Keema Mattar – Indian Mince Meat with Peas recipe

imagesAs I mentioned in my previous post, keema is a mildly spiced Indian/Pakistani dish of minced meat, potatoes and green peas. It’s lovely eaten with naan or chapatti, or if made dry with no gravy, it can be used as a filling for samosa.

My recipe is a combination of my mum’s and mother-in-law’s recipes. Do not be intimidated by the list of ingredients, it is quick to put together and ideal for busy weeknights as you just need to put everything in and let it simmer.

Keema Mattar (Mince with Green Peas)

1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
2 green cardamon pods
1 small stick cinnamon
1 medium onion (diced)
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1-2 green chillies (chopped)
2 tsp tomato puree
1 1/2 tbsp meat curry powder (I use Baba’s brand)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
300g mince meat (mutton or beef)
1 medium potato (diced)
1 medium tomato (chopped)
3-4 tbsp yoghurt
1/2 cup green peas (thawed if frozen)
Chopped coriander leaves

Heat 3 tbsp of oil and add the fennel and cumin seeds til they start to sizzle. Add the cardamon, cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Stir and let them darken slightly. Add the diced onion. Lower the flame and allow the onions to turn golden brown. Add the ginger-garlic paste and tomato puree. Stir well and cook for 2 min. Add the meat curry powder, turmeric, chilli powder, coriander and cumin powder. Stir to cook for a further 3 min. Season with salt. Turn the heat to medium and add the mince. Stir well, breaking up any lumps. Once well combined, add in the potato and about 1/2 cup of water. Lower the flame and cover, simmer for about 15 min. Remove the cover and stir in the chopped tomato. If mixture is dry, add more water to form enough gravy. Finally, stir in the yoghurt, peas and coriander leaves. Let cook on low heat for another 5 min. Serve with warm naan or chapatti, and a simple relish of cucumber, onion and lemon juice.

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