Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Lamb Keema (Lamb Mince Curry)

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This recipe taken from The New Malaysian Cookbook, borrowed from my friend recently,  was originally called Kambing Keema(goat keema). Keema means minced and since I decided to use lamb, it would be more appropriate to call it a Lamb Keema. :) 
Keema is a traditional Indian meat curry dish that usually consists of minced meat, peas and potatoes. A mild curry with not much heat and the whole curry is well rounded off with the addition of coconut milk.
It's my first time cooking from this cookbook and we loved it!! I can see myself cooking a lot more from here...until I have to return it, that is...... :P
225g minced lamb
3 tablespoons curry powder
salt to taste
5 tablespoons oil
2 large onions(diced small)
4 cardamoms (bruised)
5 cloved
1 star anise
2cm cinnamon stick
1cm ginger (pounded)
2 cloved garlic (pounded)
500ml thin coconut milk
2 potatoes (diced 2cm)
2 tomatoes (diced 2cm)
60g green peas
10 curry leaves
2 sprigs coriander leaves (chopped)
sugar to taste

1) Combine minced mutton, curry powder and salt. Set aside for 10 mins.
2) Heat oil. Saute diced onions until fragrant.
3) Add cardamoms, cloved, star anise, cinnamon stick, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and lamb. Stir till mixture is dry.
4) Gradually pour in 125 ml coconut milk. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 mins.
5) Put in diced potatoes and the remaining coconut milk. Continue stirring till the potatoes are soft. Put in diced tomatoes and peas.
6) Adjust seasoning to taste.
7) Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


  1. That lamb keema looks delicious! A great dish when it's fresh outside and you need a comforting meal...



  2. Lovely Keema, nice to go with rori canai too :D

  3. That look absolutely scrumptious! *drool*

  4. Lot of ingredients, sounds complex and delicious

  5. I love keema curry (I often cook Japanized keema curry haha)...I don't eat lamb but I can replace it with pork or something. The thought of adding coconut milk already salivates my mouth. I love that taste and I won't get bored even if I eat it everyday....

  6. I have never heard of keema curry (but I am not a specialist of the Indian cuisine really...). It looks luscious and so colourful! Like an extension of the past Summer...

  7. that looks so good... will definitely try it out

  8. I love keema, haven't tasted lamb keema but i've ate beef keema before. Its really a great and delicious curry that goes with anything be it flat bread, rice or even spaghetti. Nice post.

  9. Thanks for the comments everyone! It was delicious and am sure it'll taste as good if replace with some other meats. Yes I could eat it everyday too! :)

  10. What a great looking curry dish! I've never had a keema before but it looks very interesting. I've had curried lamb and loved it, but it was quite different from this, so I look forward to giving this a try!

  11. I enjoy lamb (esp lamb curry) but don't think I have tried lamb mince curry.

  12. Gorgeous, I think lamb is certainly the best meat for most curries. Would love to try this out. x


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