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Minced Meat with Potato & Cluster Beans | Keema Aloo Gawar Phali

Minced meat (keema), potato (aloo) and cluster beans (gawar phali) is a side dish cooked in onion, ginger and tomato along with aromatic spices and is served with Indian bread like chapati, kulcha or naan. 
Minced Meat with Potato & Cluster Beans | Keema Aloo Gawar Phali

My love for meat stew with veggies can be witnessed in my Kerala stew, Emirati stew or the Goulash! Apart from taste, it saves me time in the kitchen and fewer dishes in the sink. Don't you agree? I am in awe at my friends' meal spread that never has less than four items excluding the main dish. I simply can't pull that off - and if I do, it would be a special occasion. 😁

Keema aloo gawar phali is yet another meat and vegetable dish I got introduced to during Bangalore days. My paying guest owner's wife - we call her Babhie (sister-in-law) - is the one who cooked food for all the girls. Some of her dishes are still a memory for me because I have not been able to recreate them. I am not sure of her ethnicity but they spoke Urdu and no doubt the food was exceptionally good especially during Ramadan and post eid days. As the only Muslim girl in her paying guest, I did get to taste their best food for sehri and Iftar. And guess what? they love my chai πŸ˜„ I stayed there for six years which should speak volumes about their homely food and some of my first lessons in roti making. 😊

I could have just messaged her and asked for the recipe, but honestly, I have lost touch and it feels awkward to now reach out with the pretext of a recipe. That said, I have lost touch with many friends and family but maybe their part in my life is over and people move on with good memories. I know that is not a good justification, I should make effort to call her sometimes. If nothing, she fed me well. So all that to say this recipe is inspired by Vajeeha babhie's food and adapted from Cook with Faiza's aloo keema.  

Cluster beans - guar, govar, gavar, gawar, kothavarangai, gori kayi, goru chikkudu, kothamara are regional names for cluster beans in India. I read that cluster beans are great for diabetic people as they have higher fibre content than most vegetables which helps maintain the blood sugar levels after a meal. Grown all over India and mostly harvested around September to November but are generally available all year these days. They need more cooking time than the regular green beans and so I add them along with potatoes. Cluster beans taste is distinctive and compliments the meat and potato - therefore, I deem cluster beans as the star of this dish. πŸ˜‹

Minced Meat with Potato & Cluster Beans | Keema Aloo Gawar Phali

Keema Aloo Gawar Phali is now our family favourite and sure a keeper recipe. F is hard to please with vegetables but if there is even a shy amount of meat, he will buy it. 😁Don't like cluster beans? or can't source them? You can still use this same recipe and replace cluster beans with boiled or frozen green peas and add towards the end of the cooking. 

How to make keema aloo gawar ki sabzi?

Firstly, prepare the ingredients. Chop the potatoes and cluster beans around an inch size. I don't wash ground meat but if you do, then wash and let it drain before you use.   

You can start cooking in a pressure cooker but I find cooking in the pot more convenient and controllable. I have used ghee, but you may use any cooking oil. Onions need to be sliced thin or diced fine. Add the sliced onions and ginger-garlic paste and fry them until lightly golden brown. (approx 5 to 6 minutes)
Hot ghee in a pot with sliced onions and ginger-garlic paste

I have used lamb mince you may use mutton or beef but cooking time may differ slightly. It would be better to use ground meat with some fat content as that adds flavour to this dish but you may use fatless meat too. Add the minced meat and cook on medium to high flame until it the meat browns and the moisture is entirely absorbed. Continue to cook until you can see the oil oozing out in the sides. (approx 10 minutes)
added the ground or minced meat

I like to chop tomatoes large and chunky as it will anyways get cooked down by the end. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and fresh ginger, chilli flakes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin seeds. Cook this until the tomatoes are reduced. (approx 8 to 10 minutes)
Stir in the chopped tomatoes and fresh ginger

added chilli flakes, spice powders and cumin seeds.

Add the potato chunks and chopped cluster beans and mix well. Add enough water and bring this to boil. (approx 5 minutes)
Added chopped potatoes and cluster beans

Added water to the meat potato and cluster beans stew

Cover and cook on low to medium flame for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes and beans are cooked. Do stir a few time in between the cooking. 
Covered pot

Hope you have a north Indian or Pakistani garam masala which makes a lot of difference to this dish. Open and turn the flame to high and sprinkle garam masala, fresh coriander, green chillies and switch off after a minute or two. Serve hot with kulcha, naan, chapati or any other Indian flatbread.
Cooked dish of meat potato and cluster beans


Minced Meat with Potato & Cluster Beans | Keema Aloo Gawar Phali

Minced Meat with Potato & Cluster Beans | Keema Aloo Gawar Phali Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 large onion, sliced finely 
  • 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 500gms minced meat (lamb or beef or mutton)
  • 1-inch ginger, julienned
  • 1 large tomato, chopped roughly 
  • 2 teaspoon chilli flakes 
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 to 3 small to medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cubed 
  • 1 cup chopped cluster beans (gawar ki phali) 
  • 1 and 1/4 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • Fistful fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 to 3 green chillies, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat ghee in a saucepan or pot on a medium to high flame. Add the sliced onions and ginger-garlic paste and fry them until lightly golden brown. 
  2. Add the minced meat and cook on medium to high flame until it browns and the moisture is entirely absorbed. Continue to cook until you can see the oil coming out.
  3. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and fresh ginger, chilli flakes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin seeds. Cook this until the tomatoes are reduced.
  4. Add the potato chunks and chopped cluster beans and mix well. 
  5. Add enough water and bring this to boil.
  6. Cover and cook on low to medium flame for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes and beans are cooked. Do stir in a few time in between the cooking. 
  7. Open and turn the flame to high and sprinkle garam masala, fresh coriander, green chillies and switch off after a minute or two. Serve hot with kulcha, naan, chapati or any other Indian flatbread.
Minced Meat with Potato & Cluster Beans | Keema Aloo Gawar Phali


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