Thursday, September 07, 2006

Keema Matar (Minced Lamb with Green Peas)


Minced meat (500 gms) (you can choose lamb or goat, I am not sure minced beef will work well in this formula so I'd advice against it.)
Green Peas - 1 Cup
Onion - 4 medium sized, chopped finely
Ginger - a 5" piece
Garlic - 10 cloves (again, I am a heavy garlic person, please use discretion)
Coriander seeds - 1 Tsp (powder)
Cumin seeds - 1 Tsp (powder)
Green chillies - 5 chopped
Red chilli powder - 2 Tsp
Turmeric Powder - 0.5 Tsp
Bay leaves - 3
Tomato - 1 chopped
Garam masala (and I mean the mix of cardamom, cinnamon, and clove, not the packet variety of garam masala that tastes of nothingness)
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
Cooking oil
Coriander leaves


Heat one tablespoon each of cooking oil and ghee in a kadhai. Add bay leaf and fry for a minute.
Add chopped onion, ginger and garlic and fry till light brown. Add coriander and cumin seeds powder, red chili and turmeric powder mixed in half cup water and cook for three to four minutes.

Add chopped tomato and green chilies and cook till tomato is fully dissolved. Add keema, salt and sugar and fry till the fat begins to leave the sides of the pan. Add a cup of water, green peas and garam masala powder. Cook on slow fire for ten minutes or until meat is tender.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with roti, nan, paratha or steamed rice.


Abhimanyu Sahai said...

Great effort, and slurpily lovely photos. I badly miss my own living single, cooking solo days in Lyon. All I had was a miserable hot plate but I came to love cooking dearly! (and yes with extra Garlic).
I haven't had Bengali food more than once but with no qualms about putting on weight, I adore Bengali sweets and have mishthi dohi twice a day..
Do you make dessert too? (erm.. my favorite question that I have to ask every cook)

Reshma Sanyal said...

Hey AS,

Thanks for the appreciation. This blog was horribly comment-deprived. I always thought you hated meat, at least that is what your Orkut profile leads people to believe.

Mishti doi TWICE a day? That is *some* adoration indeed. Please try the variety @ Annapurna Sweets, Yusuf Sarai (near Nirulas and the Indian Oil Building) if you haven't already. You will love that.

I haven't tried too many desserts but a comment on this blog is enough to make me try.

Watch this space!

Abhimanyu Sahai said...

Yes I do hate meat. It just doesn't go down my throat, though I wish I weren't a limp-wristed, lisping veggie boy- I think non-vegetarian food IS important for a good physique! What I meant was that it all looks so good in photos, no matter what lie beneath the curry!

Incidentally, I WAS near Annapurna today (*irrelevant information alert*) for my TOEFL. But I had a moodswing and opted for coffee chocolate chip from Nirulas instead. Such is life. I have eaten at Annapurna before and their Kheer Kadam is our family favorite!

Do you expect many comments on this blog? I mean it's very well written and duhh and all but it's not the literary or personal life masaala that is most commenters' food..
Whatever, but do keep writing re. Hope the fan following grows to match your other blogs' and I'll watch the space. May that kitchen exhaust ALWAYS be on. :-|

Reshma Sanyal said...

I'm thinking of posting some "cult food" recipes too. You know, golguppa, paneer paratha, malpua, that everyone has eaten a thousand times but can still be foxed when making it at home!

Thanks for coming by.