If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. As original member Randy Stine comments, “We take the music very seriously;
Serves 6 750g lean minced pork 1 onion, very finely chopped 1 egg, lightly beaten 50g breadcrumbs 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 1 teasp. garam masala 6cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped 4 tablesp. fresh coriander, chopped Salt and freshly-ground black pepper 1 tablesp rapeseed oil 2 tablesp. curry paste 200g fresh tomatoes, chopped 200ml coconut milk 1 tablesp. lemon juice
Heat the oven to Gas Mark 7, 220°C (425°F).
Put the mince, onion, egg, breadcrumbs, chilli, garam masala, half the ginger and half the coriander in a bowl. Season with a little salt and black pepper. Mix well then shape into small balls – approximately 4cm in diameter. Put the meatballs in a large roasting tin and drizzle over the oil. Toss gently. Place in the oven and cook until golden, about 15 minutes.
While the meatballs are cooking make the sauce. Heat a frying pan and add the curry paste and remaining ginger. Cook for a minutes, stirring all the time. Then add the tomatoes and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 5 minutes.
Pour the sauce over the meatballs, mix well. Return them to the oven and cook for another 20 minutes. Just before serving stir in the lemon juice and scatter over the remaining coriander and the almonds. Serve with steamed rice and lightly toasted almonds.