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Aloo keema in an Indian carbon steel bowl from the front.
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aloo keema

Aloo keema is a dry potato and minced beef or lamb curry that makes a great change when you want to mix up your curry rotation.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Calories: 760kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp garlic ginger paste
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tsp kasoor methi - fenugreek leaves
  • 2 tsp Indian restaurant spice mix
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 green finger hot chilies - thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste - diluted with water to the consistency of passata
  • 15 oz curry base
  • 12 oz cooked potatoes - cut in 1/2 inch cubes
  • 12 oz pre-cooked keema
  • juice of 1/6 lemon


  • Combine Indian restaurant spice mix, kasoor methi, chili powder and salt in a small bowl.
  • Dilute the tomato paste with enough water to get to the consistency of passata.
  • Heat your frying pan (don't use non-stick) briefly over medium heat.
  • Add 2 Tbsp vegetable oil. Use all the oil specified. It's important.
  • When the oil starts to shimmer in the garlic ginger paste and the green chilies. Cook it, stirring constantly, until it stops sputtering.
  • Turn down the heat and add the spice mix. This is the critical step. Stir it constantly for 30 seconds. If it starts to darken lift the pan off the heat. You want the spice mix to cook in the oil but not burn.
  • Turn the heat up to medium high. Add the diluted tomato paste and stir until bubbles form (the oil will likely separate). This takes around 30 seconds to one minute depending on the heat.
  • Add 3 oz of curry base. Stir until bubbles form (little craters really), around 30 seconds. Watch the edges of the pan. The curry can stick here.
  • Now add 6 oz of curry base and stir briefly. Let it cook until the bubbles form again. This takes 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the curry base and let cook until the bubbles form. Turn the heat down to low and add the pre-cooked keema.
  • Let the curry simmer for about 3 minutes. If it gets too thick add a bit more curry base. Don't add water.
  • Add the cooked potatoes and cook another 2-3 minutes to warm them through.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, taste and adjust salt and lemon to taste.
  • Garnish with thinly sliced green onions and green chilies if you like.


The recipe for curry base is here.
The recipe for indian restaurant spice mix is here
The recipe for garlic ginger paste is here.
The recipe for beef or lamb keema is here.
If you haven't read about Indian restaurant technique yet, do that before you start cooking.
Have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go.
If you are making multiple curries, have your curry base warming in a pot on the stove. If you are just making one, microwave it to warm it up right before you start cooking.
Indian restaurants pre-cook their meat so it's ready for service. This recipe assumes the same. To pre-cook chicken, simply simmer it with a bit of curry powder and salt in chicken stock for about 10-15 minutes - until it's barely cooked.
To pre-cook lamb or beef, do the same but plan for 1 to 1/2 hours for lamb and 2 hours or more for beef. You are making stew meat so you are braising until tender. You will need to keep an eye on the level of the stock. For beef use beef stock.


Serving: 2servings | Calories: 760kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1090mg | Potassium: 1322mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 26.6mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 9mg