My Most Requested Recipe – Pakistani Kima Beef Curry w/ vegan and AIP options

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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.

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.

And today (January 2016), I am updating this post.  I've been working on eating more and more “AIP” (the Autoimmune Paleo or Autoimmune Protocol Diet) and so wanted to update this family favorite so that I can make it again and enjoy it with my family.

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 will literally jump up and down every time I make this.

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, Pakistan, and the like are real hits in our home.

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The Origins of this Pakistani Kima

This Pakistani Kima 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:

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.

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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Well, there you have it.  Our family's favorite — Pakistani Kima.  Updated for those of you on the Autoimmune Protocol Diet. And now it's your favorite too (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, you might be interested in……

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!) 

This Pakistani Kima (ground beef curry) is gluten-free, dairy-free, and kid-friendly with low carb, paleo, AIP, and vegan options - plus it's full of nourishing real food ingredients. It's my most requested recipe ever!

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

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  1. Tooooo much salt for a healthy diet surely? Will give it a go with no salt and add just a pinch if really necessary.

  2. Made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! I made the low carb version with cauliflower and radishes. Thanks so much for the recipe, it was a great success

  3. Man that thinks he can says:

    Just made this and giving it to friend who I use to ensure the dish meets my requirements (she try before I commit to eating!). The result is……………………., well we both had two helpings and I might just try a little more before I retire for the evening. Not a mom, by the way, in fact I’m a bloke (man) but my friend is a Grandmother that doesn’t care for spicy food. Got to give this a thumbs up.

    My mom used to make a minced beef dish with curry and add raisins and other dried fruit (and it was the biz)! anyone got any recipes of this nature?

    Thanks for this idea, and all best wishes!!!!

    • I’m so happy to hear this. And well, I hope that others don’t feel that only moms are welcome. Sigh. The Whole New Mom is me. :). Please do comment at any time. I can see about a recipe like that. Is that ground beef then? And are there any other ingredients that you remember from the dish? Thanks!

  4. Ashley Huhn says:

    We have a tomato free diet ?
    Will this recipe work without tomatoes (and without nomato)?

  5. Do try the rice! It’s another completely versatile, customizable recipe! And I’m looking forward to trying some of the variations of Pakistani Kima that you and your readers have suggested. It’s so perfect as written that it never occurred to me to change a thing. Some of the suggestions sound very good, however!

  6. I’ve been using “More with Less Cookbook” for all of my 40-year marriage, and this recipe (along with Vietnam Fried Rice) is a great favorite. I’m always surprised when I make it at how good it is, especially considering how easy it is to throw together. My husband likes to throw in a few golden raisins!

  7. Angela @ Setting My Intention says:

    Thanks for reminding me of this recipe! I’ve made it before years ago from the More with Less Cookbook but haven’t made it in awhile. My kids love the curried lentils from the same cookbook so I bet they’ll like this too!

  8. I’m planning to try this out this weekend and I can’t wait. Just wanted to confirm – do you typically used canned diced tomatoes? Thanks!

  9. This is literally amazing. My husband had four helpings. The seasoning is just delicious! We made it with chickpeas instead of peas and cherry tomatoes from a local farm, and it was out of this world. Thank you thank you!

  10. I’ve made this a number of times now and always enjoy it! I use your suggested modifications and make it with cauliflower and green beans. In fact, I think I like the way the cauliflower soaks up the sauce better than potato! Thanks so much for this recipe, it comes together sooo quickly and it really flavorful.