Keema ~ A Taste of India

11 Apr
Keema  ~ A Taste of India

Keema ~ A Taste of India

About six years ago my employer decided that hosting an Indian Cuisine potluck would be a good idea for some newly hired employees from India who were training at our local office for an extended period of time. At that time, I had zero experience with Indian cuisine, so had asked one of the new hires for a recipe I could make for them. The next day I was handed a photocopy from an unknown cookbook. It was titled simply “Keema.” I made it for the potluck and remember it was a hit! But then it remained forgotten in my loose-leaf recipe archive (read “mess”) until last week.

I had obviously adapted it the first time around, as it had scratch outs, scribbles, and additions and substitutions written all over it. This time around, I decided to search it out on the internet. There are so many variations of Keema that I felt I had good liberty to basically “redo” it again to my family’s tastes as they are today. My new remake got two thumbs up from the family! My only regret was not buying some cottage cheese to serve on the side, as it makes a refreshing accompaniment to the meal. Since this made way too much for one meal, I went straight to the store the next day and bought cottage cheese for the leftovers. No leftovers were thrown out, I am glad to say!

This is traditionally made with ground lamb, but I used ground beef as a substitute, but you could use either one or a combination of the two. Make sure you use at least a 12-inch skillet, as this makes a LOT! Feel free to halve the recipe.


1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or lamb
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (about 2 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons garam masala (I used dried Mild Curry #512, according to the bulk bin I bought it from)
1 teaspoon salt or Mrs. Dash table blend
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 heaping tablespoons of tomato paste
1 1/2 cups homemade or low sodium beef broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
1/2 cup frozen peas
Lime wedges, for garnish
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
Cooked rice, for serving
Cottage cheese, for serving

Ground Beef and Onions

Ground Beef and Onions

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef or lamb with the chopped onion until evenly browned. Drain off any grease. Stir in the garlic and cook for about a minute more, then add the spices and combine.

Spices Added to Ground Beef Mixture

Spices Added to Ground Beef Mixture

Add the the rest of the ingredients except the frozen peas and garnishes. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. In the last five minutes, add the frozen peas and cook until heated through.

Keema Ready to Serve

Keema Ready to Serve

Serve over a bed of rice, with a squeeze of lime, and cilantro. Please add cottage cheese to the side as a lovely, refreshing side.



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18 Responses to “Keema ~ A Taste of India”

  1. teagan geneviene April 11, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    Kathryn this has me intrigued. I usually give a small cringe when i see Indian food (not because i don’t like it, but because my stomach ulcers can’t handle it). Your intro made the post really interesting though. And i definitely would try it if a plateful appeared in front of me! Hugs.

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  2. tinywhitecottage April 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    I love this recipe Kathryn. We love chickpea’s and never cooked them in a meat dish before. Great idea! The spices are perfect and glad to hear your whole family liked it. Don’t you love it when all the leftovers get eaten!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

      Yes, Seana, it is such a bother when I make a large meal that nobody liked, and the leftovers just go to waste. Thank you for you kind comments!

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  3. Gerlinde @ sunnycovechef April 11, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    I enjoy good Indian food and your Keema looks great. I am not a fan of cottage cheese but I could use yogurt instead. Thank for another great recipe .

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  4. chef mimi April 13, 2015 at 6:19 am #

    A fabulous dish!! Indian food is one of our favorite cuisines.

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  5. Conor Bofin April 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    Beautiful. I can only imagine the flavours. Delicious dish.

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  6. StefanGourmet April 15, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    I’ve never cooked Indian food before, but this looks and sounds great. I’d definitely make it with ground lamb and lamb stock.

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  7. MealsWithMel April 21, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    Kathryn this looks amazing!! I have zero experience with Indian food (as you know it’s just not common in Texas) but I’m going to have to make this. Yummy!!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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