Keema Rice

by Jo Kenny

keema rice

Calling all rice lovers! Attention carb lovers! Listen up lamb lovers! You need some Keema rice in your life. This can be a wonderfully easy dish for mid week meals, because it doesn’t need too many pots and pans which helps with removing any hassle when it comes to washing up.

So what is Keema rice? Heard of it? Well, it is a popular Indian dish of basmati rice, lamb mince and aromatic spices. It also goes by the name Keema biryani.  And honestly, more people need to know about this dish because it is absolutely delicious. My version is a tasty and easy rice dish that is packed with flavour and fantastic for mid-week meals as well as bulk cooking.

Quick and Easy Keema Rice

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My Indian-style Keema rice recipe is made up of fluffy basmati rice, rich lamb mince, fresh vegetables and all infused with garlic and aromatic spices. Colourful and hearty, this is an easy crowd pleaser for sure!

My version is a mild recipe so that it can be enjoyed by everyone. But if you like it hot don’t worry: we’ll talk about how you can add spiciness to your own Keema rice.

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Ingredients

  • Serves 4-6
  • 2 large onions, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1.5 tsp cumin seed
  • 1.5 tsp fenugreek leaves
  • 1.5 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 mug of peas
  • Large handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • Small handful of coriander, chopped
  • 500g cooked basmati rice
  • Pomegranate seeds to garnish

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Method

In a large pan heat some oil and add the sliced onions. Cook until they soften and then add the garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Cook for 10 minutes until the onions are very soft and reduced.

Add the lamb mince and season generously. Use your wooden spoon to break the meat up and cook this for about 5 minutes until the moisture is gone. Now add in the curry powder, cumin seed, fenugreek and turmeric. Stir well to combine and continue to cook until the lamb mince is nice and dry.

Now add the fresh ginger, peas and tomatoes. Once the peas and tomatoes have softened add the rice and stir thoroughly.

Serve in a large bowl (or why not the pan you cooked in?) and finish with a sprinkle of chopped coriander and pomegranate seeds.

Recipe Overview

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4.80 from 5 votes

Keema Rice

A delicious Indian inspired meal, perfect for bulk cooking
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: keema, keema rice, lamb, rice dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 550kcal
Cost: £2.00

Equipment

  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Chopping board
  • 1 Large pan
  • 1 Wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 2 Large white onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 500 g Lamb mince
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 1.5 tsp Cumin seed
  • 1.5 tsp Fenugreek leaves
  • 1.5 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 mug Peas
  • 1 Handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 500 g Cooked basmati rice
  • 1 Small handful of coriander, chopped
  • 1 Pomegranate seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large pan heat some oil and add the sliced onions. Cook until soft then add the garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Cook for 10 minutes until the onions are very soft and reduced.
  • Add the lamb mince and season generously. Break up the meat with your wooden spoon and cook for about 5 minutes until the moisture is gone. Now add in the curry powder, cumin seed, fenugreek and turmeric. Stir well to combine and continue to cook until the lamb mince is nice and dry. 
  • Add the ginger, peas and tomatoes. Once the peas and tomatoes have softened add the rice and stir thoroughly.
  • Serve in a large bowl and garnish with the coriander and pomegranate seeds. 

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FAQs

What can I eat Keema rice with?

Keema rice is a wonderful self-contained dish, meaning it is absolutely delicious all on its own. But if you wanted to pair it up then here are some ideas:

  • Enjoy with a side of spiced vegetables, like roasted aubergine with cumin.
  • Pair with sweet greens like spinach or broccoli.
  • For some Summer crunch, add a fresh garden salad of rocket, onion and tomatoes.
  • Wrap your rice up in a flatbread with cucumber yoghurt.

Can you reheat Keema Rice?

Yes for sure. I think Keema rice is an ideal bulk booking recipe so if you want a couple of dinners out of it, just portion out what you fancy eating that day and heat it up. I recommend reheating in a frying pan with a little oil, it’ll bring out the flavours and texture of the lamb… microwaves tend to make things go soggy.

Naturally you may be concerned with reheating meat, but what is the danger of reheating rice? Did you know that rice can be a culprit to food poisoning if not reheated sufficiently! So please do make sure that your food is piping hot before enjoying leftovers.

Can you freeze it?

You can definitely freeze your Keema rice as well. Portion it out into containers and eat within six months. When you’re planning to eat it, let it thaw at room temperature or overnight in the fridge. Then fry it up as I mentioned above.

Tip: getting a takeaway? Never chuck the plastic containers – it’s free Tupperware! And less waste 🙂 

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What is the best type of rice to use in this recipe?

Basmati is the best (I like this one). This is my favourite rice and it lends itself perfectly to Keema rice recipes as it can go lovely and fluffy. Keema rice works fantastically well for using up leftover rice. In fact, day old rice makes the best texture as there is less moisture. We’re looking for dryer, loose rice in this dish rather than sticky rice.

If you don’t have any leftover rice, packets of pre cooked rice are also ideal for this dish.

Should you wash your rice?

If I had a pound for every debate that I have read online about this! The jury’s out, and depending on your culture you may sit in the camp of always washing your rice, or never doing so. Washing rice can help to remove starch: you will notice the water turning milky as you wash it. Removing starch from the rice helps to promote more separated grains.

So, in the case of Keema rice it can definitely benefit your dish to wash your rice before cooking.

How spicy is Keema rice?

Traditionally, quite spicy. But like all ingredients spice can and should be tailored to your personal liking.

So whether you love your food hot or mild, this Keema rice recipe is totally buildable and you can add heat to suit your personal taste. To make your Keema rice nice and spicy add 1 tsp chilli powder, and along with the peas and tomatoes, stir in thinly sliced green chillis. This will also add a wonderful pop of colour!

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5 comments

Naomi September 9, 2022 - 9:57 am

5 stars
A really simple yet delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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Karen September 11, 2022 - 9:30 am

5 stars
My local shop didn’t have lamb mince so I used beef instead. It came out great!

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Sue Davis September 23, 2022 - 10:15 am

5 stars
Like another commenter I also used beef. It worked perfectly, and was a lower fat option than the lamb.

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Tony October 3, 2022 - 3:37 pm

5 stars
This is a delicious recipe, thank you. My teenage children loved it.

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Jonathan October 19, 2022 - 8:30 am

4 stars
This was really easy to make, thanks for the recipe.

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