Everyone needs a great everyday lamb keema recipe in their life! The curry is rich and thick and has a beautiful depth of flavour. It’s perfect for a quick midweek meal, or even better if you slow cook it for a couple of hours! Serve it over pasta (keto pasta, for me), or cauliflower rice, or turn it into an epic Indian lasagna or cottage pie!
A broken handmade plate topped with keema curry and fresh herbs.

What is Lamb Keema Curry?

Lamb keema curry, or kheema, is a flavourful Indian dish made with ground lamb (or other meats), aromatic spices, onions, and tomatoes. The word “keema” refers to minced or ground meat, making this curry very easy and quick to make, and family-friendly.

Why You’ll Love A Keema Curry

This Keema lamb mince recipe is super easy, incredibly tasty, and a winner with the family. I also love that it is very quick, under 30 minutes, to make and can fit any budget. Eat as recommended below, or try one of our variations of different ways to serve it. One taste and you will be hooked and will see just how good it is served any way you choose!

The Ingredients

  • Ground Meat – Lamb is traditional, but minced meat e.g. beef, chicken, or turkey can be used.
  • Spices – Common spices include cumin, coriander, turmeric, chilli powder (cayenne), and garam masala. I also love to add a tablespoon or two of dried fenugreek leaves if you can get them.
  • The Holy Trinity – garlic, ginger paste, and onions adds loads of flavour to the dish. Plus, the addition of sliced green chillies keeps it traditional.
  • Sour Cream / Yogurt Mint Sauce – use your favourite seafood herbs. I love fresh parsley, coriander leaves or thinly sliced garlic chives.
Lamb Keema Curry ingredients laid out with labels so you know what they are.

Tips

  • Toast whole spices before grinding for enhanced flavour.
  • Use fresh ingredients for the best taste.
  • Adjust spice levels to suit your preference.

How To Make It

Step 1. Place the mint sauce ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning or spices to taste. Chill until needed.

Step 2. Heat ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, and chilli; sauté until the onion softens, about 1-2 minutes.

Step 3. Turn the heat up to medium-high. Add the garam masala, paprika, turmeric, coriander, cumin, and cayenne; stir to combine, and cook for 1 minute.

Step 4. Add the mince; cook stirring, occasionally until browned. Use a spatula to break up any clumps of mince.

Step 5. Add tomato paste and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat. Serve with yogurt sauce and garnish with fresh herbs.

Variations

Keema curry comes in various forms across different regions and cuisines. Some common variations include:

  • Mutton Keema: Made with minced mutton (goat meat) instead of lamb. I am a big fan of goat meat. It is soooo good!
  • Beef Keema: Similar to lamb keema but prepared with minced beef.
  • Chicken Keema: A lighter version made with ground chicken.
  • Keema Matar: Includes fresh or frozen peas (matar) as a key ingredient.

What to Serve With Keema Curry

My favourite way to this keto keema curry is to keep it low-carb. I love the mint chutney (mint yogurt/sour cream sauce), and I love it with some toast. I have been enjoying it regularly with the F.U.Bread from Fed Up Fast 4.0. As an alternative, if you don’t have the ebook use the Keto Bread Recipe or Low Carb Bread Recipe for a super-tasty alternative.

  • Stuffed Peppers: Fill bell peppers with keema curry and bake for a tasty twist on stuffed peppers. Serve with Basmati rice or cauliflower rice for a low carb keema recipe.
  • Keema Puffs: Use keema curry as a filling for puff pastry or fathead dough to create delicious savoury puffs.
  • Keema Paratha: Stuff keema curry into flaky parathas for a satisfying meal on the go. For a keto spin on this try my amazing keto tortillas.

FAQ’s

Can I freeze Keema Curry?

Yes, you can freeze it in an airtight container. Defrost the curry in the fridge overnight.

Is this a spicy curry?

For me, absolutely not. It does depend on the green chillies used and how much cayenne you use. Be generous or add less to satisfy your needs.

I don’t eat lamb, can I make it with beef mince?

Yes, of course! I have many keto ground beef recipes and this recipe is just as tasty with beef, chicken, or whatever ground meat you prefer.

Curried lamb mince in a handmade plate with fresh herbs.

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A cracked handmade plate with lamb keema curry on it topped with herbs.

Easy Lamb Keema Curry

Everyone needs a great everyday lamb keema recipe in their life! The curry is rich and thick and has a beautiful depth of flavour. It’s perfect for a quick midweek meal, or even better if you slow cook it for a couple of hours! Serve it over pasta (keto pasta, for me), or cauliflower rice, or turn it into an epic Indian lasagna or cottage pie!
5 from 36 votes!
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Course: Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 4 people
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Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) ghee or avocado oil
  • ½ (½) brown onion diced
  • 2 cloves (2 cloves) garlic finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) ginger finely grated
  • 1 (1) green chilli finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons (2 teaspoons) garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons (1 teaspoon) paprika or cayenne
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (1 teaspoon) turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons (1 teaspoon) ground cumin
  • ¼-½ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 500 g (1 lb) lamb mince (ground lamb)
  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) tomato paste tomato puree
  • 1 cup (1 cup) lamb broth or beef broth

SOUR CREAM MINT SAUCE

  • ¾ cup (¾ cup) sour cream or plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup (¼ cup) lightly packed mint leaves plus extra to serve
  • ¼ cup (¼ cup) lightly packed coriander leaves or flat-leaf parsley leaves, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon (¼ teaspoon) ground cumin
  • Salt flakes and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Place the mint sauce ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning or spices to taste. Chill until needed.
  • Heat ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, and chilli; sauté until onion softens, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Turn up to medium-high. Add the garam masala, paprika, turmeric, coriander, cumin, and cayenne; stir to combine, cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the mince; cook stirring occasionally until browned. Use a spatula to break up any clumps of mince.
  • Add tomato paste and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat. Serve with yogurt sauce and garnish with fresh herbs.

THERMOMIX METHOD

  • Add the mint sauce ingredients to mixer; chop 4 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat. Transfer to a small bowl and chill until needed.

Notes

Ingredients and Substitutions Ghee or Avocado Oil:
Substitute with any cooking oil of choice.
Brown Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Green Chilli: Adjust quantities to taste preference.
Garam Masala, Paprika or Cayenne, Turmeric, Ground Coriander, Ground Cumin, and Cayenne: These are key spices; adjust quantities based on desired spice level.
Lamb Mince: I use quality fresh ground lamb mince from the butchers in all my keto lamb mince recipes. Ground beef, goat, chicken or turkey can be substituted.
Storage
Leftover curry can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Mint sauce can be stored separately and refrigerated for up to 5 days.
Thermomix Tips
I have left out how to make this in the Thermomix. If you have cooked mince in the Thermomix, you will know it tends to make it a much finer ground meat. It isn’t my preferred way to serve. Here are the steps, in case you only have one option to cook.
Step 1. Add ghee to mixer; heat 2 min/120°C/stir. 3. Add onion, garlic, ginger, and chilli; chop 3 sec/speed 7.
Step 2. Add 2 tablespoons of the spice mix and mince; cook 2 min/120°C/reverse/stir.
Step 3. Use a spatula to break up any clumps. Add tomato paste and broth; cook 7 min/120°C/reverse/stir. Serve with yogurt sauce and garnish with fresh herbs.
To make slow cooked keema curry simply transfer it to a slow cooker after step 4 and add the broth and tomato paste. Slow cook for 4 hours. If it is still really saucy at the end of that time turn the heat up to high and remove the lid to reduce the sauce.
I hope you really love this tasty low-carb lamb mince recipe. 

Your Own Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 302IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 3mg | Magnesium: 13mg | Net Carbs: 5g
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42 responses to “Lamb Keema Curry”

  1. Jacqueline

    5 stars
    I love lamb and this lamb keema was super good! So quick and easy and tasty. We had it with some basmati rice but I like your idea of using it to stuff peppers! Next time!

  2. Janis

    5 stars
    Just made this tonight..
    and what a delight this dish was… you are such a great cook Megan.

  3. Molly Kumar

    5 stars
    This is such a delicious and easy to follow recipe. The flavors are spot on & We love lamb curries. Saving to make in upcoming weekend.

  4. Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer

    5 stars
    Such a lovely and super flavorful dish! I love how deeply spiced this was. This just let the lamb shine through!

  5. Ramona

    5 stars
    This came out perfectly! I ended up adding an extra chili which amounted to the perfect level of spice

  6. Hayley

    5 stars
    This is such a flavourful curry, perfect with naan bread or rice. Thanks for sharing your version with us.

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