Sri Lankan Frikkadels

Frikkadels or “forced meat” are small savoury meatballs made of beef. This Dutch inspired dish is given a fragrant twist by the Burghers in Sri Lanka and is used exclusively in the banana wrapped lamprais (rice parcels).


  • 500 g minced beef
  • 1 thick slice of bread (slightly roasted & grated)
  • 1 tblsp chopped red onions
  • 1-1/2 tsp sweet cumin (slightly roasted and ground)
  • a pinch of saffron
  • 1 tsp chopped fennel
  • 3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 2 slices green ginger (chopped)
  • 1 tsp powdered cinnamon
  • 5 cloves, pepper and salt
  • 1 egg
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • biscuit powder
  • ghee for frying


Season the meat with pepper, salt, cloves and cinnamon; add the onions and grated bread and moisten with the lime juice and egg slightly beaten. Mix well together until mixture gets sticky and make into small balls. Dip in the beaten egg, roll in biscuit powder and fry in hot ghee.