Pakistani Beef Keema (Ground/Minced Beef) Recipe

Ground meat also known as minced meat in the U.K, and as Keema in the Indian Subcontinent, is widely made throughout the world. It can be made from beef, chicken, lamb and more. Keema comes from the Turkic word “qıyma” meaning minced meat. The recipe I made today is a Pakistani style of beef Keema, with loads of spices that will surely be the perfect meal to-go. You can eat it anytime from breakfast to dinner and it is high in protein. It can be accompanied with roti, naan or rice and you even put it in a sandwich, as well as raita and onions.  

Ingredients for Keema:

  • 3-pound ground beef/chicken or mutton
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 ½ tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp salt or salt to taste
  • ¼ tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 5 whole spices- Garam masala (1-inch cinnamon stick, 5 whole black pepper, 3 whole cloves, 3 whole green cardamom and 1 black cardamom)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil or ghee
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp yogurt


  • 2 medium sized potatoes (peel and diced)
  • ¼ cup frozen or fresh peas

Ingredients for Garnish:

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 green chillies cut into slices
  • ½ medium size onion, chopped
  • 1-inch fresh ginger cut into julienne
  • ¼ tbsp 5 spices powder

Preparation: Two Kinds of Methods for Cooking Keema

Method No: 1

  1. In frying pan (medium karahi), put the heat on high.
  2. Add all ingredients except vegetable oil/ghee, yogurt and water.
  3. Stir for 5 minutes in high heat and then add water.
  4. Cook and cover with lid in low heat for 30 minutes or until ground beef is tender.
  5. After 30 minutes, uncover the pan and put the heat on high, add vegetable oil or ghee and stir for 5 minutes, add yogurt and stir for 5 minutes or until oil appear.
  6. Put the heat on low, cover the lid and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Note for adding potatoes: (When oil is appearing on the surface, add diced potatoes and cook on low heat until potatoes are tender.
  8. After potatoes are tender add peas if desired, add chopped coriander leaves, slices of green chillies, julienne ginger and 5 spices powder, cook for 5 minutes). You can add more water for gravy.
  9. After 5 minutes turn off the stove.
  10. In bowl place the ground beef and garnish with chopped coriander leaves, slices of green chillies, chopped onion, julienne ginger and sprinkle some 5 spices powder on the top.
  11. Serve with rice, roti or paratha as well as sliced onions and raita (located at the bottom of the page).

Methods No: 2

  1. Heat the oil in frying pan.
  2. When the oil is hot, add slices of onions and fry until golden brown.
  3. Add ground beef and stir for 7 minutes.
  4. Add all spices, tomatoes, garlic and ginger paste and stir for 10 minutes or until ground beef colour changes.
  5. Add water, and vegetables if you desire (e.g. potatoes and peas or other) cook for low heat, cover with lid for 30 minutes or until ground beef is tender.
  6. After turn off the stove.
  7. Garnish with slices of green chilli, coriander leaves, chopped onion and julienne ginger
  8. Serve with rice, roti or paratha as well as sliced onions and raita (located at the bottom of the page).

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