Indian Beef and Peas / Kheema

adapted from Spice Goddess – Bal Arneson

1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp minced ginger
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup dried curry leaves, crushed
1 Tbsp garam masala
1 tsp mustard seeds, crushed
1/2 tsp cardamom seeds, crushed
1 pound ground beef
1 pinch salt, to taste
1 cup frozen peas


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add ginger and onions and cook until softened and beginning to turn golden, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add curry leaves, garam masala, mustard seeds and cardamom seeds, and cook for 20 seconds.
  4. Add the ground beef, sprinkle with salt and stir to break up any chunks. Continue to cook until the beef is cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  5. Stir in peas and cook until they turn bright green, about 2 minutes.
  6. Serve with flat bread or naan.
  • I prefer the spice seeds to be crushed to spread the flavor thru the dish a little more. If you prefer, you can leave them whole as Bal Arneson does.
  • The flavor may vary a little depending on the garam masala mix being used.


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