South Asian-Style Ground Beef (Keema)


Simple desi (South Asian) recipe.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter, or more to taste

  • 2 onions, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ tablespoons curry powder

  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ cinnamon stick

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 potatoes, diced

  • 2 tomatoes, diced


  1. Melt butter in a large wok or skillet over high heat; saute onions and garlic until onions are almost transparent, about 5 minutes.

  2. Combine curry powder, salt, turmeric, cayenne pepper, black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon in a bowl.

  3. Stir ground beef into onion mixture and cook, breaking beef into small crumbles, until beef is cooked through and browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add curry mixture to ground beef mixture and stir well.

  4. Mix potatoes and tomatoes into ground beef mixture, reduce heat to medium, cover wok, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Oil can be substituted for the butter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
16g Fat
19g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 1049mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 23mg 113%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 653mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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