Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
When the cold winter winds come to northern India, rustic dishes, like this one, make a popular family meal. Recipe is from The Curry Cookbook.
- 2 tablespoons ghee (vegetable or peanut oil)
- 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon mild curry powder (or to taste, can use medium or hot )
- 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder (if using Indian chili powder, it can be extremely hot)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 pinch sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 lb lean ground beef (or lamb)
- 2 1⁄4 cups frozen peas, straight from the freezer
- Melt the ghee in a flameproof casserole or large skillet with a tight fitting lid. Add the cumin seeds and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds, or until they start to crackle.
- Stir in the onion, garlic and ginger paste, bay leaves and curry powder and continue to stir-fry until the fat separates.
- Stir in the tomatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the coriander, chili powder, turmeric, sugar, salt and pepper and stir around for 30 seconds.
- Add the beef and cook for 5 minutes or until it is no longer pink, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
- Add the peas and continue simmering for an additional 10-15 minutes, until the peas are thawed and hot. If there is too much liquid left in the casserole, increase the heat and let it bubble for a few minutes until it reduces. Serve with rice, if desired.
This is a yummy homestyle dish that really rocks in flavor. Loved it
I made this for two of us using half the oil, meat and peas and ALL the spices, tomato and onion. We eat kheema dishes quite regularly (my idea of a fast simple dish). While I liked the flavour, I found it very dry. I finished ours with fresh mint (could use fresh coriander) and a generous squeeze of lemon juice which is how most of these recipes are done. Thanks nancy for posting.