Keema (Indian Spiced Ground Veal and Beef with Peas)

Recipe courtesy Padma Lakshmi
Show: Melting Pot Episode: My Mother's Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: 35 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 25 min
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: --

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 8 ounces ground veal
  • 8 ounces ground lean beef
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 firm, ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced gingerroot, or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh hot green chilies, or to taste
  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 1 lemon, juiced, or to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, or to taste
  • Indian flatbreads (rotis) or tortillas, as an accompaniment
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Directions

In a nonstick skillet set over moderately high heat, warm the oil until hot. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add the veal, beef, and salt and pepper to taste, and cook, stirring, until no longer pink. Add the garlic, tomatoes, gingerroot, Garam Masala, and chilies, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the peas and continue to cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes more, or until flavors blend. Stir in the lemon juice and cilantro and correct seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Either transfer to a bowl and serve with warm rotis or tortillas or spoon Keema down center of bread and roll up like a burrito.

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  • on September 19, 2013

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    Very easy, economical and many layers of flavor. Even my teenagers enjoyed this dish. Definitely something different for a weekday meal. I did not have the garam marsala so I used curry instead. These spices are all slightly different depending on what region they are from and who made them. Regular grocery store had naan to serve with this dish. Just heated them in the oven at a low temperature while cooking. Delicious! I don't know this chef, but I am definitely checking the website from more of her recipes!

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