Keema Curry
Keema Curry
5 from 263 votes
This mouthwatering curry is bursting with aromatic spices, tender meat, and a rich, flavorful sauce. Perfect for those craving a hearty meal with a hint of heat. Impress your taste buds with this delicious dish that promises savory satisfaction in every bite.
Keema Curry

Keema curry, a flavorful and aromatic dish, has its roots deep in South Asian cuisine, particularly popular in Indian and Pakistani households.

This dish is a celebration of minced meat, bursting with spices and herbs, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on your taste buds. While traditionally made with minced lamb or goat meat, it can also be prepared with beef, chicken, or even plant-based alternatives for a vegetarian twist.

The name “keema” itself refers to minced or ground meat, which forms the heart of this dish. What makes keema curry so enticing is its rich blend of spices like turmeric, chilli powder, coriander, and cumin, each adding its unique depth and warmth to the dish.

These spices not only infuse the meat with robust flavor but also lend vibrant colors to the curry, making it visually appealing.

Despite its exotic flavors, keema curry is surprisingly simple to prepare, making it an ideal choice for both novice and seasoned cooks alike.

With just a handful of ingredients and straightforward instructions, you can recreate the authentic taste of this beloved dish right in your own kitchen. So, whether you’re craving a comforting meal or hosting a dinner party, keema curry is sure to impress with its tantalizing aroma and mouthwatering taste.

Expert Tip: Opt for lean minced meat with minimal fat content to ensure a healthier and less greasy keema curry.


Minced Meat Keema: Minced meat provides a hearty and satisfying texture. Its versatility allows for various meat options, including lamb, goat, beef, or chicken, catering to different dietary preferences.

Oil: Oil is essential for cooking the onions and spices, imparting richness and flavor to the curry.

Onion Red: Red onions add sweetness and depth to the curry base, enhancing its overall flavor profile.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes contribute acidity and tanginess, balancing the spices and lending a luscious texture to the curry.

Green Chillies: Green chillies provide heat and a subtle peppery flavor, adding a kick to the dish.

Ginger Paste: Ginger paste infuses the curry with a warm, spicy note and aromatic undertones.

Garlic Paste: Garlic paste adds depth and pungency to the dish, enhancing its savory profile.

Salt: Salt brings out the natural flavors of the ingredients, harmonizing the taste of the curry.

Turmeric Powder (Haldi): Turmeric powder imparts a vibrant yellow hue to the curry while adding earthy undertones and health benefits.

Chilli Powder: Chilli powder adds heat and intensity, elevating the spiciness of the curry according to personal preference.

Coriander Powder: Coriander powder contributes a citrusy, slightly sweet flavor, complementing the other spices in the curry.

Cumin Powder: Cumin powder offers a warm, nutty flavor with earthy undertones, enhancing the overall aroma of the dish.

Kashmiri Chilli: Kashmiri chilli powder adds vibrant red color and mild heat to the curry without overpowering the other flavors.

Dried Fenugreek Leaves (Methi): Dried fenugreek leaves impart a distinctive aroma and slightly bitter taste, enhancing the complexity of the curry.

Coriander: Fresh coriander leaves add freshness and brightness to the dish, garnishing it with vibrant green hues and a hint of citrus.

Expert Tip: Toasting the spices in the hot oil before adding the meat and other ingredients enhances their flavor and aroma.

Serving Suggestions

Fresh Naan Bread: Warm, pillowy naan bread pairs perfectly with keema curry, allowing you to scoop up every last bit of flavorful sauce. You can either make your own naan bread or purchase it from a local bakery or grocery store.

Steamed Rice: Fluffy steamed rice serves as a classic accompaniment to keema curry, providing a neutral base that allows the flavors of the curry to shine. Basmati rice, with its fragrant aroma and delicate texture, is an excellent choice.

Side Salad: A crisp, refreshing side salad adds a burst of freshness to your meal and helps balance out the richness of the curry. Consider tossing together some mixed greens, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of lemon vinaigrette.

Raita: Cool and creamy raita, made with yogurt, cucumber, mint, and spices, offers a refreshing contrast to the bold flavors of the keema curry. Its soothing qualities help to temper the heat of the dish, making it more enjoyable for those with milder palates.

Lemon Wedges: Squeeze a wedge of fresh lemon over the keema curry just before serving to brighten up the flavors and add a zesty kick. The acidity of the lemon enhances the overall taste of the dish, bringing a touch of brightness to each bite.

Garnish with Fresh Coriander: Sprinkle some freshly chopped coriander leaves over the keema curry as a final garnish. Not only does it add a pop of color to the dish, but it also imparts a burst of fresh herbal flavor, elevating the overall presentation.

Expert Tip: Feel free to adjust the amount of chilli powder and green chillies according to your preference for heat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use different types of meat for this recipe?

Absolutely! While traditional keema curry is made with minced lamb or goat meat, you can easily substitute it with minced beef, chicken, or even plant-based alternatives like tofu or lentils to suit your preferences.

Is keema curry spicy?

The level of spiciness in keema curry can be adjusted according to your taste preferences. This recipe includes green chillies, chilli powder, and Kashmiri chilli powder for heat, but you can reduce or omit these ingredients if you prefer a milder version of the dish.

Can I make keema curry ahead of time?

Yes, keema curry actually tastes even better when made ahead of time as the flavors have time to meld together. You can prepare it up to a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Just reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Can I freeze leftover keema curry?

Absolutely! Keema curry freezes well, making it a convenient option for meal prep. Allow the curry to cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

What can I serve with keema curry?

Keema curry pairs beautifully with a variety of sides, including naan bread, steamed rice, side salads, and raita. These accompaniments help balance out the richness of the curry and enhance the overall dining experience.

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Keema Curry

Keema Curry

by Nabeela Kauser
This mouthwatering curry is bursting with aromatic spices, tender meat, and a rich, flavorful sauce. Perfect for those craving a hearty meal with a hint of heat. Impress your taste buds with this delicious dish that promises savory satisfaction in every bite.
5 from 263 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 465 kcal


  • 500 g Minced Meat Keema
  • 50 ml Oil
  • 1 Onion Red
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 3 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli
  • 1 tbsp Dried Fenugreek Leaves Methi
  • 1 handful Coriander
  • 400 ml Water


  • Heat up the oil in a pan on medium heat until hot
  • Add the finely diced red onions and cook for 4-5 minutes on medium heat until softened
  • Add the ginger paste, garlic paste and chopped green chillies then sauté for a further 2-3 minutes
  • Add the mince and break apart then cook for 6-8 minutes on medium heat – Make sure there are no lumps left over
  • Add the salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin powder then cook the spices for 3-4 minutes
  • As the spices are cooking chop the tomatoes then add into pan and cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add the water and cover then cook for 20 minutes on medium heat
  • Finally, add the chopped coriander and dried fenugreek leaves.
  • Serve with fresh naan bread or rice and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 465kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 23gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 805mgPotassium: 581mgFibre: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 883IUVitamin C: 15mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 54mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Cooking, Curry, Food, Indian, Keema, Minced Meat, Recipe
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Nabeela Kauser

Absolutely, while fenugreek leaves do add a unique flavour, the dish will still be delicious without them.

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