Mutton Keema Recipe

It’s the middle of the week and you have a family to feed with very little time to do so. You can grab fast-food which is loaded with unhealthy chemicals or you can make a very nutritious and healthy meal right in your own kitchen, in no time at all. Mutton Keema is such a meal.

This dish is perfect for the kids and is versatile enough to serve many ways. Keema means minced meat and this Mutton Keema is a beautiful and tasty rendition of the traditional Indian recipe. Mutton Keema is a delicious curry dish that is simple and easy to make. It is also a quick dish to prepare to make it perfect for dinner anytime.

This dish is made using mutton here as they did in the traditional dish. There are many recipes of Mutton Keema. No two recipes are alike and a wide range of ingredients are used.

Traditionally this dish is made with mutton, peas and potatoes. We offer a healthier version here leaving out the potatoes but you may serve them on the side if you wish. Mutton Keema is versatile enough to eat in its true form or made into kebabs. The choice is yours and with this tasty, and spicy meat entrée.

The spices in this recipe pack a mountain of health benefits making Mutton Keema not only a tasty crowd-pleaser but also a healthy meal choice for you and your family.

This recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to three months. Make a large batch and freeze into meal size portions to pull out and thaw quickly for a tasty meal. Usually, mutton takes a long time to cook as it needs to stew to become tender but the mutton here is ground making it quick to cook.



Ingredients for Meat and Marinade

  • 450 grams of minced or ground mutton
  • 2 large finely chopped onions
  • 75g frozen peas
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 2 tbsps. ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ cup tomato puree, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1/8 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat cooking oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the cinnamon stick, bay leaf, cardamoms and cloves. Sauté.
  2. Add in the chopped green chillies next, along with the chopped onions and sauté until the onions are golden brown in colour.
  3. Add in the garlic and ginger paste and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Now lower the heat under the pan and add in the minced mutton. Sauté for 3 minutes more on the low heat. Add salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Add the red chilli powder, turmeric, and garam masala.
  6. Sauté for 4 minutes on the low heat.
  7. Lower heat even further and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Add tomato puree and sauté some more until the tomato puree is perfectly blended with all other ingredients. This should take about 5-6 minutes.
  9. Add ¼ cup water and peas. Stir and cook covered until the mutton is tender.
  10. Remove lid. Salt and spice to taste. If the sauce is too runny then allow cooking until the water evaporates stirring frequently to avoid burning. More masala may be added to help thicken the gravy as well.
  11. Sprinkle coriander leaves over the top.
  12. Remove from heat and leave covered until ready to serve.

Mutton Keema is wonderful served with rice and fresh vegetables such as cucumbers and onions. You can also serve it with the bread of mashed potatoes. Roll it into meatballs or kabobs for a fun new dish the kids will love. Serve it with any beverage that you desire from a nice red wine to tea.

This dish is the perfect thing for a quick dinner. Because it is so easy to prepare and serve, it makes a great meal for the middle of the week when life and schedules get too busy to prepare a more involved meal.

Mutton Keema will not let you down in taste, nutrition or quick prep time. It will also easily become a family favourite that you will want to serve time and again.