the boil using one teaspoon of salt, then turn down to a light simmer. (salting the water is optional, but it does help the flavour).
  3. Form the meatballs into quenelles (think small football shapes), and place into lightly simmering water. Do not let boil. If it looks like it might boil, throw a couple of ice cubes in to keep it to a simmer.
  4. Cook the meatballs until done, about 10 minutes.
  5. Take meatballs out and let drain, reserving the cooking water.
  1. Peel and dice the apples and set aside. If using onions, peel and finely dice them as well.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a saucepan and add the curry power and the apples and onions if using them. Let saute until the apples are softened and onions are cooked through, about 5-9 minutes. Adding the curry powder to the sauteing apples and onions, helps the curry flavour to bloom.
  3. Add the 2 tablespoons butter and flour to the pan and stir together with the curry, apples and onions. Add 2-3 cups of the reserved cooking liquid (from the meatballs), and whisk through. Let cook for a couple of minutes to thicken. I used my immersion blender at this point and make a smooth sauce. You can leave the apples in little chunks if you wish. Simmer for up to 5 minutes, taste and adjust seasonings at this point and add more salt if needed.
  4. Add in the cooked meatballs and heat through. Serve with Rice or noodles if desired. We always had rice, so that's my carb of choice.

 Notes:  Traditionally this is made with mild curry powder, but I like it spicy so I used a spicy curry powder mixture.  

You do need to season this to your own taste.  Want more salt, add more, need more butter, use more.  Make this to your taste.

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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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