Matar Kheema – Chicken Mince and Peas

An easy classic made with mince (kheema) and frozen peas (matar)…

Life takes very curvaceous turns. Sometimes you are on a high, and when you feel you have reached the peak, it can drag you down in the most awkward way. When life moves the way it wants (or the way God has destined it to move!), we realize how vulnerable we are, to the uncertainties of life. We do not know what is in store for us, coming up in the very next moment. All I do every time  is to pray to the Almighty that He does not grant such surprises that I may not be able to take mentally, in fact, for everybody. Some people are strong, some may look strong but at the back of things, they are brittle. Yesterday was such a day for me   – I was excited in the morning but then in the evening it took a different turn. Alhamdulillah, things came back into place but then it made me recognize the fact that we have no control over what we are to do. There is a much higher force to control our daily activities.

 

I guess that’s too much philosophy for a food blog, but then I guess you can understand that I am not 100% out of what happened yesterday. 🙂 Thank God for my work and this blog, I am feeling relaxed. We have to trust Him for His better plans, right?

 

Today’s recipe is a very simple curry, but loaded with flavors. I have to say that kheema aka mince is always one of the easiest protien to cook. Since it it chicken or meat broken down, it takes half the time of actually cooking the whole meat. Along with the kheema, add some frozen peas to make it just that apt curry to prepare on a lazy day and when served with chappathi, just tastes awesome.  My recipe is quite simple, yet full of flavor. I usually use chicken mince, since that is what is more accepted by my folks, but I always prefer it made with beef mince, or better with mutton mince. Did you know that you can use this curry as fillers for your samosas or puffs? That is how versatile it is!!!

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Matar Kheema - Chicken Mince and Peas

Course Chicken
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 400 gm chicken mince
  • 2 meduim onion sliced thinly
  • 3 green chillies increase as per spiciness
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 meduim tomato sliced
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • Salt as required
  • Oil as required
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves
  • A dash of black pepper powder

Instructions

  • Heat your saucepan and pour oil. Once hot, add the sliced onion, chillies and sufficient salt and saute till transparent.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  • Add the mince and stir continuously till fried, breaking the lumps, if any.
  • Add in all the spices and fry for a minute.
  • Add the tomato paste and the tomato and cook till the tomatoes are mashed and the mince looks well cooked.
  • Add little water if the mixture gets too dry and sticks to the pan.
  • Add the peas and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Finally, add the coriander leaves and black pepper powder and give it a nice stir.
  • Serve with chappathi or parathas.

Notes

For little gravy, you can try adding a couple of tablespoons of yogurt. It will give a tangy taste as well as some wetness to the Matar Kheema!

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  1. This looks good, would like have some with chapatti…Damn hungry now

    1. thank u rashida… 🙂

  2. wow nice to be here…u indeed have a lovely site…matar kheema is superb

    1. thank u so much biny… 🙂

  3. Wow! This looks so good Rafeeda! I will have to make this the next time we buy chicken. I'm always game for a different recipe everytime I cook chicken 🙂

    1. even me too priya… i repeat a curry only if i really crave for it again, even if it turns out to be good… 🙂

  4. Loved the recipe and wished I could have it right now with some Chapathi.

    1. thank u dear… 🙂

  5. Matar kheema looks delicious…….Good one

    1. thank u so much manju… 🙂

  6. Hi Rafeeda, this dish look very delicious, great to go with pita bread.

    Have a nice week ahead.

    1. thank u so much amelia… 🙂

  7. yum…congrats on your liebster award…glad to follow you

    1. thank u so much divya…

  8. I agree with you Rafeeda, that sometimes life is s topsy turvy! Guess what your curry is a fav of my daughter, she loves keema ok maybe not so much peas but I am working on that;-)..Yours look delicious!

    1. thank u so much jehanne… even my daughter eats the kheema and sidelines the peas!!! 🙂

  9. Matar keema a fab dish of mine… you made perfectly Dear…

    1. thank u nabanita… 🙂

  10. Nice dish. I have heard from some keralite friends it is eaten with malabari paratha for breakfast.

    .tc
    Humi

    1. hmm… i doubt!!! not in our place atleast… 🙂

  11. wow, this looks mouth watering. Come and participate in the event- Cook mela/carnival food.

    1. thank u shweta… i'm trying to think up something for the event, will definitely try… 🙂

  12. slurp, drooling here rite now, very tempting dish.

    1. thank u divya… 🙂

  13. Wow! Delicious and my favourite too.

    1. thank u asiya… 🙂

  14. Wow, Rafeeda, you've changed up the look of your page even after the last time I dropped by- love it even more! And thanks for the new kheema recipe- I've never tried it with chicken.

    1. glad to know that u liked the new outline, tisa… i'm kinda satisfied with this for the time being!!! 🙂 we always make with chicken, somehow beef mince does not go so well with anybody in my house…

  15. u r right Rafeeda.. even i ws going thru a tough time.. we never know the uncertainties f life .. hw i wish i cud see my grandma fr jst a sec before she left us!! .. the show mst go on and thats the rule of life.. hope that u r okay nw!! my wishes with u

    1. Alhamdulillah, Hasna, things are back to normal now, but still that little shock stays for sometime right? i really feel for you, the only thing we can do is continuously pray for their eternal life…

  16. This looks so good Rafeeda…like to have now…

    1. thank u saranya… 🙂

    1. thank u so much julie… 🙂

  17. We have no control over our lives and as soon as we begin to understand that and leave it to Allah swt, the more at peace we become. It took me awhile to understand that but the last few years, it's been more peaceful for me knowing that what Allah has planned for me is whats going to happen. InshaAllah, all will work out for you and may you have some sabr through this trying time. It's a test and we must persevere.

    On a different note, your mattar kheema looks delicious. I don't like mince much but when I do eat it, it's usually this.

    Nazneen

    1. Jazakallah Nazneen for those lovely words of yours… whenever I start thinking negative, Alhamdulillah something intersects and makes me look at the positives. We should be thankful that our position is not as difficult compared to so many others in this world… InShaAllah, things will turn out well… Innallaha ma'a saabireen, right? 🙂

  18. assalamualaikum Rafeeda, i'm totally amazed!
    i have been out of this world for so long that i even failed to notice ur great blog!
    you have become a real pro, girl! i envy you 😉
    keep it up! i'll visit u frequently, insha Allah..
    btw, great recipes.. must try some of it, when time permits..

    1. Waalaikumussalam wa rahma… Thank u so much 4 coming by, nothing much of pro, loads 2 improve especially the photography… 🙂 TC of urself… 🙂

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