Keema mattar is one of my favorite dishes, ever! I know I say that about so many of the recipes on this site. But keema is so FABULOUS! The flavors are complex, deep, and layered to perfection.
Keema mattar is somewhat reminiscent of picadillo in it’s popularity. This as a complex recipe, but I promise, if you have the patience to see it through, you will NOT be disappointed.
Nash’s response when asked how he would describe keema, “Oh ooooooooo”. Well ladies and gentlemen if that doesn’t sum it all up nothing will. (Insert facepalm here). Allow me to translate. What he means is, minced meat is difficult. It can easily be dry, tough, and flavorless. Keema is the exact opposite of all of those things. You slowly cook the meat over low heat to almost create a pulled pork effect. In that it’s mouth wateringly juicy, tender, and packed with an amazing array of flavors.
When you see a bowl of keema you wouldn’t imagine it to be as complex in flavor as it is. Simply because it’s a bowl of minced meat. It’s also a unique dish in that it’s not overly anything, meaning it’s not overly spicy, salty, etc. Instead it’s a sequence of flavors as it hits different parts of your palate. There’s ginger, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf, pepper, salt, and more. Yet none of these spices make the dish overwhelming and spicy, but rather it’s well spiced, if that makes sense.
This is a rather fancy dish simply because of how intricate the flavor is, how long it takes to prepare, and in general it was always seen as a dish for kings. That said, I like to serve it with fresh roti, daal makhni, cucumber raita, salad, and a sumptuous dessert like ras malai.
Rant #7: If you’ve ever known a North Indian you know we don’t like it when our foods are mixed together. AT ALL! Hence all the little plates and bowls. So as you’d imagine, buffets where you pile everything together, trough style, is a personal place of hurt and shame. Why do I bring this up? The “Oh ooooo” boy. He insists that keema is best used for Indian burritos. Roti, raita, salad, keema – and make it a wrap. Even as I write this I am giving him a look of great disdain. But sadly, in this one case. I do agree, it makes one bitchin kati roll. Aside from VERY specific instances, separate your food people! SEPARATE!
Looking for other fanciful dishes? Try these:
6 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories468
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 4.3g 22%
- Cholesterol 154mg 52%
- Sodium 206mg 9%
- Potassium 1036mg 30%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 6.6g 27%
- Sugars 8.5g
- Protein 45.5g 91%
- Calcium 9%
- Iron 29%
- Vitamin D 1%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.