Busy mum's beef and veg keema

    50 min

    This tasty keema recipe has been a family favourite ever since I discovered it when raising my eldest son and I had little time to cook. It's low fat, healthy, child friendly, quick to make and it freezes well.

    5 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 1 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 heaped tablespoon korma curry paste
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 500g very lean beef mince
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 1/2 butternut squash, diced
    • 1 stick celery, chopped
    • 1 (400g) tin chickpeas, drained
    • 120g frozen sweetcorn
    • 120g frozen peas
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander or mint

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion for 2 to 3 minutes, without browning. Add the garlic, curry paste and cumin and stir-fry until fragrant.
    2. Add the mince and stir-fry until the meat has a crumbly appearance and is no longer red.
    3. Add the tomato, bay leaf, soy sauce, carrots, butternut, celery and chickpeas. Place the lid on the saucepan and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the carrots and butternut are soft.
    4. Add the sweetcorn and peas and reheat to simmering point.
    5. Remove from the heat. Add salt and pepper and check the taste; add more if needed.
    6. Serve on couscous, topped with the fresh herbs.

    Freezing tip

    The Keema freezes well and is a good dish to take on holiday or on a hiking or camping trip.

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    Reviews in English (6)


    I made this just tonight with a few alterations. Was very filling and very nice.  -  20 May 2013


    Easy to make, healthy and very tasty.  -  06 Mar 2015  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    Loved this recipe. Added potato instead of pumpkin. Would also make a great pie filling. Husband won't eat chick peas so omitted them even though I think they would be a great addition.  -  09 Jul 2013  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)