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Farro & Masala Meatball Bowl

An easy healthy bowl that comes together in less than 30 minutes. A kid favorite too
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: bowl, dinner, healthy, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bowls, healthy, indian recipes, kid friendly, less than 30 minutes, meatballs, turkey
Servings: 3 people
Author: beyond.curry



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • place the farro, meatballs and sweet potatoes in a bowl. Add your choice of fix ins and enjoy!