Keema with peas

Keema with peas

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(72 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
Put a new spin on mince with this spicy Indian dish. Serve with poppadums, chutney and cooling yogurt

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen before peas are added

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal427
  • fat27g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre4g
  • protein30g
  • salt0.33g
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  • 1 large onion, chopped



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  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4cm piece ginger, grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 green chillies
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 500g lamb mince



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • ½ a can chopped tomatoes (freeze the rest), or use 2 medium fresh tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 200g frozen peas or cooked fresh peas
  • 1 small bunch coriander, chopped


  1. Chop the onion, garlic, ginger and chillies together in a food processor. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the mixture until it becomes very fragrant. Add the mince and fry until it begins to brown, stirring to break up any lumps.

  2. Add the spices and fry for 1 min. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer, cook for 1 min, then stir in the yogurt, some salt and a good grind of black pepper. Add a splash of water if you need to, then cook the mixture for 30 mins. Add the frozen peas and cook for 5 mins, then stir in the coriander. Serve with Indian breads or poppadums, chutney and some more yogurt.

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17th Mar, 2020
This is a very easy recipe and tastes wonderful. Made it for the first time at the weekend (the night before) and it went down a treat with our guests. I only used 2 tsp garam masala (could the 2 tbsp be a miss print) Will definitely make it again.
8th Mar, 2020
I joined BBC Good Food so I could warn others about this recipe. It’s awful. My husband rushed to get mouth wash and my friend who never says anything rude about my cooking did!! Overriding taste of garam masala.. bitter and disgusting. Was rescued to a point with the addition of loads of tomato purée, salt, sugar and more water and cooked down for a second time.
Adrian Jarvis
9th Jan, 2020
I've been cooking this dish for over 30 years. The spice mix I use for 400g of mince is 1 tsp fenugreek powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder, 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp mild curry powder. With this is 1 onion, 1 1/2 tsp each of minced ginger and garlic, 1/2 tin chopped tomatos and 3 tsp tomato puree. 500 ml beef stock. 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper. 1 cup of frozen garden peas and handful of fresh coriander 10 minutes before serving. 10 minutes to fry the onions, garlic, ginger, mince and spice mix in a heavy oven dish on a medium flame. Add the rest of the ingrediants, stir and cook covered in an oven at 150C for an hour.
1st Dec, 2019
This needs to be taken down it's inedible. An absolutely insane amount of garam masala makes the whole dish taste like soap. Total waste of ingredients.
20th Nov, 2019
I agree with a previous reviewer about the garam masala making it too bitter or a bit bland without anything to counteract. My solution was to add about 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon - instantly lifted the flavours of the dish and transformed it into something very enjoyable.
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Gill Lyon
8th Jun, 2018
I love my curries and have made various variations of keema so I thought id try this one, its vile sorry :( the spices arent balanced enough in this dish, its laden with Garam Masala and that bitterness shines through despite having put the yoghurt in, the way the recipe is written isnt clear cut and a bit of a shambles to follow really and I had to refer back to make sure everything was added at the correct time, I done the fresh tomato version which only added moisture but absolutely no flavour so Id recommend using the chopped toms out a can, I had to add extra garlic and loads of salt and pepper to get any flavour to this dish at all , if your not fussy what you eat give this a bash but I think All Recipes online has much much easier and tastier keema recipes than this, i personally found this hard to swallow:( the flavour was way too bitter for my liking even with adding a little sugar to try break it up:( its a definite no from me and a complete waste of ingredients
4th Oct, 2017
This is a popular midweek family meal and thankfully the kids love it. I generally serve with chapattis or rice and an aubergine curry. Alternatively I stuff hallowed out aubergine with it and bake
26th Jul, 2017
This has become a family favourite. Very tasty with turkey mince. Add more chilies if you like it spicy though. Also, garam masala composition/flavour can be very variable so choose a spice mix to suit your tastes.
9th Mar, 2017
I used a full tin of chopped tomatoes, skipped the yoghurt and added a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Delicious!!
6th Jan, 2017
Good easy recipe. I adjusted the level chillis as kids eating it and added more ginger and some dried coriander. Also used beef as less fat and also added some left over spinach as I had it to use up, and put the whole tin of toms. I put yoghurt in at end as mine was low fat and didn't want it to split. Tasty for family mid week meal


29th Aug, 2014
2 tbsp garam masala 2 tsp turmeric s seems a lot of spice? That is a whole Schwartz 30g jar of garam masala!
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11th Sep, 2014
Yes this is the correct amount, it shouldn’t be a whole jar, you need to measure out with the spoons to gauge the volume and not measure by weight.
8th Aug, 2017
When making this I realised what the comments were all about, I agree that the flavouring was lacking something (although I did feel the 2 chillies added enough spiciness) - I found that adding some cinnamon did the trick for this dish to balance out the flavours and give it another dimension. Will make again, but with the cinnamon.
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