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Kheema Matar (Beef and Pea Curry)

Rated as 4.4 out of 5 Stars

"An easy and delicious curry dish with aromatic spices to warm you up from the inside out. Serve warm with rice or a side of naan bread."
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1 h servings 374
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  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, jalapeno pepper, curry, garlic, ginger, and bay leaves. Cook, stirring occasionally, 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 the 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.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute the fat or oil of your choice for the ghee if desired. Use a Thai pepper, serrano pepper, or omit the chile pepper if you prefer. Substitute 1 1/2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes for the canned if preferred.
  • Substitute ground lamb for the beef if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 374 calories; 20.9 20.9 25.1 85 644 Full nutrition

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Made exactly as described and my family gobbled it up. Delicious. Not hard to make, quick prep.

I have not made this recipe, but the chef Aarti S suggested adding 2 tsp of malted vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) at the end of cooking to expose the flavors

We just put in 2 serving of ground cumin instead of cumin seeds. It was very quick and easy to make, and tasted simply delicious! It was just a little bit spicy for the young ones in my family- ...

My picky hubby who is not a lover of spices loved this. I'm definitely going to make it again, some time soon.

Make it exactly as stated every time. Delicious!

It was the best. Family loved it. My son-in-law made a point to tell me he liked it especially. Great recipe.

- more salt and spices (although too much spice and it has a nutty bitterness) - added mushrooms

It’s good, it just needed a lot more salt than the recipe called for. Other than that, pretty easy and my family loved it. We served it with small flour tortillas and made wraps... an Indian fam...

I thought this was great, my husband didn't like it as much as I did. He found it a little bland. Could have used a little more of a kick as I think one jalapeno gets lost. Next time, I will kee...