My Most Requested Recipe – Pakistani Kima (Beef Curry w/ vegan option)

My most requested recipe - Pakistani Kima (ground beef curry)

It seems every family has at least several recipes that are sure to please. For us, they are our Homemade “Almond Joy®” Bars, “DORITO®” Popcorn, Savory Hummus, Green Bean Chips, Surprisingly Good Popcorn, and this one–Pakistani Kima, otherwise known as Ground Beef Curry.

This truly is my most requested recipe.  Hands down.

Think you don’t like recipes for curry?  Think your kids won’t eat it?  Think you don’t like international fare? Think again.

My kids were literally jumping up and down when they saw that I made this last night!

This is one of my stand-by company meals and it is also the one that I like to take to new moms or those who are sick.  Almost without fail, I get a request for the recipe.  And it’s great that the main ingredient is ground beef (though you can make it vegan as well) so it is a fairly frugal meal as well.

Now everyone can enjoy this recipe – though I must confess that I’m a bit hesitant to share – I kinda want to keep the secret all to myself :-).  It’s really fun to bless others with something nice, isn’t it?

Now, we love international food.  From almost every country.  But the deep, rich flavors of India and the like are real hits in our home.

This recipe is adapted from one by the same name in the great “back to basics” cookbook, More-With-Less.  I actually didn’t get this recipe initially from the cookbook, but from our dear friend, Margaret, who also is the source of my Applesauce Wheat Germ Muffins (w/ GF option).

Margaret, like all of us, is busy.  But unlike me, she does not like to cook.  One pan meals are her specialty (now, I love to cook, but when simple and wonderful go together, I am all ears!) and she shared this one with us at her home years ago.  We loved it and have made it regularly ever since.

Years later, I took out More with Less from the library and saw this recipe and thought, “That’s it!  That’s the same Kima (“kee-ma”) we love!”

I’ve made a few changes (of course :-)) and it tastes even better (in my humble opinion).

We almost always serve this with:

Well, there you have it.  Our family’s favorite.  And now yours (I hope :-)!)

And I guarantee that any new mom you take this to will be very grateful!

For some other great easy and delicious meal ideas, check out:

Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Health Meals Galore and Gluten Free Chili Mac
Savory Hummus
Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
Oven Barbecued Chicken
Kid-Friendly Lentils (ready in as little as 9 minutes!) 

Do you have a family favorite (secret or not) to share?

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  1. Tried this yesterday, and today I’m making anotger, bigger batch!! This is absolutely delicious, we loved it and so did the little ones, worth mentioning that we’re not curry lovers either. This dish ticks all the boxes, well done and thanks for sharing!

  2. this was a great start and maybe a kid friendly recipe. however, i had to add so much more to give it flavour. i started off with doubling the spices listed above except for the salt, and then i had to add 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper, 1 tsp of corriander, 1 tsp of cumin, added 4 more cloves of garlic and a can of tomato paste. i also added 2 tsps of coconut sugar cause i felt like it was missing some sweetness.

  3. This recipe was amazing! Thank you – sharing with all my fb friends!

  4. Hi! Has anyone tried using butternut squash as a sub for the potatoes? I have one sitting on the counter that I need to use up :)

  5. I’ve been making your recipe for years and it’s always a big hit! For the vegetarian days I use cooked red lentils.

  6. This looks absolutely amazing! I cannot wait to try this. I saw a recipe on the Food Network (I forget which show) for Kima that I wanted try, but this looks even better!
    I kind of want to make this in a mock shepherd’s pie by putting some garlic and cheese mashed potatoes on top.

  7. I saw this and thought it would be great with goat meat (or lamb) I have been buying my eggs from a local farm, and they recently butchered goats. I bought some of it, and have been trying to find good recipes to use it up (yes, it does have a bit of a ‘goaty’ taste).
    Morroccan, Indian fare usually have spices that cover strong tasting meats, so this is a good try. ( I think because those countries eat a lot of ‘alternative’ meats like goat and lamb) Anyway, I’ll try this with the goat meat and give you a comment on how it did!

  8. I made this tonight with diced yams instead of potatoes with no other changes except cutting salt to about 1.5 tsp and served over rice–sooooo good! And very easy. This will become a staple at our house. Thank you for sharing!