Keema matar is a classic Pakistani curry recipe featuring lamb or mutton and peas that are generously spiced, this is real comfort food!
Classic Keema Curry!
This recipe is really rather exciting for me, one of my very favourite dishes and one I rarely get an opportunity to cook!
Lamb is expensive here and difficult to find, but if I am listing my favourite things then it will be Lamb, Curry, Peas, Chilli…
My version of lamb keema with peas features spice heat from both fresh peppers and Kashmiri chilli powder.
It is also heady with Fenugreek, a herb/spice that I personally find synonymous with food from the region of Pakistan, Northern India and bangladesh.
So yeah it is safe to say that this dish is not just a few of my favourite things.
It is without question ALL of my favourite things!
Can I Use Beef?
Keema just means minced meat so yes, of course! Although I would personally change the spicing a little.
I have no idea why there seems to be a tacit acceptance that you can just swap the meat in a curry and not bother to change the spicing.
If I am making this with beef mince I scale back the coriander and cumin in the recipe by half.
Then I increase the fenugreek by 50%.
This is a similar spicing to the one that I use in my simple beef curry with peas recipe.
If I am using beef I try and use ghee rather than oil to approximate the rich mouthfeel that you get from lamb.
I personally think it gives a much better balance.
Recipe Hints and Serving Suggestions.
The secret to really getting a rich well rounded flavour in this keema matar is the fat in the lamb.
First of all, you need lamb with some fat content, shoulder is perfect.
Secondly and most importantly you need to cook that lamb long enough to render out that fat.
The fat holds the spices in suspension and creates the most luxurious mouthfeel and an incredibly well-rounded flavour.
This recipe contains whole spices added at the start of the cooking process. If I am serving to guests I try to fish them out before serving!
I often round out this dish by serving a kachumber salad on the side. That whole minty, onion “thing” works perfectly with the rich lamb.
Keema matar is one of the lesser-known Indian Curries, one that features minced or ground meat usually lamb or mutton and sweet green peas. It is simple, delicious, homely and a recipe you all need to know how to make!
- 350 g (12.5 oz) Ground Lamb Shoulder
- 125 g (4.5 oz) Onion
- 4 Cloves Garlic
- 2 Medium Spiced Red Chilli Peppers
- 30 g (1oz) Ginger
- 6 Black Peppercorns
- 4 Green Cardamom
- 2 Cloves
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
- 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
- 1 Tsp Ground Turmeric
- 1/2 Tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Fenugreek
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 250 ml (8.5 fl oz) Water
- 175 g (6 oz) Frozen Peas
- 1 Tsp Garam Masala
- 250 ml Water
- Cut the onion into a 4-5mm dice.
- Mash the garlic and grate the ginger.
- Heat the oil in a heavy based pan over a medium high heat
- Add in the black pepper, cardamom, cloves and bay leaf and allow to sizzle for 30 seconds.
- Throw in the diced onion and cook for 5 minutes.
- When lightly browned add in the ginger, garlic paste and chilli and cook for a further minute.
- Add in the minced lamb turn up the heat to high.
- Cook until browned which should take around 5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add in the coriander, cumin, turmeric, chilli powder and fenugreek and stir.
- Throw in a generous pinch of salt and the water and then cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.
- Remove the lid and add in the peas before turning up heat and cooking until the liquid has reduced by half which should take 3-4 minutes or so.
- Take off the heat and stir in the garam masala and allow to sit for 2 minutes before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 10gSugar: 10gProtein: 44g