Ground Beef Curry (Kima Curry)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe is from one of my new favorite cookbooks, Extending the Table. The notes on this recipe say that this Swahili dish is served by a restaurant in the heart of Nairobi. I have only modified it to make the recipe fit into Zaar format, to preserve the authenticity of the recipe. This is a very mild, very easy to make curry.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Saute onion and beef until browned. Drain fat.
  2. Add in curry powder, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes and fry briefly.
  3. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Turn down heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes to blend the flavors.
  4. Serve over rice or with Chapatis.
Most Helpful

Very tasty! Made some subs for missing ingredients but still came out excellent.<br/><br/>Had to use a can of unsalted diced tomatoes since I didn't have whole and used a little ketchup instead of plain tomato paste. <br/><br/>I messed up part of the cooking instructions for the onions/beef (Forgot to put the oil first, whoops!) but it didn't seem to matter much. It's not a very spicy curry, which is perfect for me, since I'm kind of a spice-wimp. X3 but it's wonderful over some hot rice!

StormSerpent April 01, 2014

I agree with everyone else's thoughts on the blandness. I quadrupled the curry, doubled the cinnamon, and added some hot pepper to spice it up. I served it with lime-cilantro rice and it was very good. Maybe the curry I had was just too bland - like some have suggested - curry paste may be a better option.

Schooter March 08, 2012

simple and straight -forward, this dish had a delectable spiciness that had little to do with heat and more to do with depth of flavor. good weekday go to.

shoes58 July 06, 2015