Indian Keema Matar Recipe in Instant Pot or Stove-top

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Keema Matar or Keema Mutter, is an Indian food dish where minced or ground meat (Keema) is simmered with warm Indian spices (garam masala) and finished by sautéing with Green Peas (Matar or mutter).

This dish, like many meat dishes in the northern part of India, is said to have Persian roots and was brought to India by the Mughals.  The simplicity and ease of this dish makes it a weeknight wonder, and it’s elegance makes it an entertaining classic.   Folklore has it that during the Mughal period, the royals used to serve it on special occasions.

Its easy to customize this keema recipe to your style and taste.  You can make chicken keema, mutton keema or use your choice of ground meat: chicken, turkey, beef, pork, or lamb.  You can substitute peas with potatoes and you have yourself another classic from the book called “Keema Aloo” (Minced meat with potatoes).  This is a semi-dry dish and you can be enjoy it with Naan, pita bread or with simple basmati rice.
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Stovetop Instructions

Keema Matar can be made in a skillet, in a sauce pan or in a pressure cooker.   The recipe shown in the video is instant pot keema recipe that I made using my electric pressure cooker, the Instant Pot DUO.  Making the keema curry on the stovetop is also a breeze.

Here’s how:

  1. Start by heating a skillet on medium high heat. When it’s heated (about 30 seconds to a minute), add oil and add chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for a minute.
  2. Add salt and all dry spices and sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Then, add 1/4 cup water and 3 tablespoons of tomato paste. Adding water makes it easier to stir and blend the tomato paste. Stir and sauté for 30 seconds.
  4. Add 1/2 cup water and ground meat. Adding the water with the meat helps in incorporating the spice mix with the meat. Use a wooden spoon or a tall spatula to break the meat it into smaller chunks. Mix it well.
  5. Cover the skillet. Reduce heat to “Medium” and cook for 15 minutes, stirring once in between. If using ground chicken, adjust cooking time to 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid, turn on the heat to Medium-high and add frozen or fresh peas. Sauté for 1-2 minutes , till the extra liquid evaporates and peas cook through. Turn off the heat. Stir in some fresh chopped cilantro and you’re done!

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Dishes with Keema Matar

I use this instant pot recipe as a base to many fusion dishes in my home. We love making Indian Sloppy Joes with it, or wrap it in a tortilla, add some cabbage slaw and make a Keema Matar Wrap, and my kids’ favorite twist to this is Keema Quesadillas! Check out the the recipe for these delicious quesadillas here.

Another great option is Keema Naan Pizza. It is simply delicious. I like to cut it up in pieces and serve it as appetizers for cocktails or big parties too!

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Keema Matar | Spicy Ground Meat with Peas in Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Keema Matar is an Indian dish where ground or minced meat (Keema) is simmered with warm Indian spices (garam masala) and finished by sautéing with Green Peas (Matar).

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 408 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Finely chop onion and ginger-garlic.  Turn on the Instant Pot on Sauté. Wait 30 seconds for it to warm up. Add oil and chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for a minute.

  2. Add salt and all dry spices and sauté for 30 seconds. Add 1/4 cup water and 3 tablespoons of tomato paste. (Adding water makes it easier to stir and blend the tomato paste.) Stir and sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Add 1/2 cup water and ground meat. Adding the water with the meat helps in incorporating the spice mix with the meat. Use a wooden spoon or a tall spatula to break the meat it into smaller chunks. Mix it well.
  4. Close the lid. Set valve to Sealing. Cook on Manual for 10 minutes and then release the pressure manually (QR). If using ground chicken or turkey, reduce the cook time to 8 minutes.
  5. Open the lid, turn Instant pot on Saute. Add frozen or fresh peas. Sauté for 1-2 minutes till the extra liquid evaporates and peas cook through. Turn off the IP. Stir in some fresh chopped cilantro and you're done!
Stove top recipe
  1. Start by heating a skillet on medium high heat. When it's heated (about 30 seconds to a minute), add oil and add chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for a minute.

  2. Add salt and all dry spices and sauté for 30 seconds.  Then, add 1/4 cup water and 3 tablespoons of tomato paste. Adding water makes it easier to stir and blend the tomato paste. Stir and sauté for 30 seconds.

  3. Add 1/2 cup water and ground meat. Adding the water with the meat helps in incorporating the spice mix with the meat. Use a wooden spoon or a tall spatula to break the meat it into smaller chunks. Mix it well.

  4. Cover the skillet. Reduce heat to "Medium" and cook for 15 minutes, stirring once in between. If using ground chicken, adjust cooking time to 10 minutes.

  5. Remove the lid, turn on the heat to Medium-high and add frozen or fresh peas. Sauté for 1-2 minutes , till the extra liquid evaporates and peas cook through. Turn off the heat. Stir in some fresh chopped cilantro and you're done!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Keema Matar | Spicy Ground Meat with Peas in Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 764mg 32%
Potassium 562mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 15.9%
Vitamin C 22.8%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 20.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 Comments

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  • Reply
    Shivika
    March 24, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Hi – if I were to substitute dry spices with Keema masala from the indian store – how much do you think I should use? Thanks!

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      March 24, 2018 at 9:17 am

      Hi Shivika, depending on how spicy the pre-mix is, I would think around 2 tablespoons. You can always adjust and add more later and saute for a little more. Hope this helps!

  • Reply
    zahra
    September 7, 2018 at 9:28 am

    if I use 2 pounds of keema is the cook time the same?

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      September 7, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Hi Zahra, yes, the cook time remains the same. Enjoy!

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