Aloo Qeema


Aloo Qeema is a regular at the Pakistani dinner table. It’s made using mince meat (can be either beef or chicken), with potatoes in a dry gravy. Serve hot with naan and kachumber salad.

Aloo Qeema Recipe


  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • Whole Spices / Sabitgaram masala – 3 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 4-5 black peppercorns & 1-2 cardamom pods
  • 600 gram beef mince
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 – 3 medium potatoes, halved or quartered
  • ½ cup water
  • 2-3 green chillies, for garnish
  • ½ cup coriander leaves, for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Add chopped onions and fry till light golden.
  3. Add sabitgaram masala (whole spices) and fry for a minute till they splutter.
  4. Add the mince meat (chicken or beef) along with ginger & garlic paste. Cook on medium – high heat for a few minutes till the colour changes.
  5. Add the dry spices (coriander powder, salt, turmeric & red chili powder). Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes to let the spices cook.
  6. Turn heat to low – medium and add tomatoes. Let them cook for 10 – 15 minutes till soft and water dries.
  7. Add the potatoes with ½ cup water. Let cook till potatoes are tender.
  8. Take off heat. Garnish with green chillies and fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with roti and an onions & mint pickled salad.
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