Kheema: Ground Beef with Peas

Kheema Ground Beef with Peas

Kheema Ground Beef with Peas is very tasty and protein rich dinner side dish and famous in India, Pakistan and Srilanka. Kheema goes well with Parotta, Chapatti and Bread.

Ingredients for Kheema

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • One 1-inch thumb fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon store-bought or Homemade Garam Masala, recipe follows
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, optional
  • 1/2 kg (500 grams) ground beef
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shucked fresh English peas or 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons malt vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus a few extra leaves for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons Garam Masala

Directions for Kheema

  1. In a large skillet, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until golden. Add the garlic and ginger, and saute for another minute. Stir in the coriander, paprika, Garam Masala, cumin and cayenne, if using and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add the beef, breaking up lumps with a spoon, and saute until the meat is no longer pink.
  3. Add the tomatoes, 1 cup of water and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle in the fresh English peas. Stir well and simmer, partially covered, about 10 minutes or if using frozen peas, add them now, and cook another 5 minutes, partially covered.
  5. Stir in the vinegar and chopped cilantro. Garnish with torn cilantro leaves and serve with warm chapatis or pita bread.

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