Indian Lamb Keema Matar Recipe
Indian Lamb Keema Matar Recipe

Indian Lamb Keema Matar Recipe

Keema Matar means minced meat and peas.  It may sound pretty ordinary but this dish is so much more. It’s absolutely delicious! The mince comes alive with the Indian spices. Best of all it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. I have chosen to make a spiced lamb mince because the spices taste so much better with the flavour and fat of lamb.

Lamb Keema Matar Recipe

Lamb Keema Matar Recipe

Keema matar is a dryer style curry which originated in North Indian. I like to serve the dish with homemade chapati bread.  Just by adding big scoops of keema to a chapati you have a yummy, finger food style meal.

Keema Matar

Keema Matar

Having said that, the dish is equally as good with rice.  I rarely have leftovers, but if you do you could use the mince to make Keema Samosa.  Samosa with the spiced lamb mince are a whole other world of deliciousness!

Chapati with Spiced Lamb

Chapati with Spiced Lamb

As with all Indian cooking, the most important consideration is the ingredients. Selecting authentic spices will give the perfect flavour to a dish. It has taken me a lot of years to realise that chilli powder in the supermarket is not Indian Chilli powder. The taste, heat and colour of Indian Chilli powder is completely different.

Indian Keema Matar Recipe

Indian Spiced Mince Recipe

To find the correct spices I like to go to an Indian store. In Coffs Harbour we have Om Namah Indian Grocery store. In larger cities most Asian or gourmet grocer have a good range of spices. Look out for the brands pictured below for the Garam Masala and the Chilli Powder.

MDH Indian Spices

MDH Indian Spices

Other than spice selection the recipe is very straight forward and takes about as long to make as frying mince. I’ve included the Thermomix and stove top recipe method. In both recipes I’ve suggested using Niter Kibbeh as the oil of choice. This is not critical, I like the extra depth of flavour the Niter Kibbeh gives the Keema. If you don’t have Niter Kibbeh ordinary cooking can be substituted.


Indian Lamb Keema Matar


  • 750gm lamb mince
  • 125gm brown onion
  • 20gm peeled garlic
  • 20gm peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 long red chilli
  • 1 long green chilli
  • 50 gm niter kibbeh or oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp Indian chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 125gm fresh tomato
  • 30gm fresh coriander
  • 150gm frozen green peas


  1. Add the green peas to the steaming tray and reserve for later.
  2. Add onion, garlic, ginger, red and green chilli to the TM bowl. Chop 5sec/speed9.
  3. Scrape the bowl down.
  4. Add the niter kibbeh or oil to the TM bowl. Sauté 5min/varoma/speed 2.
  5. Next add the turmeric, cumin, coriander, garam masala, chilli powder and salt to the TM. Cook for a further 2min/varoma/speed 2.
  6. Place the whole tomato in the TM. Blend 5sec/speed 8.
  7. Add the coriander to the mixture. Cook 3 min/varoma/speed 2.
  8. Finally add the mince meat to the TM Cook 12min/varoma/speed 2, remove the MC and layer the steaming tray with the peas on top of the TM bowl. Cover with the steaming lid.
  9. Stove Method
  10. Saute grated onion, garlic, ginger, red and green chilli in oil or niter kibbeh until translucent.
  11. Add the dry spices and salt to the mixture and fry for one minute.
  12. Brown the lamb mince in the spice mixture.
  13. Cut the tomato in half with the top up. Grate the tomato into the mince mixture and throw away the skin.
  14. Add the coriander with the tomato.
  15. Cook for a further 5 minutes to allow the favours to meld together.
  16. Add the green peas and cook until just heated through.

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  1. That kinda reminds me of chili con carne with peas instead of kidney beans. It looks mouthwatering, Julie.

  2. I’m loving your Indian recipes at the moment Julie. Looks so yummy.

  3. SO flavorful and yummy! Perfect recipe to shake up my dinner menu!

  4. Love this dish! And often order it in Indian restaurants. Never made it myself for some odd reason — don’t know why not, and I do cook a fair amount of Indian dishes. Gotta put this on my “To Make” list. Thanks!

  5. This sounds so yummy!!! I’m always after new dinner recipes to try! Thank you xx

  6. Meat and peas, there maybe nothing better in my mind . i am going to try this on my food phobic son Julie

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