Comfort food at its best!

During the winter months I can cook any amount of curries in my kitchen and feel completely satiated.  Not so in the summer time; the thought of cooking an Indian meal is far from my mind when the weather turns hot and humid.  I’d have to say though that Indian/Goan cuisine has probably got to be one of my favorite (biased of course) although I do cook a variety of other cuisines too.  There is nothing more satisfying and comforting than a plate of curry and rice or rotis during the winter.  Today I’m presenting Keema (a dry ground beef curry) and a Lemon Saffron Rice.  I served it with a raita (cucumber yogurt salad), not pictured.  Keema is also popular as a breakfast dish with rotis, it is also used to fill samosas and for biryani.  It is usually cooked until dry.

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Keema (Dry Ground Beef Curry with peas)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Keema (Dry Ground Beef Curry with peas)

  • 1 oz ghee or 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 pods of garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 x 1 inch stick cinnamon
  • 4 small green cardamoms
  • 2 large cardamoms
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or lamb
  • 1/4 tsp ground tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 pint plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • 4-5 fresh tomatoes, skinned and roughly chopped
  • 4 oz frozen peas
  • chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Method

  1. Heat the ghee or oil in a large pan and fry the onion until light brown.  Add the ginger and garlic
  2. Add the cinnamon stick, small and large cardamoms and the bay leaf.  Continue frying for 1 minute.
  3. Add the ground beef or lamb and sprinkle with the tumeric, chili powder, coriander and cumin powders.  Mix well and fry for about 5 minutes to brown the meat.
  4. Next add the yogurt or tomatoes and salt.
  5. Cover and gently cook for about 15 minutes until the meat is dry.
  6. Uncover, add the peas and continue cooking over a gentle heat for about 10 minutes
  7. Serve garnished with coriander leaves

For the Lemon and Saffron Rice recipe pictured below, click here

Aromatic, tangy, spicy and oh so good!  Stay tuned for more Indian cuisine on the blog in the next few months 🙂

I’m linking this post to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #102, quite a happening place these days.  Thanks to her lovely co-hosts Elaine @ foodbod and Julie @ Hostess at Heart.  Our warmest thanks to these 3 beautiful ladies for taking charge.  🙂

63 comments

  1. Loretta,
    Winter comfort meal at it’s best indeed. Yes, I am biased when it comes to Indian food too:)
    I love how versatile it is to use in various recipes.Your meal combination with the saffron rice and raita sounds so yummy!
    Your photos, as usual are strikingly beautiful! Are those Meyer lemons in the foreground? Also love that tablecloth design.

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    1. Thanks so much Sandhya, you are always so generous with your compliments :). Natural light is always the best for the photos, and oddly enough I’ve now started cooking in the mornings so that I can get that natural light for blogging :). No, those aren’t Meyer lemons, or they didn’t look like it anyway. Thanks for all your encouragement, you’re a doll 🙂

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    1. Thanks Sonal, it’s always good to hear from an experienced blogger such as yourself. Yes, I was just saying to Sandhya too (who commented on the photos), that natural light is the best and I’ve now switched to cooking in the mornings whenever I want to blog about something as I love the light that streams in through one particular window. 🙂 I’m sure the vegetarian keema with soy will be just as yummy! Do you not eat seafood? I made a lovely seafood paella on my previous post where I learned from a Spanish chef when I was in Madrid, it was such an amazing experience! I’d love to be able to do that more often when we globe-trot!

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    1. Thanks Ana, lovely to hear from you. Amazing what natural light will do for your photography eh? The days when I blog, I cook in the mornings, so I use that natural daylight streaming in through the windows, it makes such a difference. Otherwise it gets dark here pretty early in the winter time. Thanks for the visit.

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    1. Tuck away Ginger, it really was quite good. What’s your weather been like in the UK? It has gotten quite nippy here now, but happy to report that we’ve had no snow yet. It has been a relatively mild winter so far, even the spring bulbs are confused 🙂

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    1. Thanks Julie, curries just warm my tum and keep me comforted during the winter. Wouldn’t that be grand if we could actually hibernate for the winter months like bears do? But I think I’d miss my wine and chocolate :). Thanks for the visit Julie.

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    1. Thanks Beads, so nice of you to hop on and comment, I’m assuming you are receiving notifications. I’m really trying to learn about photography too, and blogging has allowed me this opportunity to put my skills to the test.

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    1. Thanks for your visit Suzanne, I do appreciate it. I’m sure there’s no dearth of Indian restaurants in NYC. We were visiting the girls over the weekend in Brooklyn, but I did make a lasagne and brought it over since we were helping one of them to re-decorate and time was limited. But I do like to venture out and taste different cuisines in NYC.

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  2. I love cooking Indian food, whatever the weather, and you have answered the question of ‘what is keema’ that we had in my house this week, thank you 🙂
    And thank you for joining us and fiesta Friday and sharing your lovely flavoursome dishes xx

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    1. I’m not familiar with Indian words either, but I knew that one :). How funny that you should have had that at your house this week too. Did your menfolk like it? 🙂 Thanks again for co-hosting xo

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    1. Thanks Mandi, I’m sure anything will go well. We had it with a cucumber yogurt salad. But I’m sure any plain veggies stir-fried would be great as the beef and rice are quite flavorful. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    1. Us too Dini, nothing better than a curry with all those amazing flavors. But I’m not crazy about cooking it in the summer time as curries generally take a long time in the kitchen. Thanks for stopping by. Happy FF!

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  3. We are on the same wavelength, aren’t’ we, Loretta? You know I am all over this dish! I would be so happy eating this for dinner tonight! I just can’t get enough curry on my dinner table! Thanks so much for sharing this with us and I hope you have an awesome FF! 😀

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    1. Yes, great minds for sure Julianna. Stay tuned for another curry recipe coming up this week….vegetarian this time. I think I do enjoy curries during the colder months, so I truly indulge. Would love to see more from you too. Thanks for popping over, enjoy Fiesta Friday 🙂

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    1. The lemon rice was a first for me Nandini, it was subtly flavorful and aromatic, loved it! I hope your appetite picks up, I’m sure with all your wonderful dishes, you’ll be right in no time. Look after yourself. Thanks for stopping by Nandini.

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    1. Thanks Judi. Don’t I recall that you took an online course on Indian cooking sometime? Or am I getting it mixed up. I’ve found that the best time for pictures is during the daylight hours, so believe it or not, that particular dish I cooked in the morning, so there was a ton of light streaming through, and I think it was portrayed in those pictures. Thanks for stopping by Judi, have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much Jhuls, the lemon rice was a first for me, but I’ll definitely be making it again. It was so light and flavorful with all that citrus and saffron. Give it a try. Happy Fiesta Friday to you too. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Johanne, you know I’ve started cooking in the mornings now if I want to blog on a certain dish. This makes it so much easier with the natural light flowing in. It is so hard to take pictures at night as it gets dark so early. I made a Thai chicken dish in the crockpot today, we aren’t allowed to eat it till tomorrow, as I need to take pictures and style it, my poor husband :). But all is not lost, I made a big pot of soup with a home-made baguette, I know he will be well pleased 🙂

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