On the last Sunday of the month; when the family was almost exhausted with the budget but nowhere in the position to make the kids understand that was the time for Keema Curry! When they were bound to satisfy each and every member of the 28 membered non-vegetarian families; with limited meat, that was the time for Keema Curry. When a few grams of Keema were cooked with a kilogram of Potato to make everybody happy, that was the time of Keema curry at my North Calcutta Residence. Another post; again going back to the memories of childhood!
Bengali Keema Curry!
There are a few delicacies that for me are more emotion and less food. Bengali Aloo Diye Keema Curry is one such item. I have seen; my mother and aunts cooking this runny meaty delicacy for years to make the big fat family happy. I have seen them cooking 500g of mincemeat for a 20+ membered family with 1 kg potato. Needless to say, that was enough to make us happy.
Mutton Mincemeat Curry with Potato Chunks
The Runny Keemar Torkari, the way it was called back home was all love. A runny red-colored curry prepared with Mutton mincemeat and potato, Bengali Keema Curry was sheer emotion. It was not a lunch preparation at my place. It used to be the dinner favorite with hot and fluffy Roti. I, though, always preferred Keema Curry with Pauruti (read Bread slices). In fact, upon my request Mamoni (my aunt) used to save a bowl full of curry for my breakfast the next day!
Looking back I know how special those days were. Now when I go home, I see them making the same dish, well not with the same apprehension! The recipe, I am going to share is just the way they cook it to date, with love, with care. I just learned it from the iron ladies from my family. I just have changed a small thing here. My recipe is not about the limited amount of Mincemeat instead a bit extra of the same. You can, however, reduce it to half, and believe me the taste will not differ.
Last but not least, the recipe calls for Aloo. The combination of little mutton chunks along with potato chunks makes it special. Color is another important aspect. To me, Keem Curry means a red-colored mincemeat curry with potato chunks and with a layer of oil over the top of the curry. Maa used to add a paste of dry Red chili while cooking the dish for the red-hot color. However, I add Kashmiri red chili powder.
Keema Curry FAQ
Yes, the texture varies. Check the picture given below. The keema curry in this picture (as well as shown in the video) is cooked with manually chopped keema while the remaining pictures are taken when I cooked the mincemeat curry with machine-cut mincemeat.
Here's how I cook Bengali Keema Curry at Debjanir Rannaghar!Print
Bengali mincemeat curry with potato chunks a.k.a Bengali Keema curry is a comforting Mutton preparation
- 500g Mutton Keema/ Mutton Mincemeat
- 5 Potato (Big)
- 2 Tomato
- 2 Onion
- 1 Tsp. Ginger Paste
- 1.5 Tsp. Garlic Paste
- 2 Tsp. Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
- 1 Tsp. Cumin Powder
- 1 Tsp. Coriander Powder
- ½ Tsp. Garam Masala Powder
- 1 Tbsp. Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Salt or to Taste
- 4 Tbsp. Mustard Oil
- 2 Dry Red Chili
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 4 Green Cardamom
- 1-inch Cinnamon Stick
- ½ Tsp. Asafoetida
Here's how to cook Bengali Keema Curry!
- Wash Mutton Keema under running water and drain excess water from the mincemeat.
- Now marinate the mutton with half of Kashmiri Red Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, and 1 Tbsp. Mustard Oil for 1 hour.
- Roughly chop the onions.
- Peel the potatoes and cut them into small cubes. Cut tomatoes into small pieces.
- Heat 3 Tbsp. of Mustard Oil in a pan and fry potato cubes till those turn golden brown and crips.
- Temper remaining oil with Dry Red Chili, Bay Leaf, Green Cardamom, Cinnamon Stick, and Asafoetida.
- Add Sugar at this point and cook on a slow flame till the sugar melt and caramelize.
- Now add chopped onion and fry till those turn translucent.
- Add the rest of the Kashmiri Red Chili Powder and Turmeric Powder at this point and fry for 2 more minutes on low flame.
- Now add chopped tomatoes followed by the Ginger and Garlic Paste and cook till the oil separates.
- Add salt and the rest of the Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder along with half of the Garam Masala Powder, and cook for a minute on low flame.
- Now add marinated mincemeat and mix thoroughly.
- Cook the meat covering the pan on low flame and stir in between.
- The meat will release water.
- Cook for around 5 minutes on low flame.
- Add fried potatoes and mix again.
- Now add 3 cups of boiling water and cook on low flame for 15 minutes.
- Based on requirement adjust the gravy. I prefer the dish to be served with gravy and hence I add some more water just before finishing the dish.
- Add the rest of the Garam Masala and 1 Tbsp. of Mustard Oil and boil the Curry over the high flame for 5 minutes and switch the flame off.
- Serve Bengali Keema Curry with your choice of rice or bread hot.
In case using normal Chili Powder instead of Kashmiri Red Chili Powder, reduce the amount.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Category: Mutton
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: Bengali
- Serving Size: 100g
- Calories: 509
- Sugar: 5.2g
- Sodium: 419mg
- Fat: 14g
- Saturated Fat: 1.2g
- Carbohydrates: 95.5g
- Fiber: 9.4g
- Protein: 4.1g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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Bengali Keema Curry Recipe Video
To Serve Mutton Keema Curry:
I like it best with the bread slices; however, it goes amazing with Paratha or Roti and even with plain rice.
Meat-based recipes from Debjanir Rannaghar:
- Bangladeshi Chicken Roast (Also known as Biyebarir Chicken Roast)
- Mutton Ghee Roast (also known as Mangalorean Ghee Roast)
- Dak Bungalow Chicken Curry (Also known as Chicken Dak Bungalow)
- Aam Kasundi Murgi (Also known as Bengali Style Chicken in Mango Mustard Sauce)
- Kolkata style Chicken Bharta (Also known as Chicken Bhorta)
- Mangsher Ghughni (Also known as Yellow Pea Curry with Minced Mutton)
- Nalli Nihari (also known as Mutton Nihari)
- Joggi Barir Mangsho (Also known as Biyebarir Mutton Curry)
- Kolkata Mutton Biryani (also known as Calcutta Biryani)
- Posto Mangsho (also known as Bengali Mutton Curry cooked with Poppy Seed Paste)
- Mangsha Tarkari ( also known as Oriya Mutton Curry)
- Orange and Herb Roasted Chicken and Vegetables (Also known as Roast Chicken)
- Gota Moshlar Mangsho (Also known as Kata Moshlar Mangsho or Mutton cooked with whole spices)
- Bengali Mete Chorchori (also known as Mutton Liver side with Potato chunks)
- Hyderabadi Haleem (also known as Mutton Haleem)
- Bashi Pork Kosha (also known as Kosha Pork)
- Kolkata’s Mutton Tikia (also known as Tikia Kebab)
- Doi Murgi (Also known as Kolkata style Doi Chicken)
- Posto Mangsho (Also known as Bengali Mutton Curry cooked with Poppy Seed Paste)
- Pork Jhol (Also known as Bengali Pork Curry)
- Bangladeshi Mutton Tehari (also known as ghost Tehari)
- Kochi Pathar Jhol (also known as Aloo diye Mangshor Jhol or Bengali Mutton Curry)
- Mutton Ghee Roast (also known as Lamb ghee roast)
- Keema Matar (also known as Mutton mincemeat cooked with green peas)
- Panch Phoron Murgi (also known as Bengali Chicken Curry with Panch Phoron)
- Dhakai Morog Pulao (also known as Sahi Morog Pulao)
- Mangsher Ghughni (also known as Yellow Pea Curry with Minced Mutton)
- Gota Roshun diye Mangshor Jhol (also known as Bengali Mutton Curry with Garlic Pod)
- Bangladeshi Kala Bhuna (Also known as Beef Kala Bhuna or Kalo Bhuna)
Have you tried the Bengali Keema Curry from Debjanir Rannaghar!
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