Kheema is well known by many. Ground meat is cooked together in spices and can be eaten with roti or rice. There are hundreds if not thousands of Kheema recipes out there and this one is a Dhaba style. A Dhaba is a roadside shack in India. Typically these are found on the highways and serve delicious and sometimes greasy food to weary travelers.

Check out some of my other Kheema recipes:

Kheema with Dill | Sui ki bhaji Kheema

Green Masala Kheema | Instant Pot

Goan MASALA KHEEMA | Spiced Ground Beef Curry

Goan KHEEMA – Spicy ground BEEF or MUTTON prepared in a Goan style

Dhaba style Kheema

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  • 1 tbsp of Ghee
  • 2 tbsps Oil
  • 2 inches stick Cinnamon
  • 5 red Chillies
  • 4 green Cardamoms
  • 1 black Cardamom
  • 5 Cloves
  • 5 Peppercorns and
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 cups finely diced Onion
  • 2 tbsps Ginger & Garlic paste
  • 2 lbs ground meat – Beef Lamb or Mutton
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp crushed Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsps red Chilly powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 3 tsps Garam masala
  • 1 cup blanched and pureed Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsps Yogurt
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1 tsp dried Fenugreek – Kasuri Methi
  • 1 cup half cooked cubed Potatoes
  • Chopped Coriander for garnish


  • Heat the ghee and oil and saute the whole spices and chillies
  • Add the onion and cook till translucent
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste and cook for a minute or so to release that raw ginger and garlic flavour
  • Add the ground meat, salt to taste and pepper
  • Add all the powdered spices reserving 1 tsp each of chilli powder and Garam Masala for later
  • Mix this well
  • Add the blanched and pureed tomatoes
  • Add the yogurt and fold in
  • Add the water
  • Add the dried fenugreek
  • Add the rest of the powdered spices
  • Add the half cooked potatoes, cover and cook for 10 mins
  • Garnish with chopped coriander