It’s not every day that we add a recipe into our weekly rotation but this Chicken Keema has made the cut into the lineup for good reason! Keema or qeema is a dish that traditionally gets made with mutton, beef, or lamb and is popular across not just India but also Pakistan & Bangladesh. I imagine over time the word “keema” started to also refer to any type of meat or eggs being minced finely. There’s egg keema (which we make in my Guju household often), chicken keema, lamb keema- you get the point! Most of the keema pav I’ve had has always been with lamb, and although it’s one of my favorite dishes- I find ground chicken to be much easier to find these days!
I’ve added this Chicken Keema Pav to the weekly rotation of recipes in my own home because it’s fairly easy to make and packs sooo much flavor! My husband is a HUGE fan and it’s absolutely great to meal prep and keep in the fridge for a few days!
You could make this mixture for quesadillas, stuffed peppers, throw it in a cheesesteak or just eat it as is with some deliciously buttery pav!
Few Things to Know Before You Make Chicken Kheema Pav:
- I love using whole spices in any bhurji/kheema recipe because the flavors really permeate the meat but if you don’t have some of the whole spices I’ve listed, they can easily be omitted
- My recipe calls for minced garlic and ginger- and it’s important to get this as finely minced or into a paste as possible to really blend well with the meat. Ideally grating this by hand or using a mini food processor is perfect.
- I also use Shan Lahori Fish Mix & Meat Masala in this recipe but again, you can omit these spices. I particularly love the taste of both of these blends and feel it always elevates my meat dishes and gives it something “extra special.” These mixes also have a lot of salt so I wait until the end to taste and adjust salt.
- I like to sprinkle Achar Masala (aka Methiya Masala) on my keema right before serving because I’m obsessed with the flavor it imparts! We use the Apex Achar Masala from our local Indian grocer.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as my family does! As always, if you make this dish, be sure to tag me in @thechutneylife so I can see all of your awesome creations! Happy Eating <3