Pakistani Kima - Ground Beef Curry

This is my most requested recipe – it pleases everyone, even those who don't care for curry! This Pakistani Kima is gluten-free, dairy-free, with low carb, paleo, AIP, and vegan options - plus it's full of nourishing real food ingredients.


  • 2 – 3 Tbsp oil (I recommend coconut oil.)
  • 1 cup chopped onion (I use 1/4 cup minced)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (see The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic)
  • 1 lb ground beef (or other meat or even chicken. See below for vegan option.)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp curry powder (See Sweet Curry Powder Recipe). Here's a nightshade free curry.
  • 2 1/4 tsp salt (I recommend Real Salt)
  • 1/8 tsp pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups tomatoes (about 1 1/2 14 oz cans) (omit for AIP and use this Nomato Sauce instead.)
  • 3 potatoes or sweet potatoes (see low carb options below. Use sweet potato for AIP.)
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups peas (see low carb/paleo options below. Use snow peas for AIP.)


  1. Melt oil or butter in a large pan.
  2. Add onion and garlic (if using minced, add a bit of water to reconstitute).
  3. Cook until onion softens and garlic begins to brown (watch it carefully – garlic burns easily!)
  4. Add meat and cook thoroughly.
  5. Add curry, salt and spices. Stir well.
  6. Dice potatoes.
  7. Add potatoes, tomatoes and peas to the pan.
  8. Bring to a simmering boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes, or until potatoes are done.


Recipe Notes

- Dice the potatoes small. It’s pretty disappointing to wait the whole 25 minutes and still have crunchy taters!
- Add the peas later in the cooking time to keep their color more vibrant.
- Substitute ingredients and add more or less to your taste. However, if you add more potatoes, onions, or peas, you will need to increase the seasonings.
- For a low carb option, sub green beans for the peas and cauliflower for the potatoes — any low carb option you like. How about radishes for the potatoes :)?
- For a vegan option substitute beans or a soy product (like TVP) for the meat. I don’t personally recommend soy, but it does work and tastes great.
- Curry note: I use a mild sweet curry (my youngest doesn’t like spicy anything!) – In case you missed it, here is my Sweet Curry Recipe :-).
- The recipe calls for potatoes but I have done this with sweet potatoes and it’s ahhmazing. Plus it meets paleo standards that way.
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