A Keema Matar – It Means No Worries

  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 45m
  • Ready In : 1:30 h

Keema is probably one of my favourite Indian “main course” dishes and so easy to cook at home. I used to think that ‘Keema’ was minced lamb but ‘Keema’ actually means ground/minced meat. So when cooking a Keema you can literally use which ever meat you prefer…’Matar’ are simply peas.

So, I’ve adapted this one after trying it at a recent curry club that I attended.


  • 2 x tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 500g Ground/MincedMeat - Pork or Turkey or Lamb or Beef
  • 2 x Cardamon Pods
  • 2 x tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 x Bay Leaves
  • 1 x Cinnamon Stick
  • 4 x Cloves
  • 4 x Black Peppercorns
  • 4 x Cloves of Garlic - Finely Chopped
  • 1 x tbsp Fresh Ginger - Grated
  • 2 x Green Chillies - Finely Chopped (Optional)
  • 1 x tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 x tsp Turmeric
  • 1 x tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 2 x Medium Sized Tomatoes
  • 200g Frozen Garden Peas - Defrosted
  • 60ml Water
  • Handful of Fresh Coriander


Step 1

Place the: oil, cardamon, cumin seeds, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves and peppercorns in a large pan and heat through for a couple of minutes over medium heat. When the seeds start to split and burst remove all the ingredients from the oil and discard - leaving just the flavour infused oil in the pan.

Step 2

Next add the onion and gently from for around 5 minutes until softened - but not browned. Add the garlic, ginger and chillies and cook for a further minute. Now add all the dried spices, cook & stir for another minute.

Step 3

Add the meat of your choice, turn up the heat a little and brown the meat. TIP: Keep the meat moving and break up the meat as you go with a fork to make sure you don't have any lumps. Stir/fork/fry for about 15 minutes.

Step 4

Add the water and chopped tomatoes and stir through, cook for another 5 minutes or so and then add the peas and continue to cook on a medium/hi heat for 2 or 3 minutes.

Step 5

Finally add half fo the chopped coriander leaves (and stalks if you have them) - stir through and serve immediately. Garnish with the rest of the coriander.

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