Pakistani Kima

healthy paleo pakistani kima with sweet potatoes Pakistani Kima

Weird name, great recipe. This is a recipe that a friend suggested, and I adapted slightly to fit our family’s preferences. It is typically made with white potatoes, though sweet potatoes gives is a great complex flavor.

Pakistani Kima is a one-pan delicious pan stir-fry that also reheats very well and makes a great omelett when mixed with eggs. It’s also one that kids (depending on age) can help make, which always makes them more likely to eat it. It has complex and delicious flavors and makes the house smell amazing! Many thanks to reader Sara for sending in the photo icon smile Pakistani Kima

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An easy one-pan skillet meal with delicious flavor and aroma. Kids love this!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Pakistani
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 pound ground beef (or venison, buffalo, etc) (I get from US Wellness meats)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can or jar of diced tomatoes (organic, no BPA), drained or 2 medium fresh tomatoes
  • ¼ cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder or more to taste
  • 3-4 medium sweet potatos, peeled and diced into small pieces
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen green beans
  • 1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and garlic powder (or more to taste)
  1. Melt butter in a large skillet and add diced onion. Cook three minutes or until starting to become translucent.
  2. Add ground meat and cook until well browned. While cooking, add curry powder, salt, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and garlic salt.
  3. Once meat is browned, add the diced tomatoes (drain off liquid first!), peeled and diced sweet potatoes, green beans and any additional spices if needed.
  4. Cover pan and simmer 20+ minutes or until sweet potatoes have softened. Check after ten minutes and add a couple tablespoons of water or chicken broth if needed.
  5. Serve warm and enjoy!

 What’s your best healthy “fast food?” Please share below!

Reader Comments

  1. basyfeltn says

    you do realize that the Garlic powder listed in the ingredient list and the garlic salt called for in the directions are different things?  which do YOU use?

  2. IsaacsoNnomads says

    I made this tonight for my family and it was a huge hit! Delicious! I jumped into the wellness challenge and have been thankful for the recipes you’ve posted to help on the journey. Thanks!

  3. Manna says

    This is an awesome quick dinner! I don’t keep curry powder on hand, so I just added a little extra fenugreek, cardamom, coriander, et al. It was amazing with ground bison, but next time I’m going to add cauliflower too, as many of the other Pakistani Kima recipes I’ve found call for it.

  4. Meghan says

    Wow! I made this tonight and it was awesome. My kids loved it, which makes it even better. Thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful meals. You have made dinner at my house so much easier!

  5. Rebekah says

    This is delicious! I cant even imagine it without the sweet potatoes. They go so well with the cinnamon! It almost reminds me of thanksgiving. This will definitely be a regular dish in our household!

  6. says

    While this is very different from traditional Pakistani Kima (which literally means “ground meat”), it looks amazing and I cannot wait to try this! Being Pakistani, I grew up with tons of deliciously flavorful and spicy food but realized when I was more grown up how fattening a lot of it is!! I’m so glad I found a healthier alternative to one of my favorite dishes! Thanks!

    • says

      My rule is that everyone eats the same thing. No one is forced to eat if he/she is truly not hungry, but I don’t allow complaints or negative comments either. I absolutely will not make special food for anyone short of homemade soup during an illness.

  7. Breanne Garman says

    I want to make this but I need to know if I am supposed to drain off the ground beef after it has browned?

  8. says

    is there anything you can substitute the butter with?.. im sick and have asthma and i cannot have anything thats made from milk due to the fact that it causes bad congestion, and id really like to make this

  9. Kristin says

    My healthy, vegan and gluten free, go to fast food is: hummus, mock tabbouleh (I use rice instead of bulgar wheat), and corn chips. I will also add variety with chopped up cucumber, onion, and avocado. Such a quick dinner and my entire family LOVES it. The rice mixture is what takes the time, but not much at all. And for anyone who does meat and dairy you can always have that option on the side as well. ENJOY!

  10. Evelyn Lukey says

    Just curious, but how can you tell if a can has BPA in it or not? is there any way to tell (or do you look at the label?)

  11. Stephanie Sutton says

    I tried this last night and everyone loved it! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Thanks for sharing:)

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