|Alternative names||Qeema, Kheema|
|Place of origin||India/Pakistan/Bangladesh/Nepal/Afghanistan|
|Region or state||South Asia|
|Main ingredients||Meat, peas or potatoes|
|Cookbook: Keema Media: Keema|
Keema or Qeema or Kheema or Morteza (pronounced [ˈqiːmaː]) is a traditional South Asian meat dish, derived from Persian qeymeh. The name qeema is an ancient Akkadian word meaning 'finely chopped'. The word may also be borrowed probably from Greek χυμὸς and originally meant minced meat. Another theory is about its Turkic origin. 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" means minced meat.
In popular culture
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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