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.

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Bafat Keema with Pav



We all know about what happened in Chennai last week. I was swamped myself, coordinating with the on ground team from the Zomato Chennai office. People from across the country donated meals on Zomato that were then taken upon by restaurants to prepare and our team in Chennai picked them up and distributed along with volunteers and NDRF. It was an incredible effort on the team’s part. And I was tired. Mentally, emotionally, and physically, considering my posture sitting in front of my laptop through 3-4 days without a break. When it was Sunday, I realized how I lost track of time. I wanted comfort, I wanted food, and I wanted it easy. And that’s exactly what I had. Keema cooked in bafat powder I’d made last week.


500 gm minced mutton (keema)

3 onions, finely chopped

3 tomatoes, finely chopped

3 tbsp tomato puree

1 tsp cumin (jeera)

2 green chillies, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

3 tbsp bafat powder

1 tsp chilli powder (optional)

Salt to taste



Heat oil/ghee and add jeera, garlic and green chillies.

Once fragrant, add onions and cook till brown.

Add keema and bafat powder, cook for 5 mins.

Add tomatoes, tomato puree and chilli powder.

Cover pan with a lid and let it cook on low flame for 20 mins, or till done.

Turn off heat and garnish with chopped coriander.

I served this with pav. You could have it with rice or rotis too.


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Aloo Keema Rice Pot

One pot dinners are wonderful. Especially when it’s movie night with friends. To add to it, winters. Again, perfect for a no-fuss-cooking kind of person like me (read: lazy).

Minced mutton – 1/2 kg
Onion – 3 finely chopped
Tomato – 3 finely chopped/pureed
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Garam masala – 1 tbsp
Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Potato – 2 cut into small cubes and cooked
Coriander to garnish

1. Saute onions in hot oil with ginger garlic paste.
2. Add garam masala and chilli powder along with the turmeric and stir well.
3. Add a splash of water to bring the masala together.
4. Add the mutton and mix it all together.
5. Add salt and let it cook for 5 mins.
6. Add potatoes and simmer for 2-3 mins or till mutton is cooked.
7. Garnish with coriander leaves.

I’m obsessed with fried onions as a garnish for mutton dishes. It’s optional but a great add on.

Serve on a bed of rice with a slice of lemon. 

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