A few of my friends have been requesting that I cook them one of my favorite traditional Northern Pakistani dishes so that they can try something from my heritage. I decided to make my mom’s Keema Aloo recipe which means Minced Meat and Potatoes. The recipe is easy, healthy, and has lots of flavor. I recommend using grassfed ground beef (Open Nature Grassfed ground beef at Safeway is also Halal and paleo). I chose to substitute regular yogurt with Greek yogurt to increase the protein in the dish (and because I already had Greek yogurt in the fridge. :)) You can serve Keema Aloo on rice like we did tonight, eat with naan/chapaati, or simply enjoy by the spoonful in a bowl.
I hope you enjoy my favorite comfort food! It was very well received by my friends.
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1lb beef or 1lb ground chicken
- 1 teaspoon ginger root, minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons yogurt
- 2 -3 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 large potato, peeled and diced
- 1 teaspoon garam masala (**Both Safeway and Real foods were out of garam masala so I added half a stick of cinnamon, a dash of cumin, and a pink of cumin seeds)
- 2 green chilies, chopped (optional)
- 3 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped (for garnish)
Fry onions in a heavy based pan over medium heat.
When onions are soft but not brown, add meat, garlic and ginger and cook over medium heat about 3-5 mins or until all the moisture has dried from the minced meat.
Add spices + 3 tbsp water and stirring constantly, cook another 2 minutes. The meat may seem like it needs more liquid, but you will be adding more water later.
Add chopped tomatoes and yogurt and cook for about 10 mins, stirring constantly.
Add potatoes, mix well.
Add 1 cup of water, cover andcook 30 mins over low heat or until potatoes are tender.
Add garam masala , chillies and coriander right before serving.
Serve hot with naan,chapati or rice.