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Keema Matar Pulao (Ground Meat & Peas Pilaf)

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4-5 green cardamom pods
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 lb ground veal
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas thawed
  • 2 cups Basmati rice washed and drained thoroughly
  • 3 and 1/2 cups water
  • a handful of fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped for garnish


  • Heat oil in a wide non-stick pan and add in cumin seeds, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Once they start to sizzle, add in onions and fry till lightly browned.
  • Add in the spices, salt and tomato paste, and fry for a few seconds to mix well.
  • Mix in the ground meat and cook for 5-6 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally so that the meat blends well with the spices.
  • Slowly add in the peas, rice and water, give it a quick stir, and cook covered on medium-low heat till all the water evaporates.
  • Once the rice has cooked, gently fluff it out with a fork and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves. Serve warm.