A bowl of pakistani kima over a bed of white rice

Pakistani Kima

This is by far one of the most popular recipes on our website.


It’s no wonder… the browned meat combined with the warm spices, the subtle sweetness of the potato and the slight acidity of the tomatoes make this a perfect one pot meal

What is Pakistani Kima?

It may sound exotic but really it’s just a delicious stew typically made with ground meats and vegetables.  It can be cooked stovetop, but I love how fast I can make this in my Instant Pot

 A little bit of prep, 12 minutes of pressure cooking and you have an amazingly flavorful dinner on the table

I used 1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey (you could use ground beef as well), 1 cup of chopped onion, 3 garlic cloves coarsely chopped & a tablespoon of coconut oil

Saute the onions and garlic in the coconut oil in a pressure cooker for about 5 minutes until softened

Add in the ground meat and saute another 8 minutes until lightly browned

Be sure to drain the excess fat at this point if you’re using ground beef

Now for the stars of the show…  The spices!

You’ll need one level tablespoon of curry, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger and 2 whole bay leaves

Add all spices to the meat and onion mixture and give a stir to combine

Peel and dice one large sweet potato (about 2 cups), rinse one cup of dried lentils, and measure one cup of broth and one 28 oz can of diced tomatoes with juice

Place all into the instant pot and stir

Close the lid to the instant pot and set for 12 minutes of pressure cooking.  Let the steam release naturally and open lid after the pressure has subsided

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Remove the bay leaves and discard

Add in a cup of peas and gently stir to combine.  Replace the lid and let sit for about 5 minutes until the peas are warmed through

Re-season with kosher salt and black pepper if necessary

We served over white rice with a scallion garnish

A bowl of Pakistani Kima over a bed of rice

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A bowl of pakistani kima over a bed of white rice

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Simply Sundays! ~ Pakistani Kima

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds of ground meat, such as turkey or beef

1 cup of chopped onion

3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Spices:

1 level tablespoon of curry

1 teaspoon of kosher salt

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of cumin

1/2 teaspoon of paprika

1/2 teaspoon of oregano

1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger

2 whole bay leaves

1 large sweet potato (about 2 cups)

1 cup of dried lentils

1 cup of broth

One 28 oz can of diced tomatoes with juice

1 cup of peas

Scallions for garnish (optional)

Directions

Chop a medium onion and slice 3 garlic cloves; saute the onions and garlic in coconut oil in your pressure cooker for about 5 minutes until softened

Add in the ground beef or turkey and saute another 8 minutes until lightly browned; drain the excess fat if using ground beef

Add all spices to the meat and onion mixture and give a stir to combine

Peel & dice 1 large sweet potato (about 2 cups), rinse one cup of dried lentils and measure one cup of broth and one 28 oz can of diced tomatoes with juice.  Place all in pot and stir

In an electric pressure cooker, close the lid and set for 12 minutes of pressure cooking.  Let the steam release naturally and open lid after the pressure has subsided

Remove the bay leaves and discard

Add in a cup of peas and gently stir to combine.  Replace the lid and let sit for about 5 minutes until the peas are warmed through

Re-season with kosher salt and black pepper if necessary

Tools used to make this recipe

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Simply Bamboo Cutting Board

Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set

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6 thoughts on “Pakistani Kima

  1. Mine turned out to be the best Qeema/keema ever! according to my family. The dish was off the hook.

    1. Sure, just omit the ground beef/turkey and replace with ground tofu. There are many great ground tofu options available at the grocery store. You can also omit the ground meat and double the amount of lentils if you’d like. Please let us know which you choose and how it comes out!

  2. Any ideas for stove top and/or oven instructions? Never knew there were electric pressure cookers! Going to Google 🙂

    1. Hi, yes, this can be easily adapted for the stovetop. Follow the same steps for sauteing the onions, garlic and meat, but use a large saucepot on your stove. Once all of the ingredients are mixed in, cover & cook on medium heat for 30-40 minutes or until the potatoes and lentils are cooked through, stirring occasionally. Add in peas at the very end until warmed through. Enjoy!

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