Wednesday 27 April 2016

What's Cooking Thursday #1: Minced Meat with Pitta Bread

What's Cooking Thursday is a series of different recipes of meals & desserts that I've been cooking recently. Although I don't always like my own cooking I do like my mum's and most of these are her recipes. I hope you enjoy!

I don't know about you, but sometimes I can't be asked to make an elaborate dinner. I want something easy, quick, flavoursome and wholesome. My absolute go-to is this minced meat (keema) recipe that I've learnt from my mum. She adds tons of spices to her food to really amp up the taste!


1kg minced meat
1 1/2 medium-sized onions or 2 small onions
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp ground garam masala
1 tsp groun coriander
1 tsp ground cumin seeds
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/5 tsp of chilli powder
2-21/2 tbsp tomato puree/paste
3 tbsp oil
a generous helping of mixed vegetables
one handful of fresh coriander leaves
You can also add 3 medium-sized boiled potatoes to add to the very end!

I usually give my meat a rinse underneath the tap and squash all the water out and let it sit for a bit before I put it in the pot.

Finely chop your onions and chuck them into your pot along with enough oil to coat them while frying. 

Cook them until just passed golden brown - it doesn't matter if a few bits are darker or lighter than the rest so long as you have a general golden colour throughout. This helps with the flavour and colouring of the minced meat. You'll want to turn the heat down to its lowest point

You'll now want to add a mug full of hot water and turn the heat right back to bring to the boil. 

Here we will now add our 1tsp of ginger and garlic as well as our tomato paste

And now we're adding 1tsp of the rest of our spices (ground garam masala, coriander, cumin, curry powder, paprika, salt) and 1/5 of chilli powder - or you can add to taste. It is better to add less chilli powder and to leave or to add to taste later on.
You mix all the ingredients together and you leave on the heat for 2-4 minutes until you can start to see the oil bubbling in the pan.

You now add your minced meat!

And mix thoroughly until it's covered in the sauce. You the leave this alone to boil with the lid on for about 3-4 minutes so that the water can escape from the minced meat

You then check on it and see how much water has come up and add to it if necessary. At this stage I usually add half a mug.

I now add in the mixed veg to cook along with the minced meat and leave to cook for 15/20 minutes on a slightly lower heat. I usually take this time to wash up and to clear up my kitchen counter so most of it is clean!

Now that it has cooked you can add the fresh coriander and taste the minced meat. You may add to your liking here. I like to add at least 1/2 tsp of everything and maybe 1/5 tsp more chilli powder.
Mix thoroughly when you add more!

You'll now want to get rid of any excess water. So you crank up to high heat and stir consistently until all of the water has evaporated.

 And it is complete!
Serve with pitta bread and enjoy!


Two Tiny Hands


  1. Oh that is so simple and I like it. Such good use of spices. My usual instinct with mince is to do shepherds pie or spag bol. This looks like something I'll have to try. THanks for sharing with #abrandnewday

    1. Yes, usually that is first instinct with minced meat. I have a few different ways of using it though that I'll post in the future! Hope it comes out nice. Thanks for commenting!

  2. So, today I got some minced lamb out of the freezer and was going to google some new recipes instead of the usual. This is perfect and I even have all of the ingredients in too! I am saving this and will let you know how I get on as I am a rubbish cook it may be inedible :o #abrandnewday

  3. Ooooh, do let me know if you tried it out - I hope it came out good! x

  4. Oh how interesting to have the mince meat as the meal with pita on the side. Here in Texas we wrap it up for a good old burrito :)


    1. Yes, I have an Asian background so that's how we eat it usually!
      Thanks for commenting!

  5. not a huge mince fan here at all. the hubby and boy would love it though! #KCACOLS

  6. This is great, looks pretty simple to do when there are kids running around but yet packed with flavour!! I'll keep this one handy:)



    1. Yes, I quite like it as it doesn't take long and I do quite like a lot of flavour - you really get all of it when you eat it with pita! Hope you like it!

  7. Simple, yet delicious-that's what I love! This looks sooooo good-and I love that you added some pita with it. Definitely gonna have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing <3 #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you! I hope it turns out well for you, lovely! Thank you for commenting. ♥

  8. Great recipe! Easy to do and full of flavour. I will keep a note of this for the hubby who is is the one who enjoys cooking at home. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. Sorry for my late comment. Hope to see you again this week, :-) x

    1. Thank you for commenting! I hope you do try it and enjoy it!