This is a Pakistani dish. When ever my mother makes this dish there is none left. She does not like to be heavy handed with spices, which makes her cooking light, yet aromatic. We usually eat this dish with warm pita, raita (yogurt laced with a dash each of salt, black pepper, cumin powder and chopped green chilies), and finely sliced onion laced with lemon juice.

Asma

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and saute until light golden, then throw in the garlic, and cook for 1 minute. Put in 1/4 cup of the water and tomato, then season with salt, red chili powder, cumin, and turmeric. Simmer for 1 minute.

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  • Add beef and cook for at least 10 minutes, adding another 1/4 cup of the water when it gets dry. When the beef mixture is dry, pour in the black-eyed peas. Cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of water, and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until all of the water has cooked down, and you can see the oil.

  • Remove from the heat and mix in the garam masala. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle the lemon juice, cilantro, and green chilies over the top.

Nutrition Facts

372 calories; protein 16.2g 32% DV; carbohydrates 17.6g 6% DV; fat 27g 42% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 950.9mg 38% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2019
I found this recipe about 15 years ago on an unknown website. This is a wonderful Pakistani Keema. I make it each time I have leftover roast beef. In fact, I purposely make to much roast so that we can have this dish! I've never made it with the ground beef as others have suggested, but I have made it with ground lamb. One way I deviate from this recipe, is to double the ingredients and add extra spices to make the dish more suitable to our taste. I serve it with boiled basmati or jasmine rice and my sides are Asma’s choice, warm pitas, raita, and finely sliced onions laced with lemon juice. Leftovers are even better for lunch the next day. This dish is FANTASTIC! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2008
I made this with ground beef. I'm giving it three stars because made as written I would think this would be an incredibly bland dish. I added the seasonings to personal taste and it turned out great. Served over basmati rice. Thanks Asma! Read More
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35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2019
I found this recipe about 15 years ago on an unknown website. This is a wonderful Pakistani Keema. I make it each time I have leftover roast beef. In fact, I purposely make to much roast so that we can have this dish! I've never made it with the ground beef as others have suggested, but I have made it with ground lamb. One way I deviate from this recipe, is to double the ingredients and add extra spices to make the dish more suitable to our taste. I serve it with boiled basmati or jasmine rice and my sides are Asma’s choice, warm pitas, raita, and finely sliced onions laced with lemon juice. Leftovers are even better for lunch the next day. This dish is FANTASTIC! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2004
This is good i used lean ground beef and 1 clove minced garlic. i omitted the cilantro and chopped pepper. Served over rice. Thanks Asma Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2008
I agree with many of the other reviewers that the ingredient need to be increase especially the spices. What i find a little strange is that the spices are added to the meat and water when in fact in Indian cooking spices a fried briefly to release their flavours. I therefore added them to the onions just before adding the meat which i also fried briefly. All in all this is a simple quick and tasty meal. I served it with a little Basmati Rice Naan bread Lettuce with a spoon of Raita on top. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2008
I made this with ground beef. I'm giving it three stars because made as written I would think this would be an incredibly bland dish. I added the seasonings to personal taste and it turned out great. Served over basmati rice. Thanks Asma! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2003
This recipe is excellent. It tastes delicious and isn't too hard to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2004
This was absolutely delicious. It tasted even better than it smelled whilst cooking! I've even made it with turkey mince to great results. This one is definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2009
Being of Indian decent I thought it was unusual to see these spices in a beef dish (we didn't grow up eating beef in our house for the sake of Hindu family members). So I had to give it a try! Glad I did. The flavors are much more subtle than I'm used to but I liked the overall result. Very easy dish. I didn't have tomatoes so tossed in about 1/4 cup picante sauce instead. Also used very lean ground beef (4% fat) and reduced the amount of oil to 2 TBSP. It would've been too greasy otherwise (but I have noticed that food from Pakistani restaurants is very oily so that might be a cultural preference). For anyone who can't find the spices in their area you may order them online from Penzeys.com. I've been using them for years--the quality of spices is excellent and they can be cheaper than the local grocery store. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/21/2008
We need to develop a better name for this recipe because the current title doesn't do it justice. For someone like myself who likes spices (yes I also increased the amount of spices used) and wants to increase protein intake this is a wonderful dish. The cumin the heat of the chili powder and chilies and the aroma of the garam masala really blend and flavor the beef well. The only reason I didn't give the recipe 5 stars is because this is essentially a bowl of beef. As Asma suggested warm up some pita bread make the raita (fyi: for those unfamiliar with Middle Eastern cooking she means plain yogurt - not vanilla!) etc. I purposely double the dish so that I can take any leftovers for lunch where I serve the meat on top of lettuce additional tomatoes and a light vinaigrette (sometimes just additional lemon juice but usually a bit of oil and vinegar.) Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2010
Very tasty but a bit too greasy for my taste. I would advocate caution in adding the first 1\4 cup of water. My oil was too hot and we had a very exciting few minutes of hot spitting fat! We will definitely make this again but would probably only use 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil. Even using lean beef mince a lot of extra oil is generated. We served this with rice stir fried swiss chard (with garlic and soy sauce) and the Easy Chickpea Curry on site. Great supper - thank you! Read More
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