Keema Matar

Keema Matar

        Minced meat (keema) - 1/2 kg, washed and drained
        Onions - 2, finely chopped
        Tomatoes - 2, finely chopped
        Green peas - 1/2 cup
        Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tbsp
        Green cardamom - 2
        Black cardamom - 1
        Bay leaf - 1
        Cinnamon stick - 1"
        Cloves - 3
        Green chilies - 3, slit length wise
        Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
        Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
        Coriander powder - 1/2 tbsp
        Red chili powder - 1 tsp
        Yogurt - 1/4 cup, mixed to a smooth paste (curd)
        Garam masala pwd (1 elaichi, 2 cloves, 1/2" cinnamon stick, 2 black pepper corns)
        Salt to taste
        Cooking oil - 2 tbsps
        Ghee - 1 tbsp
        Coriander leaves for garnish


        Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker, add green cardamom, black cardamom, cinnamon stick, cloves and bay leaf and allow to sizzle. Add green chilies and chopped onions and saute till the onions turn transparent, approx 5 tms.
        Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for 3 mts. Add the minced meat and turmeric pwd and cook on high without lid for 4-5 mts. Stir in between. Reduce flame and cook for 5 mts.
        Add the red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt and mix well. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 3-4 mts on medium flame. Add a 1 1/2 cups of water and yogurt and place lid and pressure cook up to 3 whistles or until the meat is almost cooked. Turn off heat. Allow the pressure to come down. Open lid and add the fresh green peas.
        If you want more gravy, add a little more water at this stage. Cook with lid on low flame for 10 mts or till you get the desired gravy consistency. Add garam masala pwd and mix. Turn off heat and remove to a serving bowl.
        Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis, pulao or white steamed rice.


        If not using a pressure cooker, add 2 cups of water, place lid and cook over medium flame.
        Tomato puree can be added instead of chopped tomatoes.
        Potatoes can be added too. Add them after the tomatoes are cooked and before adding water.