ground beef curry (Pakistani Kima) in bowl with spoon

Pakistani Kima - Ground Beef Curry

Course: Entree
Cuisine: AIP, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Paleo, THM, Vegan, whole30
Keyword: Pakistani Kima
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
This ground beef curry (Pakistani Kima) is my most requested recipe. It's a great kid-friendly dish and is always a winner when company comes.
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  • 2 - 3 Tbsp oil (I recommend coconut oil)
  • 1 cup chopped onion (I use 1/4 cup minced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb ground beef (any ground meat works well. See notes for vegan option)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 2 1/4 tsp 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--see AIP alternative above)
  • 3 potatoes or sweet potatoes (see low-carb options in notes. Use sweet potato for AIP)
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups peas (see notes for low carb/paleo options. Use snow peas for AIP)


  • Melt oil or butter in a large pan.
  • Add onion and garlic (if using minced, add a bit of water to reconstitute).
  • Cook until onion softens and garlic begins to brown (watch it carefully – garlic burns easily!)
  • Add meat and cook thoroughly.
  • Add curry, salt and spices. Stir well.
  • Dice potatoes.
  • Add potatoes and tomatoes to the pan. Bring to a simmering boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are done.
  • Add peas and cook until peas are done.
  • Serve alone or over rice or cauliflower as desired.

For Instant Pot

  • Melt oil or butter in a pan.
  • Place butter in Instant Pot and add onion, garlic, and meat (if using minced garlic, add a bit of water to reconstitute).
  • Cook thoroughly on saute feature (watch it carefully – garlic burns easily!)
  • Add tomatoes.
  • Add curry, salt and spices.
  • Add potatoes.
  • Cook under high pressure set for 0 minutes then after 5 minutes release the pressure quickly.
  • Put the frozen peas in.
  • Cook it again under high pressure for 0 minutes and do a quick release of the pressure.


When you set your Instant Pot cooking time to "0 minutes," the Instant Pot will get up to pressure, then immediately switch to the keep warm function and start counting up.


Carbohydrates: 47.1g | Protein: 43.7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1407mg | Potassium: 1680mg | Fiber: 11.3g | Sugar: 11.2g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 24.7mg