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Keema Matar in a lunchbox

Easy Keema Matar

Janan Sarwar
Keema matar, or minced meat and pea curry, is a quick and flavorful lunch or dinner perfect for busy families.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1 lb. ground beef, lamb or chicken
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped (W)
  • 1 Tbs. plain whole milk yogurt (W)
  • ¾ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt or more for taste
  • 1 cup frozen green peas (W)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp. fresh lime juice optional (W)


  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil, cumin, onion, garlic and ginger powder and gently fry.
  • Add the ground beef and cook for a few minutes, stirring often, until it’s no longer pink and most of the moisture dries up. Break up the meat into small pieces to avoid any irregular lumps of meat.
  • Add the tomato, yogurt, paprika, turmeric and salt and continue to cook for 2 minutes, until the tomatoes begin breaking down and the liquid begins to boil.
  • Lower the heat to medium, cover and allow it to cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Uncover the skillet, stir in the peas, and add ¼ cup water.
  • Cover the skillet and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until the peas and meat are cooked.
  • Adjust the salt and spices to your preference, lower the heat again and allow the additional liquid to evaporate.
  • Remove from heat and squeeze in lime juice.


  • Keema is versatile and can be served in a bun, eaten with bread, or served over rice.
  • This keema recipe also tastes great mixed in with a favorite pasta recipe with tomato sauce.
  • This meal tastes best hot.
  • Ingredients with a “W” next to them are WIC-eligible items. WIC is the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children in the United States. It provides food to families with pregnant or postpartum women and young children. WIC-eligible items will vary based on location.


Calories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 23gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 564mgPotassium: 559mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 584IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 4mg
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