Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Weight watchers lamb kofta meatballs and beef keema.

I love weight watchers, a diet plan that actually works for me. Following this diet plan alongside 3x weekly 1,000 calorie work outs has enabled me to maintain my weight loss of 2.5 stone, although I still would like to lose another half a stone. I have brought two further weight watchers cook book in the last few months: Cook Smart Nice and Spicy and Cook Smart. Both books are part of an 8 cook book series (Nice and Spicy, Baking, Simply Suppers, Soups, Entertaining, Desserts, Easy Everyday and Vegetarian) which allows readers to recreate their favourite recipes whilst ensuring it is low fat and healthy .
One of my favourite healthy meals which is quick and easy to make is "the curry". I think curry sometimes gets a bad rap for being unhealthy, stodgy and calorific. But that's not the case if you use minimal oil (fry light is good alongside water for browning meats), and have some lovely low fat recipe books to hand.
One of the first recipes I cooked from my Weight Watchers Cook Smart Hot and Spicy cook book is the Lamb Kofta curry. I was intrigued how the use of lamb mince could still make the curry low fat, alongside never trying kofta meatballs before. The dish was fairly simple to make, once I turned the lamb into little meatballs and heavily seasoned. The sauce is simple to, chopped tomatoes with several spices, vegetable stock and natural yogurt.
Here is how my dish turned out:
Lamb kofta curry with pilau rice
The recipe for lamb kofta meatballs is only 331 calories per serving and 8 pro points, of course with the pilau rice the calorie content may be an additional 200 -250 calories, but overall still a low fat meal.

Another dish that I would highly recommended for a delicious low calorie, low fat hearty meal is beef keema. I tend to have my currys with chapattis, and am unsure about the calorie content for homemade chapatis, but I tell myself it is low fat! This dish has 318 calories and 33 pro points.
Beef keema and chappatis.
For all those who want to eat delicious but low fat meals, I strongly recommend this book. I believe Tesco was selling this for £3 (well it was a few months ago)
Recipe for lamb kofta curry.
Serves 4
For the meatballs
1 onion, quartered
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 green chillies- de seeded and chopped
2.5 cm fresh root ginger, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander, plus extra to garnish
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
350g extra lean lamb mince
50g fresh breadcrumbs
salt and freshly ground pepper

For the curry sauce
2 teaspoons sunflower oil
1 onion, chopped finely
2 tablespoon medium curry powder
1 teaspoon cumin speeds
1/2 teaspoons hot chili powder
400 g can chopped tomatoes
150 ml vegetable stock
100 g low fat natural yogurt.

(1) To make the meatballs, whizz the onion, garlic, chilli, ginger and the 1 tablespoon of chopped coriander together in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the ground cumin, lamb mince, breadcrumbs and seasoning and pulse together until just mixed.
2) Shape into 20 small meatballs then chill, covered, for 30 minutes.
3) For the sauce, heat a large, lidded, non stick pan, add the oil and onion and soften the onion for 3 minutes.
4) Add the spices and cook for 30 seconds before stirring in the tomatoes and stock. Season and bring to a simmer, then gradually stir in the yogurt.
5) Slide in the chilled meatballs and gently push them down into the sauce. Cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes, shaking the pan from time to time to move the meatballs around. Serve garnished with chopped tomatoes.


  1. This looks yummy! I used to do WW but went off it for personal reason, other than weight. Its a long story.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing. I'm going to try this!

  2. I try to make low fat cakes too - that's more of a challenge ! x

  3. Wow! it's amazing how well you can eat on a weight loss plan!! Congrats on your loss - I really need to drop 20 lbs!!! if I can eat like this I think I might check out WW's !!
    Mary x

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