Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Keema Pulav

Looks like it had to be Keema tonight, especially after the way Finely Chopped went raving about his two course meal – one of them, the mouthwatering bowl of Hyderabadi Kheema!

That’s when on the other side of the earth, a very upbeat Bengali decided she will mince no words and just post a recipe of this award-winning Keema Pulav. Try it and you will know I wasn’t bragging!
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Ingredients for Keema Pulav are:

One and half cups Basmati rice, washed and drained, keep in a sieve for 30 minutes
300 grams mince meat (beef or goat meat)
Quarter cup crispy fried onions
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 tablespoon garlic paste
4-5 green chilies, finely chopped
Handful of finely chopped coriander leaves
Few mint leaves, torn
Few drops of lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 black cardamoms
2 green cardamoms
2-3 cloves
Few peppercorns
Pinch of grated nutmeg
2 bay leaves
1 small stick of cinnamon
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder
Ghee
Salt

Heat ghee in a large pan and add the whole spices, let them splutter for a few seconds and add the chopped green chilies and cumin.
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Add the mince meat and sauté for a few minutes, getting a little caramelization on the meat. Add the ginger-garlic paste and red chili powder and mix well. (Photos of this step are missing, the camera ran out of juice and needed recharging!)

Add the rice and fold between the mince meat mixture. Season with salt, garam masala powder and a pinch of nutmeg.

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Pour the rice-keema (mince meat) mixture in a microwaveable bowl, add three cups of water, few drops of lemon juice, cover with a cling wrap and cook for 18-20 minutes.

Once the cook time is over, let the Keema Pulav stand for a few minutes before you serve it with a cooling Raita.

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P.S. Vegetarians can use minced soy nuggets instead of mince meat/keema.

12 comments:

GB said...

Looks yummo! I like that raita too!--is it potato?

PS: I'd sent you an email. :)

spiceandmore said...

yum! That looks delicious.

Pinku said...

looks real good...i think this is going to be my weekend treat to myself...

do u think using chicken mince is fine?? my mom is not into red meat at all.

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

that looks fab!

Sayantani said...

byapok hoeche Pree. ki kore bhatgulo amon gota thake boloto? ami banale ektu bhenge jay. raita tao darun...

Gouri Guha said...

Pree, this pulav looks great...can be a weekend delight.
keema anle ebar ranna korbo.daroon appetising hoyeche dekhte.

PreeOccupied said...

GB, thanks much. Its a cucumber-onion raita.

@Pinku, of course you can do this with chicken mince.

@Spiceandmore and Sharon, thanks, am glad you liked it.

@Sayantani, Try the method from here and see if it works for you. I always make my pulav in the microwave and the grains do remain intact. Add a few drops of lemon juice.

@Didibhai, haan kore dekho...am sure you will like it.

Priya said...

Slurpp!!such a tempting pulav, makes me hungry..

Payal Bhattacharya said...

Nice twist to the polaw...got to try this :)

GB said...

Pree...I'll be making this for dinner tonite! thanks for the inspiration!

Torviewtoronto said...

this is delicious
thank you for visiting and commenting I am glad you did this is a lovely space I love bengali food

Regina said...

Pree I cooked this dish for dinner tonight and it was awesome!..You're the best xx