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In a multi-racial, multi-cultural family, it is easy to be creative because people keep introducing you to different things. I've made this dish my own by introducing new spices.
Keema is a staple in Pakistan; this dish is aromatic, made with oil, and minced beef. Meat is prevalent in the cuisines of Northern India and Pakistan where many people follow Muslim halal traditions (pork is not allowed). Cooking local dishes on an international assignment is a great way to understand different cultures.
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I've added my favorite spices to the dish. They are influenced by traditional blends. I've added chat masala, but you can use other masalas or curry powder.
The dish also contains pomegranate seed, nodding to the Persian influence in the region. The pomegranate seeds are the key to this dish. The masala and the coriander seeds can be replaced by curry powder, but not the pomegranate!
The recipe and preparation is part of the video chat, but here is the recipe if you want to try it yourself.
|1 tablespoon of ghee or olive oil||1. Cut the potatoes in to small pieces and pre-cook in the microwave for 3 minutes (or until slightly cooked).|
|1teaspoon pomegranate seeds||2. Chop the onion.|
|1 teaspoon Chat Masala||3. Add the ghee (or olive oil) to the pan.|
|1 teaspoon of Tumeric||4. Add the garlic and ginger paste and then onions.|
|1 teaspoons coriander seeds||5. Add the meat, brown, and then add the spices and stir well.|
|1 teaspoon of garlic and ginger paste||6. Add the tomato puree.|
|1 pound of ground beef||7. Add the potatoes and peas.|
|1 medium onion (finely chopped)||8. Serve in a bowl with bread and yogurt.|
|1 cup of peas|
|1 tablespoon of tomato puree|
|2 large potatoes (chopped)|
|Plain yogurt and naan bread|
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