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Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 in Indian | 4 comments

Keema Matar

Keema Matar

What do you do with the meatballs(unsauced) other than fixing another spaghetti and meatballs dinner?

Well, you make Keema-matar 🙂

Keema‘or ‘Kheema’ simply means ‘minced meat’.’Matar’ is Hindi for ‘peas’. So this recipe is simply , ground meat cooked with spices and peas. Mutton is very popular among non-vegetarian Indians. So mutton is the choice of meat for keema purpose in traditional Indian cooking.I cooked it with ground chicken.I love  to add  peas in Keema.It looks like green jewel.You can of course live without it.



I had first Keema experience, back when I was doing my Masters in South India and staying in girls hostel(dorm).Every Sunday they served special meal in ‘mess'(cafeteria).One chicken dish and another was keema.If you are late in getting to the mess that day, chances are, you may have to satisfy yourself with regular food. Cooked with southern spices, I remember the aroma. It was very spicy and bit tangy for my taste. Tanginess caught me off guard. It took me a while to get used to it

So getting back to meatball. Ideally you will make keema with ground meat of your choice. I was working in reverse.I crumbled the cooked meatball and cooked it with spices. Keema can be on dry side or it can have gravy.It is your choice.

Since, each one of us liked this dish REALLY WELL. it will be regular in our home 🙂



Keema Matar


  1. 1 lb ground Chicken
  2. 1/2 cup peas
  3. 1 medium size onion chopped
  4. 3-4 cloves crushed garlic
  5. 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  6. Cayenne pepper to taste
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Bunch of Cilantro finely chopped
  9. 3 medium size tomatoes chopped
  10. Oil
  11. Water
  12. Ground Spices
  13. 1-1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  14. 1 Tablespoon Coriander seeds
  15. 1/2 tsp poppy seeds


  1. In a pan,add oil.
  2. Once oil is hot,add chopped onion.Cook it until it is translucent.
  3. Meanwhile ground all the spices listed.
  4. Add ground meat.I used chicken.
  5. Add ginger,garlic to the chicken.Stir it for a minute.
  6. Add rest of the ground spices,tomatoes,cilantro,cayenne pepper.
  7. Season it with salt.
  8. Add peas.
  9. Mix it well.Add water little by little to see the consistency that you want.
  10. Cook it until meat is done and you reach the consistency that you want.
  11. Garnish it with cilantro.
  12. Serve it hot with rice.


  1. Do you get mutton (goat variety)easily. I can’t get it here easily, people use sheep here. Red meat is not very good i know but tons of awesome mutton keema recipe are there. I have heard Keema Paratha combination a lot.

    • Peeyush,I have not seen mutton(goat/lamb) here in supermarkets.I know it is available,if you really want it.You just have to look around the town to find it.I am not a fan of it,so didn’t pay much attention to it.

  2. That sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it!!

    • 🙂 Thanks Kristen.Let me know if you all liked it.

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