THIS IS MY SIMPLE VERSION OF THE CLASSIC INDIAN DISH MADE WITH MINCED MEAT AND LOTS OF LOVELY SPICE.
Most times I find the best meals are the simple classic ones.
Keema is a classic Indian dish. In case you didn't know keema literally means minced. So you guessed it, this a dish made with minced meat. I am using lamb in my recipe but you can feel free to change it up to mutton, beef, chicken, or pork. I find the recipe works well with any meat. If you are vegetarian, I have done this with tempeh with great results!
For the veggies used I personally prefer either carrot or peas, but if you want something more hearty, potatoes are a great option!
The mint added in this recipe is a must! Lamb and mint are a match made in heaven!
FYI – This dish tastes even better the next day when all the spices have really soaked in, so make a double batch and “love your leftovers"!
A delicious Indian style minced lamb recipe.
- 500-600 gram (1.2-1.5 lb) minced lamb
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 3 green cardamom pods
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 ½ inch piece of ginger, finely grated
- 1-2 chopped green chili (or not if you don't want it spicy)
- 1.5 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp garam masala powder
- 1 tsp Kashmiri chili powder or paprika
- 3/4 - 1 cup water
- Salt, to taste
- handful mint leaves chopped
- handful cilantro leaves, chopped
- 1/2 cup frozen peas or 2 carrots chopped (or both!)
- Heat ghee in a deep pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the green cardamom and cook till fragrant.
- Add the chopped onions. Cook until softened & brown in color. Don’t rush this, the browned onion is what gives the keema the depth of flavor we are looking for.
- Add the garlic, ginger, & green chili and cook for 2 minutes stirring frequently.
- Stir in the tomato puree & cook for 2-3 min.
- Turn the heat slightly up, add the minced lamb, and stir continuously.
- Add your spices - turmeric, Kashmiri chili powder/paprika, garam masala, and salt and give everything a good mix.
- Stir well for a few minutes until the lamb is evenly cooked and browned. Add the water & bring to a boil.
- Add the carrots or peas at this point if you are using them.
- Cover and cook on low heat for about 15 minutes.
- Last stir in the chopped, cilantro & mint leaves.
Feel free to change up the veggies and use whatever you like. Works well with potato, sweet potato, and green beans from my experience!