Qeema Indian Curried Beef - Authentic, FAST and no hunting down unusual spices. An interesting way to use ordinary ground beef!
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Qeema Indian Curried Beef

An authentic Indian spiced ground (minced) beef recipe known as Qeema (or keema or kheema). This is a gem of a recipe because it tastes incredible but unlike many Indian dishes, there are no hard-to-find spices in the ingredients. And it's super fast - on the table in 20 minutes! Recipe very slightly adapted from this Authentic Indian Minced Meat Qeema by Scrambled Chefs.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 394kcal
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats


  • 3 tbsp oil (any other than olive oil) (Note 1)
  • 4 tsp ginger , finely chopped
  • 5 large garlic cloves , minced (about 4 tsp minced garlic)
  • 1 large onion , finely diced (about 1 cup of onion)
  • 1 lb /500g ground beef (mince)
  • 3/4 tsp salt (I use table salt)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder or cayenne pepper (Note 2)
  • 1 1/4 tsp garam masala (Note 3)
  • 1 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water


  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • Cilantro/coriander leaves


  • Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Add ginger and garlic and saute for 1 minute until fragrant - don't let it burn! Add onion and cook for 1 minute until it is starting to turn translucent.
  • Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go, until it changes from pink to light brown. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT water. Cook until the beef is cooked through - about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add water, give it a stir, then put the lid on. Turn heat down to medium and let it simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the water has evaporated.
  • Garnish with red chilli flakes and cilantro/coriander leaves. Serve with basmati rice or plain white rice - and/or


1. You can reduce the oil to 1 1/2 tablespoons if using a non stick fry pan. I like using the full amount of oil because it makes it nice and juicy!
2. Please note that in America, "Chilli Powder" is not pure ground chilli, it contains other spices like paprika and is not very spicy. This recipe calls for pure ground chilli for spiciness. Cayenne pepper is a great substitute if you don't have pure chilli powder.
3. "Garam Masala" is an Indian spice mix and nowadays, it is available at mainstream supermarkets (in Australia -> Coles, Woolworths, Harris Farms)
4. Leftovers would be FANTASTIC to stuff inside Parathas which are Indian stuffed flatbreads!
5. I made a quick yoghurt dressed side salad: chopped tomatoes and cucumbers tossed with yoghurt, lemon juice, finely chopped mint (or cilantro/coriander) and salt and pepper.


Serving: 172g | Calories: 394kcal