Friday, August 15, 2014

Keema Pav

Famous Mumbai street food, Keema Pav (literally meaning mince with bread) is kind of like sloppy joes with a Indian flavor.If you like Pav Bhaji then this is the non vegetarian version for you. Spicy, tangy and lip smacking good. Add some slivered onions, drizzle of lime juice and a dollop of butter and you will be in heaven.  

Ingredients: (serves 4)
1 lb mince chicken or lamb
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium red onion chopped fine
3-4 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp grated ginger
2 large tomatoes pureed
2 tbsp plain yogurt 
1/2 tsp amchoor (mango powder)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Dry whole spices (ground coarsely)
1/4 tsp each cumin, fennel and coriander seeds, peppercorns
2-3 cloves
1 half inch stick cinnamon
2 green cardamoms
1 dry red chili (optional)
To Serve
8 whole wheat kaiser buns
Red onion rings
Green chilies
Lime wedges
Fresh cilantro
  1. Heat oil at medium heat in a pan and add the coarsely ground spice mix. Saute for 30 seconds and then add onions and garlic.
  2. Cook onions till lightly brown and then add pureed tomato and grated ginger.
  3. Cook on high till oil separates in the side of the pan. Add yogurt and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Now add the mince and amchoor, turmeric and salt. Cook stirring constantly till the mince is no longer pink. Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup water, bring to boil and and simmer till mince is cooked through. 
  5. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
  6. Serve with pav or kaiser buns crisp fried in butter along with onion, lime and green chilies.   

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