Well today we actually give praise to meatballs which is usually made with the cheapest cuts of meat available, Italian immigrants tried creative new ways to make the meatball appealing. Canned tomatoes were cheap and widely available, so Italians leaned heavily on the marinara sauce. South Africans have since added their own ingredients and have labelled them ‘Frikkadels’! We love to serve them on fresh white bread with butter and Mrs Balls Chutney!

Every element in this recipe builds a flavourful and moist frikkadel but what makes them truly juicy is adding the bread crumbs. They are tender all the way through. The moist bread crumbs also help these reheat really well. Make these and you will be known for your meatballs.


  • 1 chopped purple onion
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground mince
  • Pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Cumin seed
  • 3 slices of white bread soaked in water or milk
  • Chilli powder
  • Chopped coriander
  • 1 grated clove of garlic


  • Mix all your ingredients together. Set this mix aside and plant in theĀ  fridge for 20 minutes.
  • After your 20 minutes of fridge time, shape some of the mix into your hands and shape into balls
  • Add oil to a pan on medium heat and add the balls to the oil. Flatten the balls slightly
  • Brown your frikkadels on both sides

Serve with steamed rice, mashed potato or on fresh white bread!