Keema Channa Masala | Minced meat with Chickpeas

Minced meat with chickpeas

This bowl of minced meat with chickpeas and foxtail millet is a thoroughly satisfying meal. Mutton (you could use lamb) is simmered with lots of tomatoes and spices with chickpeas tossed in when it’s almost done. It’s a pretty straightforward and basic, but makes for a hearty meal. With foxtail millet you can eliminate the guilt that might come with polished white rice. I for one am alright with carrying that guilt every now and then. If you don’t have cooked chickpeas, feel free to use potatoes.

Minced meat with chickpeas


3-4 servings

Prep time:

5 mins

Cooking time:

30-40 mins


Keema / minced lamb – 250 gm

Tomatoes – 4 finely chopped

Onions – 1 finely chopped

Cooked chickpeas – 1 cup

Garlic – 4 cloves finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece grated or finely chopped

Cumin seeds / jeera – 1 tsp

Paprika / chilli powder – 2 tsp

Coriander powder / dhaniya – 1 tsp

Garam masala – 2 tsp

Turmeric – 1 tsp

Salt – to taste

Sugar – 1 tsp (to balance the acidity from tomatoes)

Oil/ghee – 1 tbsp

Coriander leaves – handful, chopped


Heat the oil/ghee and add the cumin seeds to let them crackle.

Now the onions go in.

Add a pinch of salt at this point.

Once onions are translucent, add tomatoes.

Add the garam masala, chilli powder, coriander powder and sugar.

Lower the flame and cook the mutton down for 10-12 mins.

After the tomatoes have broken down, add the mutton and salt.

With a splash (1/2 cup) of water let it simmer for about 25-30 mins. Stir it every 10 mins or so.

Check to see if the meat is cooked. Add the chickpeas and stir.

Simmer for another 5 mins.

Ladle on rice or foxtail millet. Sprinkle coriander leaves and serve.

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