What is keema matar?
Keema matar is a type of Pakistani/ Indian curry dish that is made with minced meat and green peas. In Urdu/ Hindi, keema literally means minced meat, and matar means green peas.
And this curry dish (curry is called Salan in Urdu) is one of my boys’ favourites. Especially my elder son. So naturally, I cook this dish quite regularly. At least once in a few weeks.
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When I started learning to cook curries, I used to use a ready-made spice mix that you can get from Asian shops. They have an extensive range of choices. But since we’ve had the boys, I don’t really use the shop-bought spice mix anymore. Because they’re quite spicy and hot. The kids are not keen on the heat. Neither is my husband. Although I’m personally okay with spice and chillies. In fact, the hotter the better for me 😀.
Anyway, so over the years I’ve tweaked all the curry recipes that I learned from my sister-in-law. I’ve swapped the hot chillies with warm paprika. But I take care with other spices. Because I don’t want to lose “the authentic flavour” that I know from the original dish and similar recipes.
Now, I’m gladly sharing the recipe with you and happy to say that this recipe is acknowledged as having “Pakistani lamb keema matar” taste. And I received this comment from one of my husband’s friends from Pakistan who came to visit us some time ago.
Pakistani lamb keema matar recipe
Although I use lamb minced meat for this recipe, you can always use beef if you prefer. But I won’t use chicken minced meat though. Well, technically you can use chicken too, just change sweetcorn kernels instead of green peas. Because they go well with chicken meat, just like the green peas go better with red meat.
However, it’s up to your personal preference.
You can enjoy this lamb keema matar with plain white Basmati rice. But it’s equally lovely to have it with chapati, pitta bread, or naan bread. So again, it’s your personal choice 😉.
If you enjoyed this recipe, feel free to share it and pin it on your Pinterest. And don’t forget to check my other recipes that you’ll equally love.
- Not-too-spicy chicken kebab patties.
- The best Indonesian sweet soy chicken.
- Indonesian vegetable curry with hard-boiled rice: lontong sayur Betawi.
- Gado-gado Jakarta: vegetable salad with peanut sauce from Jakarta.
- Indonesian Mung bean fritters: perkedel kacang Hijau.
- Indonesian sweetcorn fritters: perkedel jagung.
Thank you, and all the best.