This authentic Indian minced meat Qeema recipe is so delicious, it’ll become a regular at your house!! And nothing’s better than the fact that you make it within 20 minutes!!
Qeema is a classic Indian dish that won’t ever disappoint you! Plus this recipe is SO simple that anyone can make it! Have it with naan, chapati or some rice, you’ll love it in every way!
This minced meat recipe goes super well with some green chutney and naan – that’s the way we love it the most! You can even get creative with it and make lettuce wraps out of it. It’s spicy, but it won’t burn your mouth. It’s delicious, yet super easy to make. Basically, we think this is the best Qeema recipe you’ll ever try!!
And as promised, we’re back again with a new recipe!! To be honest we were dying to put this one out – because it really is one of our all-time favorite Indian foods.
We’ve decided to make some changes too that we wanted all of you guys to know! So from today’s post onwards, Aena will be solely writing all the posts, while Arvin will be taking care of the photo editing, social media promotions etc. And of course, Aena is the Pinterest queen – as we like to call her! ? So let’s let Aena take over from today! (warning: she loves to talk! ?)
Hi guys! So you’re left with me now! ? I have taken over the blog!! ?
So yes, qeema. I absolutely love qeema in general – I’ve grown up eating it and this recipe was handed down to me by my mother. Some thing many people don’t know is that my mom is actually a certified chef like Arvin and I! And she did the course with us!! Now that’s a whole new story for another day.
This recipe uses very simple ingredients. The only special Indian ingredient you’ll need is garam masala – which is basically a mix of spices, ground together. It goes in almost all Indian dishes, so it really is worth investing in. It’s also the only special Indian ingredient we used in our super easy to make Spicy Indian Chapli Kebab recipe as well as our Authentic Indian Karahi Curry. So my advice is to head over to your local indian grocery store and buy this spice!
Till not too long ago, Arvin hadn’t even tried qeema! The first time I ever made this for him was more than a year ago, back when we were still living in Dubai. I generally have a habit of having super spicy food, while Arvin – not so much. Okay no, to be fair, he does have spicy food quite often – I just have a different level of spicy.
So yeah, in the beginning, I would accidentally end up making Indian food that was way too spicy for him to handle. And being the sweetheart that he is, he would keep eating it despite tears falling down his face because of the excessive spiciness and he’d keep telling me that he loved it. Cute, right?
We have come a long way from then. Actually he has ?. His spicy level has seriously gone up! And I’ve tried to control the spices in my Indian cooking.
Anyway, jokes aside, this really has become even his favorite Indian food and that’s why we’ve been so excited to share this on the blog! Better late than never right?
Don’t worry though!! This recipe is just the right kind of spicy – it won’t burn your mouth and it will still have a nice subtle flavor!
So let’s get on with today’s chef tips! If you don’t already know, we write tips everyday along with each of our recipes detailing all the little things no one else points out! Basically everything you need to know to make the recipe the right way.
Chef Tips ?
- Make sure the onions are finely chopped to get the authentic indian qeema taste. Otherwise, the onions will be too chunky and won’t mesh into the meat by the time the qeema is completely cooked.
- You can substitute the garlic and ginger that goes in the qeema with garlic and ginger paste – but trust me the flavor will not be the same. What makes this recipe special is its fresh ingredients!
- Top off the qeema with some julienned ginger and chopped green chillies.
- A green coriander and mint chutney goes really well with this minced meat recipe!
So here’s the perfect qeema recipe! ?
- 400g minced meat
- 1 large onion chopped (or 1 ½ medium onion)
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 tbsp heaped ginger finely chopped (1 ½ inch long piece of ginger)
- 1 tbsp heaped garlic, finely chopped (5 cloves)
- ½ to 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes (for garnishing)
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder (heaped)
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 cup water
- Heat oil on medium heat then add in onion – cook until transparent and add garlic and ginger.
- Cook till the onion is golden brown then add the minced meat.
- Cook the meat till the its color changes to brown. Reduce to low heat.
- Add in spices when the meat starts taking out its juices.
- After 30 seconds of adding the spices – add 1 cup water.
- Cover the sauce pan and leave on low heat till the water evaporates.
- Garnish with julienned ginger, red chili flakes and serve with naan or rice.
1. Make sure the onions are finely chopped to get the authentic indian qeema taste. Otherwise, the onions will be too chunky and won't mesh into the meat by the time the qeema is completely cooked.
2. You can substitute the garlic and ginger that goes in the qeema with garlic and ginger paste - but trust me the flavor will not be the same. What makes this recipe special is its fresh ingredients!
3. Top off the qeema with some julienned ginger and chopped green chillies.
4. A green coriander and mint chutney goes really well with this minced meat recipe!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 89mg Sodium: 393mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 28g
Loved this super easy Qeema recipe? Then you’ll definitely love our Authentic Indian Karahi Curry recipe!! Trust us, everyone’s been loving it! Plus this was our first recipe that went viral – and for a good reason! We’re sure it’ll quickly become your favorite!!