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For the village in Estonia, see Keema, Estonia.
Keema served with pau (Indian bun) and green chillies in Mumbai, India
Alternative names Qeema, Kheema
Course Food
Place of origin India/Pakistan/Bangaldesh/Nepal/Afghanistan
Region or state South Asia
Main ingredients Meat, peas or potatoes
Cookbook:Keema  Keema

Keema or Qeema or Morteza (pronounced [ˈqiːmaː]) is a traditional South Asian meat dish, derived from Persian qeymeh. The word is borrowed probably from Greek χυμὸς and originally meant minced meat.[1] It is typically minced mutton curry (lamb or goat) with peas or potatoes. Keema can be made from almost any meat, can be cooked by stewing or frying, and can be formed into kababs. Keema is also sometimes used as a filling for samosas or naan. The word for a similar dish in Armenian is "Gheymah" ղեյմա and in Turkish "kıyma".


Ingredients of keema usually include minced meat, ghee/butter, onions, garlic, ginger, chilis, and spices.

Popular culture[edit]

In the 1960s animated TV show Johnny Quest; episode Riddle of the Gold, Johnny, his father Dr. Benton Quest, his friend Hadji and their guardian Race go to India in search of the Maharajah of Jahilipur. During their stay they are feted by criminal Abdul Cassim posing as the Maharajah whom he has killed. At the Maharajah's palace Cassim introduces the boys to Qeema and another dish Biryani.

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  1. ^ Platts, John (1884). A Dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi, and English. London: W. H. Allen & Co. p. 797. ISBN 81-215-0098-2. 

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