Sunday, 17 March 2013

Keema Matar...welcome to the real keema (and Papa!! )

Keema Matar (Minced Meat and Green Peas)Enough talk about my mom and now on to my dad...papa and I share a special relationship...he loves loves to irritate me and I love love to scream at himboth the things have to happen at least once a day over the phone or in person for us to call it a fruitful day JI get my temper (actually him and mom combined), my impatience, my ‘I can kill you with one look’ attitude, my drama genes, my love for books, travel and good food from himeven though he gave up eating meat years ago, he cooks some amazing non-vegetarian foodthe next couple of recipes are his and were regularly made whenever he would come home and now, when we visitsimple, uncomplicated and typically Punju...typical Papa J

Keema Matar (Minced Meat and Green Peas)


  • Lamb or Mutton(goat) Keema/Mince, 250 gms
  • Onions, finely chopped, 2 Large 
  • Tomatoes, finely chopped, 2 Large 
  • Packaged tomato puree, 1-2 tbsp (I added because I wanted a deep red gravy, you can skip it )
  • Garlic ,paste , 1 tsp
  • Ginger, paste, 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds, ½ tsp
  • Green cardamom, 2
  • Black Cardamom, 1
  • Cinnamon, 1 “ piece
  • Cloves, 3-4
  • Bay leafs, 2
  • Coriander powder, 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder, ½ tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder, 1 tsp ( again, used only for colour, you can skip it )
  • Red chili powder, 1 tsp 
  • Garam masala powder, ½ tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil/Ghee, 2-3 tbsp
  • Green chili, slit and seeds removed, 1 for garnishing 
  • Green Peas, if fresh – par boiled and if frozen – just thawed, as many or as little as you want (optional)


Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add cumin seeds, cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, bay leafs and let them crackle.  

Add onions and fry on medium low heat till they turn golden brown. 

Add ginger garlic paste and stir for another minute. 

Add tomatoes, tomato puree, coriander powder, both the chili powders, cumin powder, salt and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. 

Now add the keema and cook on high heat, stirring constantly for aroun 5 minutes till it changes colour to brown.

If using a pan to cook, cook covered for 20-25 minutes till the keema is almost done. If using pressure cooker, add about a cup of water and pressure cook for 5-10 minutes.

Open the lid and keep cooking and stirring till you get the desired dryness.

If using peas, add at this stage: Add boiled peas, mix well and let it cook for another 10 minutes or so.

Add garam masala powder and stir again. Done! Garnish and serve.


  • The picture above is with green peas, without additional packaged tomato puree, without Kashmiri red chili powder, water completely evaporated. 

  • The picture below is of keema being made without green peas, with packaged tomato puree added, with Kashmiri red chili powder, with a slight gravy


  1. Mmmm. I love (and make) Keema Matar often! I use chopped, whole tomatoes rather than puree, but otherwise, your recipe is much like mine. Avoiding legumes, I substitute4 chopped frozen green beans for the peas (not traditional, but we do what we have to do to stay on our eating plan).

    1. Hey Buttoni, This is made with frozen green peas and and chopped whole tomatoes plus puree in the second photo..I don't like mixing my lentils with meats :-)...going now to check out your blog :-)

    2. My eyes just saw the packaged tomato puree. I see the chopped tomato in the ingredients now. Sounds good, either way!