Monday, 14 January 2013

Cookalong: Indian Meat and Potatoes

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Growing up I used to eat mince and potatoes. When I married my husband, his English mum gave me a book with a keema recipe in it.

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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You can see, hear and chat with me while we cook together using Liveplate Video Chat. To get access to the video chat you need to RSVP by creating a account (you can use your Facebook account) and clicking on the RSVP (this event) button. Once you have RSVP'd you will see a Join the Event icon. On the day, use the icon to join the Liveplate Video Chat.

Keema Recipe

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.

Ingredients Preparation
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
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1 tablespoon of tomato puree
2 large potatoes (chopped)
Plain yogurt and naan bread

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  1. I love keema! Asian food really is the most flavoursome! Who would have thought that aloo peas could taste so good!

  2. Sounds delish and easy to make! Can I use ground lamb instead of beef (we don't eat beef)? Are the pomegranate seeds fresh or dried?

  3. Awesome! Can't wait to join the cookalong!

  4. Yes you can use lamb. Lamb and pomegranate are a great combination. The pomegranate seeds are dried and ground.

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