Thursday, 4 October 2012

Keema - Lamb Mince Curry

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

This is my mothers recipe for a simple lamb mince curry or keema as us Pakistanis like to call it.

 It is a really tasty curry especialy when you add potatoes and peas like I did!

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. Sunflower Oil
2. Onions
3. Garlic
4. Ginger
5. Tomatoes
6. Water
7. Salt
8. Red Chilli Powder
9. Ground Turmeric
10. Ground Cumin
11. Ground Coriander
12. Garam Masala
13. Tomato Puree
14. Lamb Mince
15. Potatoes
16. Peas
17. Fresh Coriander
18. Green Chillies

Bismillah, let's cook! 

Heat a few tablespoons Sunflower Oil in a large saucepan.

Peel and slice 3 large Onions.

Add the sliced onions to the oil and let them brown.

Peel 6 Garlic Cloves and 2 inches Fresh Ginger.

Slice the ginger and garlic and pound the living daylights out of them with a pestle and mortar.

Get all your anger out until the ginger and garlic have been thoroughly crushed!

Once the onions have browned, add the crushed ginger and garlic.

Let the onions, garlic and ginger fry together.

Take 3 Tomatoes.

Slice the tomatoes, and add to the onions.

Add 1/2 cup Water.

Add Salt, to taste.

 Add 2 teaspoons Red Chilli Powder. Or to taste.

Add 1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric.

Add 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin.

 Add 4 teaspoons Ground Coriander.

Add 1 teaspoon Garam Masala.

Stir it in and let the spices fry.
  
The next ingredient is tomato puree.

Add 4 tablespoons Tomato Puree.

Cook for 5 minutes.

Take 2 pounds Lamb Mince.

 Brown the meat and then add 1/2 cup Water and cover for 40 minutes, and stir occasionally in that time.

Uncover after 40 minutes.

Take 3 Potatoes.

Peel and chop the potatoes into chunks, and add to the lamb.

Add 1 cup Frozen Peas.
If it looks too dry, add a bit more water. Then leave for 10 minutes covered and then check that the potatoes are cooked.

Before serving, add Fresh Coriander and Fresh Green Chillies, to taste.

Keema


Ingredients
·      Few tablespoons Sunflower Oil
·      3 onions, peeled and sliced
·      6 Garlic Cloves, peeled
·      2 inches Ginger, peeled
·      3 Tomatoes, sliced
·      Water
·      Salt, to taste
·      2 teaspoons Red Chilli Powder
·      ½ teaspoon Ground Turmeric
·      2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
·      4 teaspoons Ground Coriander
·      1 teaspoon Garam Masala
·      4 tablespoons Tomato Puree
·      2 pounds Lamb Mince
·      3 Potatoes, peeled and chopped
·      1 cup Frozen Peas
·      Handful Fresh Coriander, chopped
·      Few Green Chillies, chopped

Method
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions and fry them till brown.

2. Crush the ginger and garlic in a pestle and mortar. Add to the browned onions. Fry for a few minutes.

3. Add the tomatoes and stir in.

4. Add ½ cup water, salt, red chilli powder, ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander and garam masala. Stir well and fry for a few minutes.

5. Add the tomato puree and cook for 5 minutes.

6. Throw in the lamb mince, and brown the meat. Add ½ cup water and cover for 40 minutes on a low heat to cook through.

7. Next, add the potatoes and peas. Add a little more water if it looks dry. Cook for 10 minutes until the potatoes are done.

8. Add the fresh coriander and green chillies, and serve!

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Keep me in your duas, please,

Wasalaam!

109 comments

  1. Looks delicious! My friend Maria made the same thing and I lost the recipe she gave me so I am thrilled to find yours-thanks so much. It was a very homey and flavorful treat!

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  2. What a delicious looking recipe, i'll be making it tonight for my niece and nephews who are coming to visit! Shukran!

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  3. Made this tonight. It was gorgeous, thank you.

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    1. Thank you for all your lovely comments .. I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe 😊

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  4. Am making for second time as husband and three sons loved so much! nearly as much as I did! Thank you!

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    1. Wow! I'm really glad that you liked this dish .. I hope you try more .. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

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    2. I love this recipe. It tastes Magical. Thank you.

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    3. I love this recipe. It tastes Magical. Thank you.

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  5. wendy & rob from backburn lancashire made this last week it was so good am making it again today lamb leg mince mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm thanks very much

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  6. Can I please ask how many portions/what weight of curry this recipe will produce?

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    1. This recipe should give you approx 6-8 portions

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  7. Many thanks for the fast reply, the info' was much appreciated.

    I, though, supply curries on a commercial basis (by volume) and so am hoping you can, also, help me with an approximate weight.

    It sounds delicious and a dish I would be very interested in adding to my menu but need to examine the profitability of doing so.

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    1. Approximately 2 and 1/2 to 3 pounds worth of curry

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  8. Made it today very tasty.
    Thanks for the recipe.

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  9. just made this now. Cant wait to have it for tea. It tastes delicious. Thanks.

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  10. Hi, I tried your recipe and it turned out really well. Thanks!

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  11. Thanks for the recipe! Making your recipe tonight to take to my Curry Club! Can't wait :)

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  12. Hi, I have a few questions. I've got ginger and garlic combined (cubes). How much would I need to add? Would half a can of chopped tomatoes be okay instead of using 3 fresh tomatoes? And is tomato puree a must? Can I substitute it for something else or how would it taste without it? It's not something I normally buy. :-P Thanks

    Looks like a great recipe. Thinking of trying it tomorrow. Thanks again.

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    1. You can put 2 of the ginger garlic cubes and 1/2 tin tomatoes. You can leave the tomato puree out and put is about 1 teaspoon of paprika if you have it - for colour. Enjoy!

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    2. Hi, I took your suggestions and I had paprika and I made it over the weekend. Turned out really well! Will be making it for my family and others in the future InshaAllah. JazakAllah.

      Tried 2 and both have been 5 out of 5. Both very tasty! Both have gone down well with the family.

      Keep them coming. JazakAllah for all your effort.

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    3. Mashallah! I'm really glad it turned out ok!

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  13. Hi, thanks for the quick reply. Will do that!

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  14. This looks great and I'm going to cook it tonight. Just wondering what you would normally serve it with?

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    1. My mum always serves this with chapatis or naan, but you could try boiled rice too :)

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  15. A truly brilliant recipe! Thank you very much

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  16. I made this for my 7 month old daughter yesterday (I reduced the chilli by half and didn't add any salt), she wolfed it down! Her daddy and I got the leftovers and they were delicious. Thankyou!

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    1. Wow! Such a good idea .. Glad you enjoyed it :)

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  17. Making this again today for third time. Really delicious recipe and so easy to make. Thanks a lot !

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    1. No problem! This curry is a regular in our house too .. Glad you like it :)

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  18. This is a fantasic recipe.
    Being a indian girl myself i find it hard to make dishes like my mum but this was fantastic and tasted just like hers. :-)

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    1. Thank you! Our mothers recipes are always the best :)

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  19. We've tried sooooo many different keema recipes and none quite hit the spot, but came across yours tonight and it's perfect! Really tasty, perfect blend of spices. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. No problem! Glad you enjoyed it so much - all credit goes to my mother :) If you want any other specific curry recipes, do let me know!

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  20. Made this on Friday night and it was fantastic, many thanks to you and your mother for the recipe : )

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    1. It's no problem at all .. glad you enjoyed it :)

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  21. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Have been searching hi n lo for the right recipe & Alhamdulillah found it here. Cooked it for iftar today. Allah bless!

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    1. Sorry for the late reply. I'm so glad you liked this recipe - it's a real favourite round here. We eat it with everything - a really good one is with toast topped with melted cheese! :)

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  22. Aslamalkum. Made the keema love the way u told it step by step everyone enjoyed it thank you so much xx

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    1. Wasalaam! It's no problem. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  23. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Made this today and it was delicious. I've tried several recipes over the years but never really liked the flavour of them. The pictures were really helpful and I will certainly be making this again. I did part cook in the pressure cooker to speed things up a little before adding the potatoes.

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    1. It's no problem! I am so happy that you liked it so much. And, don't worry, I am a big fan of the pressure cooker too! Anything to speed up dinner! :)

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  24. Wonderful recipe! Never been a fan of minced meat currys but cooked this recipe for my Dad who is, and we both loved it! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! Glad you both like it! Hope it becomes a family favourite! :)

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  25. Thanks for this..my friends mom made this for me and I lost touch with them..have been searching for a similar proper home cooked keema ever since..I've been cooking it lots..great.easy recipe x

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    1. No problem! I'm so glad you liked it. It's one of our family favourites - simple and the leftovers are the best in anything and everything! :)

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  26. Do you have a kofte kebab recipe please..many thanks

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    1. Yes, I have recipes for Seekh Kebab and Chapli Kebab on this blog, and I'll be posting a lamb kofta curry soon.

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  27. Hi, thankyou for your lovely recipes. I would just like to ask which chilli powder do you use and which brand, as it looks different to the regular ones.

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    1. Hello! I use crushed red chilli powder which Mum makes at home. She takes dried red chillies and grinds them in a spice grinder to a powder. You could also use the normal powder and adjust the taste to your preference. :) Thanks for the compliment!

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  28. Beautiful!!
    Keep up the good work!!

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  29. Hi TMGB. Nice curry, I've made alot of curry's ( Dopiaza and Rogan being a family favourite) but my Keema was always a bit bitter tasting. Yours is lovely, works very well every time. Chopped up a full bunch of Coriander in mine. Thanks Jim

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    1. Hello Jim! I'm really glad you enjoyed my Keema recipe. And, we put plenty of fresh coriander in ours too. :)

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  30. Hi, keema recipe is really nice , I will never get a keema curry again from a takeaway. I have just made 3 batches as we are having a gathering at our house tomorrow night and I know DAMM well they will enjoy it , its beautiful.
    Do you have any recipes for any other curries like Jalfrezi or a tikka masala , I would love to try it if you have . Cant thank you enough for the Keema recipe

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    1. glad you liked the keema - search my blog for the other curries and plenty more!

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    2. Hey will it make a difference if i use chicken keema instead of lamb.. thanks

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    3. You can definitely try the recipe with chicken keema.

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  31. All the dishes looks soooo yummy....wish to have it now...thanks a lot for the post....
    Chowranghee Lane Rajender Nagar

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  32. Hi, the family thought this was absolutely delicious and it's definitely the nicest keema recipe I've tried. I like that the ingredients are economical and easy to get. Thank you for putting your recipes online, your website will be a go to place for me in future.

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    1. I'm so glad your family enjoyed the keema. I also love recipes that use simple and wholesome ingredients. Thank you for your kind words!

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  33. Been a great lover of Indian/Asian food since the early 70's. Have tried a number of recipes for Keema in the last few years and thought I needed a change so searched the web, coming across your site. I must say that although yours contained the same ingredients I have used in the past the flavour was so much better than others I have tried (work that one out) can't wait to try some of your other recipes, which I'm sure will have great flavours.

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    1. Thank you so much for the feedback, Maurice. I'm really glad you enjoyed the recipe. Sometimes all it can be is a different technique rather than ingredients that makes all the difference.

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  34. WAY too much water, ground coriander and tomato puree in this recipe - you've drowned the spices completely by adding a 2 step water process, so much so that the flavour of this spices as been far too doluted. You only need to add water if onions and/or spices stick to the pan, otherwise you don't need any water whatsoever to make Keema.

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    1. Thank you for the feedback. Would love to hear your recipe for Keema? :)

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  35. Lovely, I'm not good on Internet , how can I get some more of your recipes? Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thank you! All my recipes are only on this online blog, I'm afraid.

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  36. looking forward to try this keema recipe! however, if i'm only using half the lamb mince (1 pound), should i halve all the other ingredients as well?

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    1. Yes, but put in all the spices and salt according to your own taste.

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  37. Really enjoyed this dish, thank you for sharing.. I wonder if you possibky have a recipe for my partners favourite, lamb rogan josh, or something very similar. I have tried a few recipes but it never seems right

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    1. I'm really glad you enjoyed the keema - it's definitely a blog classic. I will try my best with the lamb rogan josh! :) Something similar are the lamb curry recipes on the blog - search the curry section under "Savoury Recipes".

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  38. Brilliant curry, been making curries from scratch for some time now but this the first time I have had Keema. Very authentic taste. Thank you for a great recipe.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Really glad you enjoyed the keema! :)

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  39. Brilliant curry, been making curries from scratch for some time now but this the first time I have had Keema. Very authentic taste. Thank you for a great recipe.

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  40. Hi if I make 1lb keema do I just add half of all ingredients , including water ? And cooking time ?

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    1. Hello! For 1 pound keema, half the ingredients but with the tomatoes, add 2 not 1 and 1/2. Cooking time will be reduced too because you have less ingredients.

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  41. I cooked this - and it was absolutely superb!! Thank you very much indeed . I have a strong feeling that I shall be making many more of your recipes . I have really struggled in the past to find a good Keema recipe or consistently good Curry/Pakistani/Indian cook book -I will be consigning my old recipe book into the bin now !

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    1. Hi Gina! I am so glad you enjoyed the keema. Thank you for your kind words and keep on cooking my curries! :)

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  42. Hi i have cooked a few of you recipie's they have all turned out great and this one was no exception it turned out fantastic, all my family loved it and they are hard to please,you have a great web site and very informative easy to understand and also be able to see photo's keep up the good work
    many thanks
    steve murphy

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    1. Hi Steve! I am so glad you have had so much success with my recipes. And, that my site has helped you. Keep on cooking! :)

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  43. Just to say I absolutely love your blog! The instructions are simple and clearly set out, and looks oh, so delish! You're doing a fantastic job!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad you like the blog! :)

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  44. Hi thanx for this recipe ma mum loved it sooo muchh n ma sistaz tooo thanx n keep up the good work mashaAllah

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    1. Glad you and your family enjoyed the keema! Thank you for your kind words! :)

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  45. Hi, would this work with beef mince? Or will it not tast as good without the lamb? Thank you!
    Vickie

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    1. Hi Vickie! I have never tried this recipe with beef mince but I don't see why it shouldn't work. You may have to increase the cooking time as needed! :)

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  46. Just like to say, this recipe is awesome! Tastes just like my mum makes. I substitute the lamb for two tins of tuna sometimes & also use both the lamb & tuna curries as samosa fillings too.
    I've searched for years for recipes just like my mum makes & finally found it!

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    1. So glad you enjoy this recipe! Your tuna idea sounds fantastic! I must try it sometime! :)

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  47. I am trying this tonight for when my wife comes home from work. However, due to being a lazy man I have blitzed the onion, garlic and ginger in a small food processor and have made my lamb mince from leftover leg joint meat we had for Sunday lunch. I am adding a tin of tomatoes because I want the fresh ones for a salad tomorrow. I have mixed up flour, water, natural yoghurt and yeast for some naan bread to cook in a very hot frying pan just before I serve up.

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  48. This keema was perfect, the heat and spice was just right.
    Definitely the best keema recipe that I have followed. Thank you!

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  49. This recipe was delicious. I found your website via a Google search for keema curry. Can't wait to try some of your chicken dishes!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the keema! Welcome to my blog! So glad Google brought you here! :)

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  50. Asalaamualaikum I have a question, I'm making this curry tonight but it seems like a lot of spices. Just curious, why did you put so much down on the list?

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    1. Wa alaikumus salaam! Because this is how we cook keema in our house. you can leave some out, if you wish.

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  51. Made this tonight. Wowser. You're mum is a superstar. I'm a Jamaican and we have our own style curry, but being from Bradford where the Pakistani population is high, I love Asian curry too. My Pakistani friend showed me how to make a basic curry years ago, but she moved away and I forgot the method and have been chasing it ever since. Well I've found a better one now, and for Keema, which is my favourite, so THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the keema! I would love to hear how you cook your Jamaican curry. Thank you for all your kind words!

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  52. Terrific recipe, as authentic as it gets!
    I made this keema , layered frozen peas and added semi cooked basmati rice (flavoured with cinnamon stick, cardoman cloves during the boiling process) on top. Finished cooking in the oven. Sprinkle browned flaked almonds and sultanas and a few drops of rose water. Takes it to another level. Sublime! Sort of keema biryani. Do please try it. Thank you "Muslim Girl" for this wonderful keema recipe.

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    1. Thank you so much for all your feedback and kind words! Your idea for a biryani sounds delicious! :)

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