Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
According to Wilkipedia, "Keema is a traditional home cooked dish in northern India and Pakistan. It is minced lamb curry served with peas or potatoes. Originally Qeema in Urdu means mince meat. It may be mutton, lamb, beef or chicken. Thus Qeema of any meat can either be cooked in stew form, made into kababs, fried or barbecued." This is from one of my Food & Wine cookbooks. This dish is often made with lamb and served with naan or pitas. They say to serve it with a fruity Beaujolais.
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground beef
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 lb potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 3⁄4 cup whole milk
- 3⁄4 cup peas
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1⁄2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- In a large deep frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion and cook until starting to soften, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute longer. Add the beef and cook until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Drain off any fat.
- Add the coriander, cumin, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of the salt to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the potatoes, yogurt and milk.
- Bring just to a boil. Cover the pan. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes. Uncover the pan and simmer for 5 minutes longer.
- Stir in the peas and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Simmer until the peas are just done, about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and cilantro and serve.
If you are trying out Indian dishes, try this. The flavors & textures are wonderful. I call this "comfort food."
Thoroughly enjoyed this meal. First time cooking with milk. Was a bit sceptical at first was I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Only used one large potato cut in 16pcs and used 1 teaspoon of chilli powder to take the heat factor up a notch. Definately will be cooking this one again soon. Thanks for sharing Dicentra!
Loved this recipe. Made it with ground lamb and served it with basmati rice -- great meal and leftovers were yummy too. Thanks for a keeper!