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. Theresia Avatar

    Just made this with ground Elk. Wow, delicious!!! Thank you for a great recipe!!

  2. Kim Avatar

    This recipe is a keeper! I made it with butternut squash instead of sweet potato and replaced the green beans with a bag of frozen green kale. I also used about 2 1/2 tbsp of curry. Really yummy!!

  3. Erin Avatar

    This turned out very dry. There is no moisture in the recipe at all. I used peas instead of green beans but otherwise followed the recipe. It needs to be saucy somehow. I dont get it.

    1. Stephanie Avatar

      I put in a jar of diced tomatoes and a cup of bone broth. This helps make a great juice.

  4. Burcu Avatar

    Does this turn out too sweet because of sweet potatoes? I can’t eat sweet dishes I just don’t like sweet food. Thanks

  5. dawn Avatar

    Hi Katie, goodness you are great! I can’t get enough of the recipes, blogs, etc. I just wanted to say thanks and there’s more of us that are grateful that you take the time from your family and life to share these things. I just can’t believe how presumptuous some of these commenters are!

  6. Amanda Avatar

    4 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe and have made it for my family many times. Thank you for that. I must say though I find it extremely rude to borrow a cultures traditions and call them “weird” in the same breath. I sure hope you rethink that first line.

  7. Jazmin Avatar

    5 stars
    I love this recipe …is there anyway you can make more Indian recepies ?? or hispanic …yum !

  8. Jazmin Avatar

    5 stars
    I wish I can post pictures ( of my plate ) … My Kima was a total hit !! My boyfriend loved it !! Thank you Katie my life is 100% healthier thanks to you ! Xoxo

  9. Kristina S Avatar
    Kristina S

    Made this tonight…amazing flavour and so easy to make!! Thanks for sharing; this is going on my regular dinner rotation!

  10. Marie Avatar

    This is an amazing dish! I have made it a few times last month and twice this month. Today is the first time I’m tweaking it a smidgen. Adding more grass fed ground beef, subbing half the green beans with cauliflower upping the spices a bit (because of the added beef). And I’m going to throw it in the crock pot so the hubby has something for when he comes home. I have used this before in the crock pot. I cook what I need to the night before then throw it on in the am turn on low. 6 hours later done and DELISH!

  11. Veronica Avatar

    5 stars
    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.

    1. elena v Avatar

      Veronica, thanks for the great idea.. sprouted lentils.. Will try that too. No meat for me!!

  12. Stephanie Avatar

    5 stars
    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.

  13. Anne Avatar

    5 stars
    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).
    Thank you Wellness Mama!

  14. Nicole Avatar

    5 stars
    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.

  15. Malori Mayor Avatar
    Malori Mayor

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

  16. Amy Avatar

    5 stars
    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!!!

  17. Kate Avatar

    5 stars
    I made this last night, and it was delicious. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  18. Samina Gardner Avatar
    Samina Gardner

    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.

    1. Lavinia Avatar

      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!

      1. Amy Avatar

        5 stars
        Ditto! It’s so important that we pause before labeling, even off-handedly. Kima IS weird, if you haven’t heard it, but that word “weird” has a lot of derogatory meanings (I’m sure that weren’t meant here). At the very least, since we know this dish is from Pakistan, I’m sure glad it was a pretty name! I love kima/keema, and am making this yummy version tonight!

  19. Ann Avatar

    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!

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