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Pakistani aloo keema | Potato with mincemeat

A staple Pakistani meal, aloo keema is made using minced meat (aka keema) and potatoes in a dry gravy. It can be served with roti or rice.

A staple Pakistani meal, aloo keema is made using minced meat (aka keema) and potatoes in a dry gravy. It can be served with roti or rice.

I love aloo keema! Not plain keema or matar keema or piyaaz keema. What I love love is aloo keema. I know this entire recipe can be made with matar (aka peas) but it just won’t be the same till there’s at least one potato in it!

That’s also why this recipe states using anywhere from 2 potatoes to 4 potatoes. If it was upto me there would be 4 potatoes but since there are other people in the house they would prefer to eat keema also. Hence we add two potatoes – 1 for lunch and 1 for dinner!

The recipe is pretty simple. There’s keema, tomatoes, onions and the basic Pakistani spices. Most people use beef keema but we have now switched to using chicken keema for health & convenience. All you need to do is put boneless chicken in the food processer and chicken keema is ready.

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A staple Pakistani meal, aloo keema is made using minced meat (aka keema) and potatoes in a dry gravy. It can be served with roti or rice.
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Pakistani Aloo Keema

A staple Pakistani meal, aloo keema is made using minced meat (aka keema) and potatoes in a dry gravy.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Dinner, Pakistani
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 390 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Sabit garam masala / Whole Spices 3 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 4-5 black peppercorns & 1-2 cardamom pods
  • ½ kg mincemeat / keema can be chicken or beef
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder dhaniya
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder haldi
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 2 - 4 medium potatoes halved or quartered
  • ½ cup water
  • 2-3 green chilies for garnish
  • ½ cup coriander leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions and fry till light golden.

  2. Add sabit garam masala (whole spices) and fry for a minute till they splutter.
  3. Add the mincemeat (chicken or beef) along with ginger & garlic paste. Cook on medium – high heat for a few minutes till color changes.

  4. Add the dry spices (coriander powder, salt, turmeric & red chili powder). Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes to let the spices cook.
  5. Turn heat to low – medium and add tomatoes. Let them cook for 10 – 15 minutes till soft and water dries.
  6. Add the potatoes with ½ cup water. Let cook till potatoes are tender.
  7. Take off heat. Garnish with green chilies and fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with roti and an onions & mint pickled salad.

A staple Pakistani meal, aloo keema is made using minced meat (aka keema) and potatoes in a dry gravy. It can be served with roti or rice.

 

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Shehbaz Mulla
    September 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Awesome Recipe

  • Reply
    Rafique
    January 31, 2020 at 11:39 am

    looks yummy, can’t wait to try but your math seems off:

    Prep Time = 5 minutes
    Cook Time = 45 minutes
    Total Time = 50 minutes

    But you wrote 35 minutes 🙂

  • Reply
    Samia
    February 20, 2020 at 1:31 am

    Excellent recipe
    Loved it
    Simple and yummy

  • Reply
    Wajiha
    February 25, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    This is literally one of the all time fav! Which is on every weekly rotation for me! Imma gonna try your version this week. Looks legit yum!!

  • Reply
    Xander
    February 29, 2020 at 3:52 pm


    Thanks for making it so simple. I made this for my room mates and they just loved it.

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