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Dum Ka keema (smoked ground beef)
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Dum Ka Keema (Smoked Ground beef)

Dum ka Keema is smoked ground beef that infused in homemade masala, and spices. It's given its smoked from a hot coal along with garnishing with fried onion, cilantro, and lemon juice. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
Keyword: authentic, dum ka keema, keema
Author: Sarah Mirza


Masala For Dum Ka Keema

  • ½ cinnamon stick break into 3-4 pieces before grinding them
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 dried long red pepper

Dum Ka Keema

  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • ½ cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • 3 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 2 ½ tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 3 tsp salt or as needed
  • 2 ½ tsp turmeric powder


  • bunch cilantro finely chopped
  • fried onion that you made earlier
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice


  • 1 bbq coal
  • 3-5 drops oil



  • In a fry pan add cinnamon, coriander, black cardamom cumin, green cardamom pods, cloves, black peppercorns, and dried long red pepper dry roast them.
  • Then grind them in the coffee grinder.
  • Grind them until they are powder form.
  • Set it aside.

Dum Ka Keema

  • In a medium size pot, on medium heat, add oil, and heat it up.
  • Now add onion and sauté the onion until its golden.
  • Take out 50% of the golden onion.
  • Set the 50% of the golden onion that you just took out aside.
  • Now add ginger garlic paste in the pot that has the 50% golden onion in it.
  • Sauté that for 30 seconds.
  • Next add the ground beef.
  • Now break the ground beef with a wooden spoon until it breaks into little pieces. (Make sure there arent any big chunks.)
  • Keep sautéing it until the ground beef is brown color.
  • Now add in the masala that you made earlier along with red chili powder, salt, garam masala, tumeric powder, and mix well for 1 minute.
  • Next add the yogurt and tomato and mix well for 5 minutes.
  • Let it cook for 5-7 minutes until fully done.
  • Now follow the smoke steps below.

Smoke the Keema and Garnish

  • Turn on the stove.
  • On high to medium heat, place the coal on the stove.
  • Make sure you use a steel tong to move the coal and you lid the coal properly this process can take up to 5-7 minutes.
  • Once it heats up properly then place the coal in a little steel bowl with using a pair of tongs.
  • Place that steel bowl on top of the ground beef in your pot.
  • Now pour few drops of oil as soon as it releases smoke you are going to cover the lid of your pot.
  • Let the smoke do its magic for 10 minutes.
  • Then uncover the lid and take out the steel bowl with the coal.
  • Next garnish with fresh lemon juice, cilantro, and golden onion (that 50% that we set aside earlier).
  • Serve it Immediately with Chapati or Naan.