Kheema simmering on the stove

Ohhhhh… it smells sumptuous! I’ve been craving Kheema for quite some time now. What is that, you ask? Let me tell you…. It’s an Indian curry dish made with beef, potatoes, all the yummy spices you’d expect in a tomato based sauce. Dear gawd! I’m so ready for it to be done! lol

It’s getting close to being ready. The meat is almost tender.

This is a traditional recipe given to me by a family friend who immigrated to the US back in the 1980’s from India. He was a chef in both countries. I count myself fortunate to have been introduced to Indian food in their kitchen with the family. 😉 He shared a number of recipes with me. This is one of my favorites.

Without further adoo… here’s the recipe as it was given to me.

Kheema (ground beef)

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 pearls (cloves) garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp red chili pepper
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • cilantro, chopped (for serving)
  • oil for frying

Fry the everything (except beef) until it’s very fragrant. Add beef and sautee. Reduce heat and simmer adding water as needed to prevent drying out.

Garnish with cilantro and serve with tortillas & lemon wedges or serve over rice.

This recipe is totally gluten free and can be made vegan by substituting the beef for a ground beef meat alternative. I’ve done it and it’s actually better that way. Shhh!!!!! Don’t tell my husband I said that! 😉

I’ve made this dish many, many times over the years. Tonight I made a few substitutions based on what I have in the house and ease of cooking. I used stew meat in place of the ground beef and added a can of fire roasted stewed tomatoes with garlic instead of the fresh tomato. Cook it longer to get my meat tender and the stewed tomatoes just turned up the flavor a bit. Ahh… I also used Cayenne pepper instead of the chili flakes. We like heat in our house.

I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it as much we do! Happy cooking.

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