Pakistani Kima Recipe (One Pan Meal)

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Pakistani Kima Recipe - One Pan 30 Minutes or less
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It may have an unusual sounding name to native English speakers, but Pakistani kima has become one of my favorite dinner recipes. I tried this recipe at a friend’s suggestion and adapted it slightly to fit our family’s preferences. The result is a fast, easy, delicious recipe that makes for great leftovers. (If there is any left!)

Typically Pakistani kima is made with white potatoes, but substituting sweet potatoes works just as well and gives it a great complex flavor. If you prefer the more traditional recipe, this is a great version.

healthy paleo pakistani kima with sweet potatoesPakistani Kima is a one-pan delicious pan stir-fry that also reheats very well and makes a great omelette 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 🙂

Pakistani Kima Recipe - One Pan 30 Minutes or less

Pakistani Kima Recipe

An easy one-pan skillet meal with delicious flavor and aroma. Kids love this!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Calories 237kcal
Author Katie Wells


6 people



  • Dice the onion.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter or coconut oil and add diced onion. 
  • Cook three minutes or until starting to become translucent.
  • Add the ground beef, curry powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric and cook until the meat is browned. 
  • While the meat is cooking, peel and dice the sweet potatoes into small pieces and set aside.
  • Once meat is cooked, drain and add the diced tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and green beans.
  • Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes have softened. Check after ten minutes and add a couple tablespoons of water or chicken broth if needed.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Pakistani Kima Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 605mg26%
Potassium 696mg20%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 990IU20%
Vitamin C 17.6mg21%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


74 responses to “Pakistani Kima Recipe (One Pan Meal)”

  1. Sarah Avatar

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

  2. Stephanie Sutton Avatar
    Stephanie Sutton

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

  3. Evelyn Lukey Avatar
    Evelyn Lukey

    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?)

  4. Kristin Avatar

    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!

  5. Kelly Kindle Cheney Avatar
    Kelly Kindle Cheney

    Hmmm… I was hoping for some ideas for fast food. My go to I guess would be stir frys. Cooks quickly. Or fish because it thaws and cooks quickly.

  6. Connie Jo Coy Avatar
    Connie Jo Coy

    Yum, this was great. I loved the flavors! My husband won’t eat it so I won’t have it often but it will be one of those go to’s for having women over.

  7. Aubrey Jean Avatar
    Aubrey Jean

    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

    1. Najam Avatar

      You can use ghee (clarified butter) instead of butter; it has no dairy content.

  8. Breanne Garman Avatar
    Breanne Garman

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

  9. Cynde Fetherston Avatar
    Cynde Fetherston

    Wonderful, love it but the food wimps in my home wont even try it. Super, left overs all for me

    1. Cynde Fetherston Avatar
      Cynde Fetherston

      also, took a long time for the sweet potatoes to cook. I would add the beans when the potatoes are almost done

  10. Raquel Tenezaca Avatar
    Raquel Tenezaca

    What do you do when your child refuses to eat any of the meal? (She’s 8). Do you give her something else or would she eat nothing and then not get any snack before bed?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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.

      1. Raquel Tenezaca Avatar
        Raquel Tenezaca

        I would like to try that. If they don’t eat supper would you still give them a bedtime snack? Thx!

        1. Wellness Mama Avatar
          Wellness Mama

          Nope… but I will let them eat the food from dinner if they decide they are actually hungry.

          1. Kelly Kindle Cheney Avatar
            Kelly Kindle Cheney

            Same school here Mama. If you don’t eat what I make go hungry. I never made allowances for my son and he learned to like a wide variety of foods. It irritates me when my friend’s kids won’t eat anything but McNuggets, mac and cheese or pizza. Feed them a variety at a young age and they will learn to like it.

  11. Naveel Syed O'Neill Avatar
    Naveel Syed O’Neill

    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!

    1. Ardra Avatar

      This turned out really well!!!! I had my kids do majority (98%) of the work (thanks to your influence). My youngest , who’s is 2, even joined in with helping to peel the potatoes with a butter knife. Hahahaha. They really enjoyed cooking this and want to do it again!!!!!! This is my first recipe I have made from you! And I’ve been following you for years. Thank you for contributing to good tips on parenting!

  12. Rebekah Avatar

    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!

  13. Meghan Avatar

    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!

  14. Manna Avatar

    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.

  15. Shelia Dutcher Avatar
    Shelia Dutcher

    Made this tonight for the family…definite hit! It was delicious.

  16. Isaac Avatar

    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!

  17. Dena Avatar

    Made this a couple of days ago … it was delicious!! Thanks!

  18. basy Avatar

    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?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Garlic powder… forgot a comma between garlic and salt, I think… Thanks!

      1. kathleen Avatar

        5 stars
        Totally overlooked the garlic powder. Turned out great anyway. Will be making this one again.

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