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Zucchini Balls in a Spicy Coconut Sauce

zucchini balls

Now that’s a spicy meatball!  Well, zucchini ball….this is a delicious way of using up the summer zucchini.  Simply grate it, add spices and serve in a yummy sauce and voila!!    The sauce is just simple to make and could be used on its own with other veggies/fish/meat   The zucchini balls are very light and tastes great with the added spices.   If you do not want to fry them, bake them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 180C/350F – they stay a bit firmer.  Either way, they taste great!

Zucchini balls

As usual, the flour of my choice that binds the ball mixture together is coconut flour.  You could substitute with another, but I prefer this as it just sucks up the moisture like an overzealous Dyson Vaccum Cleaner!

Zucchini Balls in a Spicy Coconut Sauce

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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2-3 large zucchini

1 chilli pepper, de-seeded

2-3 spring onions, finely chopped

2cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1 small bunch fresh coriander

1/3 cup coconut flour

3-4 tblspsn coconut oil


1 onion, peeled and chopped

2cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated

2 garlic cloves

1 red chilli, de-seeded

2 tblspn coconut oil

1/4 tspn tumeric

1/4 tspn chilli powder

1 tspn ground cumin

1 tsn ground coriander

250ml coconut cream (use half coconut milk if you don’t have this)

1 can peeled tomatoes

1 small bunch fresh coriander, chopped

Zucchini balls


  • Grate the zucchini and place in a colander (or sieve).  Sprinkle with salt and leave for 30 minutes.  (This is to remove the excess water).
  • For the sauce, put the onion, chilli and ginger in a food processor.  Add 3 tblspns water and blend to a paste.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a pan and add the turmeric, chilli powder and coriander,   Add the mixture from the blender and gently fry for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the remaining spices, coconut cream and tomatoes and cook for about 20 minutes.  Add the fresh chopped coriander.
  • Squeeze the zucchini so that any excess moisture comes out.
  • Place in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients (except the coconut oil) and blend well.
  • Form into balls (you may need to add more flour to shape them).
  • Heat the coconut oil on a medium heat and fry the balls, turning them, until golden brown.
  • Place the balls in the sauce and serve.
  • Eat and enjoy!

Zucchini balls

Makes 10 balls

Nutritional Information per ball – 107 Calories, 9g Fat, 2g Protein, 7g Total Carbs, 3g Fibre, 4g Net Carbs

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    September 28, 2016 at 4:29 am

    This recipe is absolutely delish! Even my carnivorous husband thinks it’s amazeballs ?

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      Angela Coleby
      September 28, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Yah! Glad to hear it!

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    March 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    The gravy looks absolutely delicious! I am going to try making this tonight : )

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      March 4, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Ooh.. Let me know what you think of this.. It’s one of my personal favourites!

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