Kheema Recipe

Kheema Recipe

serves 4 to 5

Shopping List*

  • 1 ½ lbs ground lamb, beef, or turkey

  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1-inch cube ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup frozen green peas
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbs butter
  • vegetable oil
  • salt
  • chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

*see Variations below




Peel and finely chop onion. Heat 1 tablespoon oil on medium in frying pan. Add WHOLE SPICES, stir 1 minute, then add onion. Sauté 7 - 10 minutes until lightly browned.


Peel and finely grate ginger and garlic. Add to pan and sauté 1 minute.


Increase heat to medium-high. Add ground meat, 1 teaspoon salt, and MASALA POWDER. Sauté 5 minutes until meat is browned.


Reduce heat to low. Stir in green peas and ¼ cup water. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.


Add salt and lemon juice to taste. Garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired.

Note: Larger whole spices are not meant to be eaten. Remove before serving or instruct diners to avoid/remove while eating.



to make vegan/vegetarian, substitute:

  • non-dairy spread or vegetable oil for butter
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu (crumbled and excess water squeezed out) or plant-based ground "meat" for ground meat
  • 8 ounces minced mushrooms and 2 cups cubed potato for ground meat; follow recipe as directed but confirm potato is cooked through in Step 4
for an extra-rich flavor substitute ghee for butter
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