It’s fiesta Friday and I am bringing along one of the classic North Indian non vegetarian entrée dish .
Keema Matar is one of the most popular dish with my boys and among friends . This spiced North Indian dish goes well with Naan bread as well as white rice . Left over Mincemeat can be also be used to make sandwiches too .
This simple quick dish is spiced with aromatic whole spices and simmered to give that delicious flavor . Mince can be cooked either in a pan or a pressure cooker .
For Keema Matar We will need :
Minced meat – 1Lbs – washed and drained nice .
Onions – 1 , finely chopped
Tomato 1, finely chopped ( optional )
Green peas – 3/4 cup
Ginger 1 tbsp , finely chopped
Garlic – 1 tbs , finely chopped
Green cardamom – 2
Black cardamom – 1
Bay leaf – 1
Cinnamon stick – 1″
Cloves – 3
Green chilies – 2, slit length wise ( optional )
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder – 1/2 tbsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp or to taste
Yogurt – 1/4 cup beaten till smooth .
Garam masala powder – 1 tbs ( optional )
Salt to taste
Cooking oil – 3 tbsp
Cilantro leaves for garnish
I have used pressure cooker here but this can be very easily made in a pan.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker . When the oil gets hot add green cardamom, black cardamom, cinnamon stick, cloves and bay leaf and let them sizzle. Add green chilies ( if using ) and chopped onions and saute till the onions turn translucent , approx 5 mins .
Add the ginger & garlic and sauté for another 2 to 3 mins . Add the minced meat , turmeric pwd and cook on high without lid for 4-5 mins until mince turns brown Stirring in between.
Add the red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt and mix well. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 3-4 mts on medium flame.
Add a 1 cup of water and yogurt and place lid and pressure cook up to 2 whistles or until the meat is almost cooked. Turn off heat. Allow the pressure to come down. Open lid and add the fresh green peas.
If you want more gravy, add a little more water at this time . Cook without lid on low flame for 10 mts or till you get the desired gravy consistency. Add garam masala pwd and mix.
Adjust seasoning , Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and serve hot with lemon / lime wedges , Naan or/ and white steamed rice.
Other meats such as beef , chicken or turkey can also be used in this recipe.
If your pressure cooker is Without whistle ( European kind ) then estimate 10 minutes cooking time under pressure.
In India Mince is usually cooked using ground goats meat .