On a night when you are looking for something that will cook quickly, taste great and you can make it rather inexpensively as well, Kheema is just the thing. You can serve it with rice, roll it in pastry to make samosas, stuff an eggplant or a zucchini (courgette) with it and add a bit of sauce to the top.
Kheema, means ground meat and I have made this recipe with all beef or beef and lamb mixed. It is just as good either way. It's a bit like sloppy Joe, Indian style coutesy Madhur and her Mum.
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into very thin 1/2 rings
4 TBS vegetable oil, less if using a non-stick pan
2 bay leaves
3" piece of cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves
2 medium sized onions chopped, larger than mince.
A piece of giner 1' by 1" peeled and finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 TBS ground coriander
1 TBS ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 TBS plain yogurt ( I add more)
2 TBS tomato sauce ( I add about 3 TBS)
2 pounds of minced meat (either half lamb, half beef or all beef or all lamb)
1/4 tsp ground mace
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 9I add almost 2)
1 cup of frozen peas
Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed 10 - 12 inch skillet. When it's hot, add the thin onion rings and fry them for about 5 minutes until they are dark brown a bit caramalized but not burned. Remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to drain.
In the same pan add the bay leaves, the cloves and the cinnamon stick. When the bay leaves begin to darken, add the finely chopped ginger, the other chopped onions and the garlic. Fry, stirring this for approx 10 - 12 minutes or until the onions begin to darken. Lower the heat slightly and add the coriander, cumin and turmeric. Fry and stir for 1 - 2 minutes. Add the yogurt and stir until it is incorporated. Now add the tomato sauce and keep stirring and frying for 2 minutes.
Add the meat. Raise the heat to medium - high and fry it, breaking up any lumps with a spoon, cook for 7 - 8 minutes. Add the mace, nutmeg, salt, cayenne and a 1/2 cup of water and stir. Bring it to a boil, cover it and let it simmer for 30 - 40 minutes. After the 30 minutes, uncover it and add the frozen peas, stir. Cover. Cook 10 minutes more. Add the fried onions and stir, remove the bay leaves and cinnamon stick.