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. Bridget Avatar

    5 stars
    I was introduced by my cousin to this recipe back in 2015 and I still make it today! My husband loves it! Thank you for such an easy one pot simple ingredient recipe that has nourished my body for almost a decade.

  2. Nathan Avatar

    5 stars
    So easy and delicious! Maybe I didn’t dice my sweet potatoes small enough, but they needed more like 30-40 minutes.

  3. Jenny Weddle Avatar
    Jenny Weddle

    5 stars
    This recipe is AMAZING! Cooked it up last night, and it was a hit in our house. My husband was excited just seeing it cooking, and within one or two bites, he was completely hooked. The spices may seem like a lot at first, but really blend together with the other ingredients for wonderful flavor. We’ll be adding this to our dinner rotation- fast, simple and inexpensive.

  4. Delisa Avatar

    On line 6, where it says:
    Once meat is cooked, drain and add the diced tomatoes… does this mean to drain the meat or drain the tomatoes?

  5. Jann Avatar

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe! The whole family loves it! I’d like to try it in our Instapot – can anyone recommend this if so what would be the best setting and cooking time please?

  6. Sharon Avatar

    5 stars
    Hi Katie! I received my copy of your cookbook yesterday and opened it up to this recipe. I looked over the ingredients and not only are they all on my Paleo diet, but I had pretty much everything on hand. Only had to substitute breakfast sausage for the ground beef (grass fed of course) and some fresh tomatoes for the canned. Those were extra. I also threw in a can of organic tomatoes with bits of some kind of green pepper because that’s what was in the cupboard, otherwise, it’s all your recipe.

    My husband only rarely eats what I cook because he prefers to eat highly processed foods. Yuk! I told him I thought my dinner tonight might be something he would enjoy so he agreed to try it. I knew it was a winner when I smelled it cooking. He told me to go light on the curry powder when he saw that on the counter, but I didn’t! I trusted your judgment on that.

    I have to tell you that he has never been so excited about anything I have ever prepared in our 17 year marriage as he was about this dish, and I’m a pretty good cook! I didn’t use to know what healthy was, but it usually tasted great. That is quite a feather in your cap young lady! I thought you might like to know that! He must has exclaimed 5 or 6 times how good it was! Pretty sure he will help me eat the leftovers. Doggone it!

    Love the cookbook! Can’t wait to try the next recipe tomorrow! Much love to you and your lovely family! God bless you all!

  7. Michelle Avatar

    My kids love this as do I, better yet is it’s healthy!

  8. Nicki Avatar

    5 stars
    Have you or anyone else on here ever tried asparagus in this recipe??
    I’ve been making this for a few years now, and it’s one of my absolute favorites. I don’t want to mess it up, but thought it might actually be really good.

      1. Jennifer Avatar

        5 stars
        Love this! I use only 2 sweet potatoes and don’t drain the diced tomatoes as I end up needing the liquid, but the spice blend is perfection!

  9. Ashley Avatar

    5 stars
    One of our family’s favorites! I realized making it tonight that I’ve accidentally omitted the tomatoes every other time I’ve made it; turns out we prefer it without them. I didn’t have green beans but peas made a fine substitute! Packed with flavor and easy to prepare.

  10. Julia Avatar

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! It was a hit with the whole family, even my husband who can’t stand sweet potatoes! YUM!

  11. Bee Avatar

    Based on aall the comments, I’m going to try this for sure!!!! I will use fresh garlic and substitute the green beans for a few other preferred veggies!!!!! My daughter loves sweet potatoes so I may do 2 versions!!!! Thank you ever so kindly!!!!!

  12. Ali fee Avatar
    Ali fee

    5 stars
    Wow, great recipe! Just made this for dinner and my husband went back for seconds. Definitley a keeper. Thank you for creating and sharing this very yummy recipe!

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