Saturday, 19 October 2013

Lamb Keema Curry



Paige was home for Uni this weekend. I got a marvellous deal on lambs mince at our local farm shop. They wanted to make space and offered me 4 X 500g packs for £10! I nearly snapped the butchers hand off.

So I just had to make Paige's favourites, Lamb Keema also known as Keema Aloo although she actually has hundreds of favourites. Now I am blogging some of them so she can have the recipes. Watch out for Lamb Plait next.

I learnt about Indian cooking from an Indian family and also am lucky enough to have a few Pakistani friends who share tips. 

Where to buy the ingredients is possibly the best tip, I have a regular Asian grocery shop I now go to.The spices are a quarter of the price than most supermarkets. Bunches of coriander for literally pence. I wander for ages as there are just so many spices and seeds to try. They also have a freezer section.


Perhaps my fave find are Aarman garlic and ginger and chillies. A 80p for 20 big cubes of frozen spice.

I will always use fresh first but often cannot get out anymore so like  to have pastes and jarred products. But frozen is a closer fit.


Now with the frozen cubes I have near fresh  and none of the smelly fingers from garlic.


Lamb Keema is easy curry  for a beginner, its basically a mince and potato curry, peas for colour, its like a curried shepherds pie and after talking to my friends on Facebook, I am going to try that next, also considering popping it into pastry to make pasties.

I am giving you the milder version as then you can enjoy the flavours and then increase the spice if like us you prefer it. I actually added some 'Just Add' Chilli  near the end as it was a little mild.


Ingredients



1 tbsp  sunflower oil
 1 and 1 1/2  onions chopped
 1 frozen garlic and ginger cube 
1 green chilli cube
(Or 2 garlic cloves and 1 inch of fresh ginger and two green chillies or  1-2 tsps chilli powder)
2 tomatoes
Salt to taste
 1/2  tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
 2 tsp ground coriander
 1 tsp garam masala
2 tbs tomato puree
 500g lambs mince
 3 medium potatoes cut into small chunks.
 A handful of peas
Half a mug of water.

Method.

Heat oil in a large saucepan or saute pan.

Fry the onions until golden.


Add chilli, ginger and garlic
Cook for  1-2 minutes, the smell is divine!


Add chopped wedges of tomatoes
1/2 cup of water, salt if using and all the spices. Fry together for a minute or two.


Add tomato puree and cook for about 5 minutes. I add water if sticking.


Add in the lambs mince, fry until brown all over.


Add the chopped potatoes and peas,  a little water then cover and cook for 30 -40  minutes


Add more water to prevent from drying out.
Serve with naans or rice.

16 comments:

  1. Mmm YUM! This looks so easy! I might try it with beef, would that work? Don't like lamb!!

    Sarah xx
    http://www.fridayisforeverblog.com

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  2. Yes beef would work, it would work with any meat really.

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  3. This looks delish....I love curry. The frozen herb/spices are a great idea. I must give this recipe a go :)

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    1. I like the frozen cubes, no wastage and all natural ingredients Hope you like it.

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  4. Frozen spices are genius, def going to give those a try!
    http://www.myfamilyfever.co.uk/

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    1. They are, I would never have known about them if I had not asked for a recipe for a lentil curry.

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  5. I've not seen those frozen cubes, must look out for them. I make pesto in huge batches and freeze it in cubes, it's so handy that way, so I now just how useful these would be. The whole dish looks delicious and it's far too long since I've made it.

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    1. That is a good idea for the pesto. Another meal we all adore is pesto pasta.

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  6. This looks and sounds so yummy, those frozen cubes are such a fab idea x

    Beautyqueenuk xx

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    1. Thank you. There are other herbs in the range.

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  7. Most definitely going to give that a try out it looks and sounds gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I'd never heard of frozen spices before, will have to investigate. I gave you a mention on my "Must-try recipes of the week" round-up : http://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.com/2013/10/this-weeks-must-try-recipes-2010.html

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, off to look at that and all the others.

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  9. Lamb keema is a favourite of mine. I love it with boiled rice. I'd add chopped green chillis as I like it hot! You can get frozen chilli - to make it easier.

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    1. Its a lovely taste and like you we like it hot but wanted people to just enjoy it as a fragrant flavour if not keen on spice.

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