Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Kheema with Vegetables

This post is dedicated to all of you carnivores out there. Have you ever found yourself with a die hard meat craving?? I mean, you feel like you need meat NOW and nothing but mutton will do...? I get into these fixes every so often and start acting like a crazy woman until I've actually eaten the mutton.

So, one day, I found myself in the aforementioned state but didn't really feel like making 10 different things. I thought about Amma making kheema sometimes and remembered having ground mutton on hand. Then, I thought adding a bunch of vegetables would make it into a complete dish to eat with leftover chappathis.

This dish turned out to be a winner in more ways than one. First of all, it was meaty enough to handle my meat craving. Plus, it was loaded with vegetables, making it a complete dish paired with rotis or rice. I used whatever veggies I had on hand that day, but you can use anything from beans, cabbage, mushrooms, eggplants, bell peppers, cauliflower (maybe), carrots, etc. Also, you can change the masala to suit your tastes, too. Go crazy!!


Ground mutton - 1 1/2 lb
Baby eggplants - 3-4, chopped
Green bell peppers - 2 large, chopped
Frozen peas, defrosted - 1/2 cup
Potatoes - 2 small, chopped
Tomatoes - 3 medium, chopped
Onions - 2 medium, chopped
Garlic - 5 pods, chopped or crushed
Ginger - 2 inch piece, chopped or crushed
Green chillies - 8-10, chopped
Fennel (sombu) powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Chilly powder - 3 tsp, or to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Yogurt 2 tbsp
Pepper powder - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Lime juice - 1 tbsp


1. Heat oil in a pan. Add the ground meat and brown.

2. Now, add the onions and green chillies. Saute until the onions have softened.

3. At this point, ginger and garlic are added and fried until the raw smell disappears. Then, add yogurt, fennel powder, coriander powder, chilly powder, and turmeric powder.

4. Fry until the mixture thickens and the masala smells roasted. Now, add the vegetables (eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, peas, bell peppers) and salt. Cover and cook until the veggies are done.

5. Finally, open and check for seasoning. Add the pepper powder and lime juice and serve this spicy, rich kheema hot with rice, pulav rice, or rotis. Enjoy!!


Dhivya said...

wow!love mutton!looks so tempting!

Cham said...

Kalai u r going crazy Dear! No, i mean 4 mutton... I really want to have right away ur dish. Wonderful Kallakal Kalai!

Sagari said...

thats a nice recipe kalai ,I will try this recipe with chicken keema

DK said...

naan pure vegetarian pa...! but kandippa sollanum ur pic luk pramadham :)

Sandhya Devas said...

Hi kalai, First time around here..nice blog.Dont find too many tamilians posting non veg dish..made me very happy to see yours. I have been a silent blogger ...so would love to have you see my blog when you find time.

Divya Vikram said...

Vegetable kheema..sounds good..Guess tasted great

Shankari said...

I dont eat mutton too often, your dish looks mouthwatering

indosungod said...

Kalai, yes those cravings have to fed right away :) Looks utterly delicious. I have never tried adding veggies to mutton. Will try this out.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Mutton is my fav... I am glad that u can get mutton in ur place..... I can get only lamb in my pl.... Ur dish looks YUM!.... Mouthwatering recipe...

sra said...

Kalai, I seem to have missed many of your posts - I was away for a week, but still ... I've never come across Kheema with veggies, just peas or cabbage! Interesting!

Mansi Desai said...

I'm a die-hard vegetarian girl!! but I loved reading the post...hehehe:) that keema looks good!

Siri said...

Kalai- I am not a *carnivore*.. so, I can't comment on the dish.. looks like 'Aloo Gobhi ki Subzi' to me.. hehehe.. Thank you so much dear for dropping by my blog and writing such nice comments..:D

take care and Hope to see you again.. I will be here for sure.. for a *herbivore* goodies.. :))


Kalai said...

Thanks, Dhivya!

Cham, I've gone crazy a long time ago!! :)

Kalai said...

Sagari, thanks! :)

Dhivi, thanks for the huge compliment! :)

Sandhya, welcome to my blog, dear! Will definitely drop by your blog. :)

Divya, tasted awesome!! :)

Shankari, I do hope you try this with mutton or chicken sometime. :)

Kalai said...

Indo, thank you for the validation! :)

Sukanya, me too! You can definitely try it with lamb. It will still be good. :)

Sra, no problem, dear. Me and my twisted mind again... Hee hee. :)

Mansi, thanks, girl! Will be posting veggie next. :)

Siri, my pleasure, dear. Will definitely be back. Stay tuned for veggie posts! :)

Archy said...

I'm vegetarian,.. But ur dish is very tempting ha !!

Cynthia said...

You had me at ground mutton!

Sandhya Devas said...

Hi Kalai...thanks for stopping by my blog..looking forward to seeing more non-veg recipes on your blog.

Homecooked said...

This looks so delicious! Totally drool worthy!

DK said...

Hey Kalai..Congrats on winning the award for VOW :)

kamala said...

Kalai this is awesome.soon to try

Kalai said...

What a compliment, Archana! :)

Cynthia, so sweet of you! :)

Sandhya, my pleasure, dear. :)

Homecooked, thank you!!

Dhivi, thanks for letting me know abt this. I am soooo flattered! :)

Kamala, looking forward to your feedback

Rina said...

This is unique too. Never tried keema with veggies. Will love ot try u'r version.

Vani said...

Oh, how delicious does the kheema look, Kalai! And congratulations on the VOW_Bittergourd best presented recipe award!