Keemay jo saak … or Keema curry … or ground beef curry … either way .. it’s my fave curry! This is my mom’s recipe that I used to eat growing up. I tweaked the method slightly so it’s faster! You don’t need to stand there browning the onions (I used fried onions). I also don’t like visible chunks of tomato in my food…lol. I know I can get picky. None of that in this dish, but it’s packed with flavour and reminds me of a comforting home cooked food. I served this with rice but you can also have it with naan or rotli (chapati).
– 1 lb ground beef
– 2 medium tomatoes quartered
– 3/4 cup fried onions
– 1 heaping tbsp garlic paste
– 1 heaping tbsp ginger paste
– 3 tbsp tomato paste
– 1-2 green chilies (adjust according to taste)
– 1/2 tsp red chili powder (optional)
– 1 tsp salt or to taste
– 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
– 1 tsp coriander powder
– 1 tsp cumin powder
– 2-3 potatoes in pieces
– 2-3 tbsp oil
– 1/2 tsp garam masala
– 1.5-2 cups water
– 2 tbsp lemon juice
– Chopped fresh cilantro
1. Cook beef in a pot on medium heat (without oil). Once cooked, drain in colander and keep aside.
2. While the beef is cooking, blend tomatoes, ginger and garlic paste, tomato paste, chilies, chili powder, salt, turmeric, cumin and coriander in a blender until smooth.
3. In the same pot you cooked the beef, heat oil on medium heat and add blended mixture. Cook on medium-low for 4-5 minutes stirring often.
4. Add fried onions to the pot, let cook for a couple of minutes, stirring often.
5. Add cooked ground beef and 1 cup of water and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
6. Now add potatoes and another 1/2 to 1 cup of water and simmer on medium-low heat, covered for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Occasionally open the pot to make sure it doesn’t stick and that potatoes don’t get mushy. Check now for curry consistency and salt. Add more water or salt as needed.
7. Turn off heat. Sprinkle garam masala and lemon juice. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Enjoy!