Keema Matar (Beef and Pea Curry)


Keema matar is an easy and delicious ground beef and pea curry dish. Its aromatic spices will warm you up from the inside out. Serve this dish warm with rice or a side of naan.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 cups frozen peas


  1. Melt ghee in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds; stir until fragrant and starting to crackle, about 1 minute. Stir in onion, jalapeño pepper, curry, garlic, ginger, and bay leaves. Cook, occasionally stirring, until onion starts to soften, about 5 minutes.

  2. Pour tomatoes into the skillet; stir to combine, about 2 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and salt; stir thoroughly. Add beef; cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up meat, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until flavors combine, about 15 minutes. Add frozen peas, cover, and simmer until heated through, about 10 minutes. For a thicker consistency, increase heat to medium and simmer curry, uncovered, until sauce reduces, about 5 minutes.


If desired, you can substitute fat or oil for ghee, freshly chopped tomatoes for the canned ones, and ground lamb for beef. You can use a Thai or serrano pepper instead of the jalapeño, or omit the chile pepper altogether if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

374 Calories
21g Fat
21g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 374
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 644mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 28mg 141%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 638mg 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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