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Beef Keema (Ground Beef)

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 1/3 cup oil canola/sunflower/vegetable
  • 1 large yellow onion thinly sliced in half rings
  • 1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 4 green chilies sliced lengthwise
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves
  • ½ inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 cup yogurt brought to room temperature


  • Heat oil in a medium-sized saucepan. Add onions and fry on medium-low heat till evenly brown for 10 minutes.
  • Add crushed ginger and garlic and fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add green chilies and fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add ground and whole spices and fry for 1 minute. Add a splash of water to deglaze the pan if needed.
  • Increase heat to medium and add ground beef and salt. Fry till no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups water and bring to a simmer. Lower heat, cover and let the beef cook for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add yogurt and stir continuously on medium-low heat for about 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, place in serving platter and garnish with finely chopped cilantro and chilies.
Keyword gluten free, ground meat