Achaar Ka Kheema (Ground Beef in a Spicy Tomato Sauce)

Growing up I was a very picky eater.  I feel bad how much I bothered my mom.  I rarely ever took second helpings...but when my mom made Achaar Ka Kheema I always helped myself to some more.  I loved this dish growing up.  It is very easy to smells amazing but the downside is that your home will smell like this dish for a couple of days afterwards. This dish tastes best with some hot roti or naan.  You have to make your own Achaar Masala which is very simple to do. I usually make a bunch and keep it in a jar so I have it on hand whenever I want to make this dish.  I also always keep a tin of canned tomatoes just so I can make this dish.  My version is basically the same as my mom's but I use a lot less oil.

Achaar Ka Kheema (Ground Beef in a Spicy Tomato Sauce)
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1 pound ground veal or beef
1 tin diced tomatoes (28 oz) or 6 tomatoes, chopped (I prefer to use fresh tomatoes over canned)
1 tbsp adrak laysan (ginger garlic paste)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder/cayenne pepper
1 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp zeera dhania powder (cumin coriander powder)
3 tsp achaar masala (recipe follows)
4 whole green chillies
3 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
12 leaves of karia path (curry leaves)

2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/8 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp kalongi (nigella seeds)
2 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
6 dried whole red chillies

Heat a medium sized pot on medium-high heat.  Add the tomatoes, spices, cilantro and karia path.  Cook until the water is gone.  This splatters a lot.  You can partially cover with the lid or use a splatter screen (I used the splatter screen).  Add the ground meat and cook on medium heat until all the water is gone.

In a small skillet, heat the oil over high heat.  Add the baghar ingredients in the order listed above.  Once the mustard seeds are popping, the garlic is slightly brown and the chillies have puffed up, add to the ground meat.

Mix and taste to check the seasonings.  Adjust salt and red chilli if needed.

Achaar ka Masala
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp kalongi (nigella seeds)
1 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)

In a small skillet, dry roast the above spices until fragrant and slightly browned.  Grind in a spice grinder and store in an air tight glass jar.


  1. hi asriya...thanks a lot for trying out the lassi..this mincemeat idea sounds bookmarking it :)

  2. I'm heading tomorrow to Wal-Mart to pick up some organic strawberries so I can make it again! Please let me know if you try the Achaar Ka Kheema out...

  3. Oh yum! I love this kheema recipe! It sounds so delicious! And thanks for the recipe of the achaar masala too!

  4. Thanks Manu. I hope you give it a try. It's one of my favorites but my house smells like it for 2-3 days afterwards :)

  5. This is a new dish to me and one I can't wait to try. My mouth is watering just thinking about it:) Thanks for participating in the YBR & Have a great weekend!

  6. Thanks for hosting such a great event Nancy!


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