Daily Archives: March 25, 2012

Aalu Keema

Aalu Keema is another very special dish of Pakistani home cooking. People love this combination of spicy mincemeat with lovely tender potatoes. Sometimes I think that Pakistani cooking is a bit like Italian cooking, we use mincemeat quite often with a combination of vegetables and chopped tomatoes for the tangy taste. You can add boiled noodles/ spaghetti/ rice to this dish to make Aalu Keema noodles/ spaghetti/ rice, it is also very common in Pakistani  home cooking. This is known to be the best technique in Pakistan to utilize the left overs. Do try this wonderful dish and I am sure you are going to love it …..

ayesha's kitchen


  • ½ kg to 750 gms mincemeat chicken/ mutton/ beef/ lamb
  • 2 potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 2 medium sized onions (sliced)
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped)
  • Green chillies (as you like)
  • Some chopped coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder to taste
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 big cardamoms
  • 2 cloves
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 1 tspn ginger (crushed)
  • 1 tspn minced garlic
  • A pinch of fenugreek leaves


-In a deep pan, add water, mincemeat, onion, ginger garlic paste, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves and boil for around 20 minutes on low heat or until the water gets dry.

-Add oil and all the ingredients (except coriander and green chillies) and mix well. When the tomatoes tend to get soft cover the pan and cook on low heat with occasional stirring. Let the tomatoes cook in the moisture of tomatoes. Do not add additional water.

-When the potatoes are tender and it gives a nice cooked look, dish it out and serve hot with hot chapattis and salad.