South Asian-Style Ground Beef (Keema)

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  • Published Aug 31st
  • Ready In45m
  • Servings6
  • Calories280
Simple desi (South Asian) recipe.

South Asian-Style Ground Beef (Keema) Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious South Asian-Style Ground Beef (Keema) for 6 servings:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, or more to taste
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced

South Asian-Style Ground Beef (Keema) Cooking Instructions

  • Prep15m
  • Cook30m
  • Ready In45m

To cook South Asian-Style Ground Beef (Keema), you need about 15 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this South Asian-Style Ground Beef (Keema) is about 30 minutes , and you can serve your South Asian-Style Ground Beef (Keema) within 45 minutes . The following are the steps to cook South Asian-Style Ground Beef (Keema) easily:

  1. 1 Melt butter in a large wok or skillet over high heat; saute onions and garlic until onions are almost transparent, about 5 minutes.
  2. 2 Combine curry powder, salt, turmeric, cayenne pepper, black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  3. 3 Stir ground beef into onion mixture and cook, breaking beef into small crumbles, until beef is cooked through and browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add curry mixture to ground beef mixture and stir well.
  4. 4 Mix potatoes and tomatoes into ground beef mixture, reduce heat to medium, cover wok, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Oil can be substituted for the butter.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 280 calories; 16.1 grams of fat; 19.2 grams of carbohydrates; 15 grams of protein; 57 milligrams of cholesterol; 1049 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Apr 22nd 2019

    We loved it. I did use chilli powder instead of cayenne pepper to tone done the spice. Used ghee instead of butter. Also eliminated the potatoes and added some keto friendly mixed vegetables ...

  2. Jul 8th 2018

    Was so spicy that nobody could even eat it and we are fond of spicy food. I really should have known better after looking at the ingredients and the amounts. Nobody to blame but myself on ...

  3. Sep 13th 2017

    My husband did not stop raving about this dish and told his colleagues at work about it the next day. That's a big win, in my estimation. It is delicious and quite easy to make. I made on ...

  4. Jul 25th 2017

    Love how spicy it is. I followed the recipe as written, except instead of potatoes I used garbanzo beans. Had no potatoes on hand. Definitely a keeper.

  5. Sep 4th 2016

    It was too spicy! And I'm Indian!

  6. Jun 21st 2016

    Delicious and simple to make. As others did, I browned the onions and garlic with the ground chuck to save a step. Used a can of diced tomatoes; omitted the cayenne pepper because we don't l ...

  7. Jun 19th 2016

    We loved it. The only thing I would change about the recipe is simply to state in the instructions that the burner should NOT be on HIGH when melting the butter. New cooks may not the realiz ...

  8. May 15th 2016

    Made it pretty much as written, just substituted canned diced tomatoes for the actual tomatoes and garam masala for the curry powder. Tasted great with rice - will definitely make it again!

  9. Jan 10th 2016

    Vegetarian version! I used Asian Ground round, white and sweet potatoes, kale and lentils and 1 cup vegetable stock! Delicious!! Definitely make it again!