May 30, 2009

Lamb Kheema with Peas




Kheema is a traditional Indian dish made of spiced ground meat, usually combined with peas or potatoes. Usually made with chicken or lamb, however it's also great with ground turkey or beef. I love this dish because it is easy to make and taste great. Serve this with white or brown rice to complete your meal. Leftovers make great stuffed peppers!

Lamb Kheema with Peas
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 Size: 3/4 cup • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 239.8 • Fat: 14.5 g • Carb: 13.0 g • Fiber: 3.1 g • Protein: 15.6g • Sugar: 2.7 g
Sodium: 190.1 mg

Ingredients:
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, chopped
  • 2 tsp butter or ghee
  • 1 lb lean ground lamb (from loin or shoulder)
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 chili pepper, minced (or more to taste)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and fresh pepper

Directions:

In a large saute pan, heat ghee or butter and onions on medium heat. Cook about 8 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; cook another 2 minutes.

Add ground meat to pan and brown. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, cayenne, chili powder, turmeric, garam masala and cinnamon. Stir well. Add chopped chili pepper, cilantro, bay leaf, tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of water. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer about 15 minutes. Add frozen peas and simmer covered another 5-10 minutes.

53 comments :

  1. I give this 2 thumbs up!

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  2. This looks wonderful. My mother in law makes the best kheema ever. She uses potato cubes and red and green bell peppers but not peas. Yours looks great though, and extremely authentic! I have bookmarked it and I intend to try it out on Hubby Dearest. :D

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  3. Your kheema recipe is pretty spot on.

    My inlaws cook also makes it with crumbled firm tofu and it's a great way to serve it as well.

    Kheema is to Indian kids, what macaroni and cheese is to North America children. Since it's a very mild dish that adapts well to less seasoning, it is given to children as a quick easy meal.

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  4. I love this dish, a great way to introduce people to Indian food. I always order this when I go out for Indian and figured it would be very easy to make. My husband really liked it too and he is not as familiar with Indian cuisine.

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  5. Wow...this was so good and so easy to prepare. My son and husband who are meat and potatoes people really enjoyed this dish. My 2 year old loved it too! Yet another winner from this wonderful website! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us! I'm currently on WW, but hate bland diet food. Your recipes ar so refreshing!

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  6. The lamb kheema looks tasty!

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  7. I made this over the weekend. I love Indian food and have eaten a version of this. The spices were a wonderful mix. I think I'd try this same recipe with ground turkey breast because there was too much fat in the ground lamb. I purchased the lamb from a butcher but I'm not sure what part they used though it was all fresh. Thanks for the recipes.

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  8. Thanks a lot.Lamb kheema with peas is an interesting recipe. At last I have found something interesting and unique to serve to my guests during the holidays. I am sure that they'll love this lamb kheema with peas dishes. thank you for shearing your post.

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  9. This is so good! I used turkey rather than lamb. We'll be adding this to our regular rotation. I've shared it on my blog, too, with a link to you. Please let me know if that isn't OK with you!

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  10. It's great with turkey. Great with chicken too! Thanks for linking back!

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  11. I cannot wait to try this...I am east indian and the kheema my mom used to make was high in fat but it's nice to see a version that isn't!!

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  12. This was so yummy! I made it tonight with some okra and it was right on. My husband is from India and he also thought it was so tasty!

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  13. @Jessica, excellent! Glad you enjoyed this! I really love Indian food!

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  14. Gina, this recipe is great! I have made it six different times, once with lamb but I have also subbed tofu, ground turkey and beef. I also add diced carrots or any other veggies I have around and put some cilantro in my rice on the side.

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  15. Glad you liked it Steph:) Thanks for commenting!

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  16. Yum! I'm always looking for new ways to serve our homegrown lamb, and this is definitely my kind of simple recipe. Thanks! :)

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  17. how many points+ is it worth? Thank you...

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  18. this looks delicious, but do you have the full nutritional info inculding calorie count for it? thanks!

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  19. I'm making this for dinner tonight, and it smells delicious so far, but I'm a little confused. When was I supposed to add the ginger?

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    1. Same time as you add the garlic.

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  20. Gina -- My family loves keema. I make it with ground turkey and most of the spices you used, and at the end add a bag of spinach to wilt down. Probably not authentic but really, really good. Deborah

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  21. omg this was amazingly easy! and DELISH
    The smells in my place..Im surprised the neighbors werent banging on the door for food.

    anyhow, I cant believe how "authentic" this tastes, authentic Indian I mean...like restaurant food. So amazing! I have never heard of Kheema either and I eat at Indian restaurants regularly.

    For a kick, I added 2 med size serrano peppers ...ya it's a bit hot but so tasty!

    Gina, thank you again!!

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  22. I love Indian! Everytime I go out for it I try something different :)

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  23. Made this tonight for dinner. While eating it, my husband says "this is my favorite meal you make". Thanks Gina!

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  24. made this for dinner...yummy...My hubby doesn't like Indian food...so I froze the leftovers in 3/4 cup portions. I had it with Uncle Ben's individual servings of basmati rice..So good..thanks

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  25. My entire family LOVED this dish!!! Made it with beef as that is what I had on hand. Gina you saved my life with all your delicious recipes!!!!

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  26. This was a major fail in our household. Our family is majority Indian immigrants, but this was the first time I made kheema using lamb (I have used lean ground beef in the past). None of us liked the smell or the texture of the lamb. Plus it was very greasy. I will go back to my old kheema recipe (which uses fresh tomatoes plus potatoes).

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    1. Why would a family of Indian Immigrants utilize a recipe from an American cook? Couldn't you tap into one of your family members for a recipe? Very odd post..

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  27. Your Points+ total says 6, but WW Recipe Builder says 10. I used the exact ingredients and measurements you have here and made the number of servings 4. Where did you get 6?

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  28. Try adding juice of half a lemon at the end. Perfect!!

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  29. Also, I found the butter not necessary. Next time I will sauté onions in Pam & water and save a couple of points.

    If you find lamb too greasy, try browning separately from onions, drain and rinse then add to onions. I haven't tried this but it might help.

    My 5yr old just tried a bite and gave it thumbs up!

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  30. I bet this would be really good as filler for empanada shells or some other pastry dough, too. Perfect for packing lunch for school/work.

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    1. stuff some naan with it ftw

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  31. I made this tonight with turkey instead of lamb because I was unable to find lean lamb (same PointsPlus value for 93/7 turkey though, guys!)

    Delicious! LOVE Indian food :)
    I served over basmatti rice.

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  32. What kind of chili pepper works best?

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    1. Bird's eye (Thai) chili peppers are generally used in Indian cuisine

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    2. Jalapeno worked well for us down south in Texas..

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  33. I doubled this recipe and made it with ground bison instead of lamb (I left the cinnamon the same since I wasn't using lamb). This is a dish that my grandmother has made for me many times (she uses ground beef), so I know the spices well. It was pretty good. It was a tad under spiced for me so I ended up adding a ton of cayenne and a bit of garam masala at the end. I ate it with homemade baingan burtha and store bought garlic naan. I will be making this again.

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  34. Just made it - so yummy!

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  35. just made it...just as good as the Indian restaurant down the street, only cheaper! i made it with lamb this time as i love the taste; maybe next time i'll try the ground beef route....keep up the good recipes!

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  36. This RAWKS... the spice combination is simply perfect and the spice was lovely and hot!.. I will admit I added a little more cayenne than requested since I only had a half a Jalopeno on hand. It will become a favorite in our house..

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  37. I made this tonight with ground turkey. My husband declared it the "best ethnic dish" I've ever made. Absolutely wonderful!! We had your chicken & mushrooms earlier this week and I make something from your site almost weekly, if not twice a week. Thank you for all of your hard work!

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  38. Hello, I love love love your sight. Really excited to make this recipe. Question for you. I was trying to figure out how many points the recipe would be if I were to ground chicken breast myself. In doing that I looked up how many points is in a pound of chicken breast compared to how many was in a pound of ground lean lamb. Weight Watchers said there were 33 points in a pound of ground lamb that divided by 4 (servings) is actually 8.25 points, and that is just the lamb alone. Yet the above recipe says it is only 6 points total. Am I doing something wrong? I know it is not your job to teach me how to calculate points, but I just thought who better to ask? I often try to figure out other recipes in this same manner, maybe I am calculating incorrectly??

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  39. Prob waaay to late but does anyone think this would work with *stew* lamb? :)

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    1. It may, but really the best way to go is with ground lamb. Made this over a dozen times now, and it's always a big hit.

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  40. I used ground buffalo and served it over shirataki noodles...low carb, low fat, and scrumptious!

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  41. I make this dish with Turkey..much healthier !!

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  42. Made this tonight and it was delicious! Definitely a keeper, thank you :)

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  43. Sorry if I'm imposing my opinion on you...but how can you eat a cute little lamb:(

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  44. Help please.....Tomato sauce? ketchup or passata?

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  45. I'm Indian and i LOVED this recipe. It was totally easy to make and tasted exactly like any good keema that I've ever had (this was my first attempt at making it). Thank you!

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  46. perfection! I used ground lean turkey and follow the recipe exactly and it was amazing! Fantastic flavor. The spice was right on. This is now a staple in our house. Thank you!

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