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.


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.


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.


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

    Sarah xx

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

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

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

  4. Frozen spices are genius, def going to give those a try!

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

  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.

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

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

    Beautyqueenuk xx

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

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

  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 :

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

  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.

    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.