Kheema (Indian Spiced Minced Mutton with Peas)
There’s always that one dish that your Mother makes the best and this is one of my Mother’s best! Kheema is a traditional Indian dish that is often made with minced mutton (you can substitute for minced chicken, beef etc) and peas or potatoes.
4-5 tbsp oil
2 medium onions, chopped
1 tbsp ginger, minced
1 tbsp ginger, julienne
1 tbsp garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes, puréed
Salt to taste
10-12 whole black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2-3 tsp coriander-cumin powder
1 bunch coriander leaves, chopped
1 cup peas, frozen or fresh
250 grams minced mutton, with or without bones
Heat oil and add cumin seeds, black peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon. Let fry for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
Add ginger and garlic and cook for another 1 minute.
Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander-cumin powder and half of the coriander leaves.
Add the tomato puree and let cook for 4-5 minutes or until oil starts to ooze out.
Mix in the peas and minced meat with bones as well as 1/2 cup water. Add some more in the cooking process if the meat starts sticking to the frying pan.
Mix and season with salt. Don't forget to break apart the meat with your spatula/spoon while it cooks to avoid lumps of meat. Cook for 20-25 minutes over a low flame and finish off with a sprinkle of the remaining coriander leaves.
Serve hot with chapati's, rice or bread and a side of kachumbari.