Pakistani Kima

Pakistani Kima Recipe One Pan 30 Minutes or less Pakistani Kima

Weird name, but one of my favorite fast dinner recipes. 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. This is another great recipe that is more traditional if you prefer it that way.

healthy paleo pakistani kima with sweet potatoes 300x179 Pakistani KimaPakistani 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!
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Pakistani
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 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)
Instructions
  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
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  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:)

  12. Sarah says

    Can you suggest a substitute for the green beans? We have some people in our family who do not like green beans.

  13. Ann says

    I absolutely ADORE this recipe! Never tried Pakistani food before this, but WOW! I’m sure that true Pakistani food is much spicier, but this was just perfect for me, considering I have no tolerance for spice (when eating out I would always ask if they could do zero stars :P) Thank you Katie, for such a wonderful recipe, I think it’s my new favorite dish! Who knew that eating healthy could be SO delicious!

  14. Samina Gardner says

    I am of Pakistani origin and “Keema” was one of the dishes that I was brought up on. It may seem to be a weird name to yourself but infact “Keema” in Punjabi just means “minced meat”.

    The traditional way of cooking it is with minced meat, potatoes and green peas. You can use a good healthy oil such as unrefined coconut oil instead of ghee (purified butter). Using a good spice mix that includes ground coriander, paprika, cumin, turmeric according to taste – be that 1/2 tsp or more! Also I prefer fresh garlic as opposed to the powder. The powder is quite concentrated taste which is great because a little goes a long way but there can be a bitter taste to it. Green chillies (use according to taste). Fresh coriander for seasoning.

    • Lavinia says

      I love your website so much but like Samina says, the name of the dish has a meaning. You shouldn’t call something weird just because it’s unfamiliar or new, in this case, it is a word in another language from another culture. Not weird!

  15. Amy says

    I have a freezer full of venison and a produce stand across the street selling local green beans. Guess what I’ll be making tonight!!!

  16. Malori Mayor says

    My go-to recipe when I need something quick and easy is chicken stir-fry, especially if I’ve precooked the chicken! :)

  17. Nicole says

    I made this a few nights ago using organic chicken mince (what I had) with sweet potatoes, zucchini and peas – both added toward the end of cooking. I also found that the sweet potato took longer to cook. The meal itself was enjoyed by all – it was great to find a curry style dish that didn’t end up ‘too spicy’ for the kids. My husband commented when eating leftovers the next day ‘actually, this tastes REALLY good’. I will try it with beef next time. Many thanks.

  18. Anne says

    This is the second time I have made this and due to a tomato allergy of all things I substituted the tomatoes for carrot juice (had it leftover form making a raw carrot cake).
    Delicious!!!!
    Thank you Wellness Mama!

  19. Stephanie says

    I made this the other night and took the leftovers for lunch the next day. It was AWESOME. I am surprised but my husband even liked it. Definitely keeping this recipe, so quick and easy too. Thanks for posting.

  20. Veronica says

    I veganized this recipe using sprouted lentils instead of the beef, olive oil instead of butter, zucchini instead of the tomatoes (because we had no tomatoes in the house), and a Pakistani curry powder instead of the extra spices. Phenomenal! Will be making again.

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