Gluten Free Meatball Recipe

vertical kanda in cast iron skillet

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This Gluten Free Meatball Recipe is known as Kanda in the Central African Republic. It’s made with ground beef and a special ingredient…. Pumpkin seeds! Serve these up the traditional way (with onion tomato sauce) or on a bed of pasta with pasta sauce! Either way, this Gluten Free Meatball Recipe (kanda) is delicious! 

If you like experimenting with foods, this is a great recipe for you to try! Who doesn’t like a good meatball?? Seriously, no one. Not a soul. 

Meatballs are a good, classic favorite. So if you want to try some global experimentation in your kitchen without TOO big of a risk, this is the recipe for you. 

Kanda is a recipe that, so far, I’ve only seen a variation of from the Central African Republic. This kanda recipe feature pumpkin seeds ground into a powder. In this recipe we mix the pumpkin seeds with beef to make delicious and simple meatballs. 

In the Central African Republic, there’s also another form of kanda called Kanda ti nyma, which, instead of pumpkin seeds, is made with okra and peanuts.

What is in this Recipe for Gluten Free Meatballs?

Ground beef
Pumpkin seeds
Onion
Garlic
Salt 
Black pepper
Cold water 

For full measurements and instructions, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. 

How to Make Kanda 

In a food processor or blender, grind the pumpkin seeds to a powder.

Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and grind until fully combined. 

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour. 

Heat some olive oil in a cast iron skillet.

Roll the mixture into meatballs about the size of golf balls. Place them in the pan, and use tongs to turn them as they cook, ensuring that they brown on all sides and cook through. It will take about 15 or so minutes. 

You may need to cook them in two batches. 

Serve with whatever sauce you’d like.

How to Serve your Gluten Free Meatball Recipe

The traditional way to make this gluten free meatball recipe is by placing the meatballs in a tomato and onion sauce. You can even serve it with rice! 

The way that we served them in my family was to put them over a bed of spaghetti noodles. The next day, we served them just with a side of pasta sauce, similar to how they’re enjoyed in the Central African Republic. Both days they were deeelicious, and definitely a do-over meal in my house!

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Kanda (Gluten Free Meatballs)

This Gluten Free Meatball Recipe is known as Kanda in the Central African Republic. It’s made with ground beef and a special ingredient…. Pumpkin seeds! Serve these up the traditional way (with onion tomato sauce) or on a bed of pasta with pasta sauce! Either way, this Gluten Free Meatball Recipe (kanda) is delicious! 

Course dinner, Main Course, meat
Cuisine central african republic
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
resting time 1 hour
Servings 36 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef meat
  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Cold water

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or blender, grind the pumpkin seeds to a powder.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and grind until fully combined.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. Heat some olive oil in a cast iron skillet.
  5. Roll the mixture into meatballs about the size of golf balls. Place them in the pan, and use tongs to turn them as they cook, ensuring that they brown on all sides. It will take about 15 or so minutes.
  6. You may need to cook them in two batches.
  7. Serve with whatever sauce you’d like.

Recipe Notes

Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 

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