Keema Fried Rice – Convenient Convertible

Keema fried rice
Keema fried rice

In this age of convertible cars,convertible bonds,tablets and convertible laptops, how convenient wouldn’t it be if we can convert some leftovers from the fridge into a delicious box lunch.

Keema fried rice is one such quick fix dish (try saying quick fix dish quickly 😉  ) I used to pack for my kids,when they were in school. It doesn’t need any accompaniments or sides and is completely a non-drip and non-messy kind of food . Of course, it can be made fresh from scratch, but in case you are left with some cooked plain rice in your fridge and are wondering what to do with it, this is one tasty dish you can try.

Keema  or Qeema is derived from the Persian word ‘Qeymeh’ which means ‘minced meat'(similar to the Turkish ‘Kiyma’  or Armenian ‘Gheymah’) Keema can be made with any meat-lamb,beef or chicken. I usually make this dish with lamb mince. But you can try it with any other meat.

In this dish the mince is fried with very less oil and is flavored with turmeric (the superfood),red chilli powder ,a spritz of lemon and fresh cilantro. Then the cooked rice is added to it ,mixed well and sauteed for a few minutes. I would normally add Chinese salt at this point if I am making this dish for grown ups but avoid it if it is for kids.

My daughter's attempt at sketching the convertible Ferrari
My daughter’s attempt at sketching the convertible Ferrari

How to cook Keema in a jiffy

Ingredients:

  • 200 g minced lamb /chicken/beef  
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp. ginger and garlic paste
  • 2 tsp. juice of lemon freshly squeezed
  • 1 small onion grated fine
  • 1-2 tbsp. oil

Method:

  1. Mix the mince with salt,chilli powder,turmeric powder,ginger garlic paste and leave for half an hour.
  2. Put oil in a wok over medium heat.
  3. Toss in the onion and fry till translucent.
  4. Add the marinated mince and fry till cooked. Keep stirring all the while.
  5. Chicken takes lesser time than lamb or beef.
  6. Spritz the lemon juice and immediately turn off the heat.
  7. Your  fried keema is ready.

Keema fried Rice

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • Fried Keema from 200 g mince
  • 3 cups plain cooked rice ( preferably basmati)
  • 1/4 tsp. Chinese salt (Ajinimoto)
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro/coriander leaves

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat.
  2. Mix the fried keema, Chinese salt and cooked rice and saute for a couple of minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and sprinkle the chopped cilantro.
  4. Serve hot or pack in a lunch box after it comes to room temperature.

Note: Avoid using Chinese salt if preparing for kids.

Keema fried rice
Keema fried rice

I am taking this delicious quick fix meal to Angie’s Fiesta Friday#82

This week it is being co-hosted by  Kaila @ GF Life 24/7 and Sarah @ Sarah’s Little Kitchen


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55 Comments Add yours

  1. Lina says:

    Wow! What a delightful recipe:) will probably feature it on my next recipe challenge post

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Lina. I am so glad you like it.

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  2. That sounds tasty.. would definitely love to try it.. If using lamb mince how much would be approximate cooking time…and hey.. your daughter sketches pretty well… ☺

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Bilna 🙂 It should take anywhere between 5-8 minutes. It varies with the quality of mince and the kind of cut. The finer the mince the lesser the time. My daughter is sending you a hug for the compliment. She is embarrassed I put it up on the blog because she thinks her Ferrari is having a flat tyre and she needs to fix it 😀

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      1. Thanks dear…
        There’s nothing to be embarrassed… It looks superb.. my regards to your girl

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      2. skd says:

        Hugs and love from my daughter 💕

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  3. Gimme…GIMME! Gonna make this one tonight xxxx

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    1. skd says:

      Oh Please do. It should be real quick 🙂

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      1. Lol!! It mwas. So thank you. it was also very nice…that was down to your recipe not my cooking x

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      2. skd says:

        Well!!!The recipe was in the hands of a talented person like you who can make simple things artistic and romantic 💕💖
        Thank you for trying it and giving me a feedback 👍☺

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  4. Love both the recipe and your daughter’s drawing. I need one of those in my garage! LOL Have a great day. Cheryl

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Cheryl 🙂 My daughter thinks she needs to fix the flat tyre of her Ferrari. Then she will drive it up to your garage 😀

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      1. Ok I shall make room for her and the red Ferrari! Xo Cheryl

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      2. skd says:

        😙💕from both of us

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  5. TP MLILO says:

    Beautiful food, beautiful sketch too!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much.

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  6. Awesome use of leftovers! That looks fantastic 🙂 and the sketch is outstanding too 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Freda ☺
      Hugs from my girl💕

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  7. This is a dish I would definitely enjoy and I frequently seem to have leftover rice. Your daughter is very talented 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Judi. Lots of love and hugs from my daughter ❤

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  8. This may seem like a silly question, but when you send it as a school lunch, does you child eat it cold or heated? Does it sit in their lunch bag without refrigeration?

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    1. skd says:

      I always used to bring the food down to room temperature,line the lunch box with aluminium foil and pack the food when my kids were small. Now they are grown up and can take hot food in thermo lunch boxes (hot box).Unless when the weather is hot, this food sits very well for 4-5 hours. And when it comes to packing for kids I make it fresh in the morning.
      Thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate your visits 🙂 And my good wishes to Rebecca Lyn

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  9. Loretta says:

    Love that keema rice, it looks so tasty. Your daughter has talent 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much Loretta from me and my girl ❤ ❤

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  10. Great idea about utilizing whatever is in the fridge to make wonderful dishes!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much 🙂

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  11. Mr Fitz says:

    What is Chinese salt please?

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    1. skd says:

      Chinese salt is Ajinimoto or Monosodium glutamate. It is commonly added to all Chinese dishes for its distinct taste. However it should be very restrictively used.

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      1. Mr Fitz says:

        Ahh msg!! Yeah I try avoid it!

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  12. skd you daughter is so talented. I love the way she was able to show reflection in the windows. You are so talented in the kitchen my friend. I just love this recipe. Rice is the perfect ingredient to be remade. I often make extra just for that reason. It also freezes well. I never use turmeric but need to change my ways. Saving this recipe!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words Julie. You made my day. I just read out your message to her. She is so happy and asking me to thank you and send you her love and hugs ❤
      Turmeric is a staple in my kitchen because of its innumerable health benefits. Do try the recipe. You will love it.

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      1. Tell your daughter that I had an art store and taught paining for over 10 years. She is talented! I will be trying this recipe too.

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      2. skd says:

        Wow! She is so excited to take a compliment from an art connoisseur and teacher like you. Thank you so much Julie ☺

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  13. fazal says:

    Lovely recipe and master drawing
    Mother and daughter excelling each other
    Kudos to both

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much. Hugs from your grand daughter ❤

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  14. Looks like a great flavorful dish:-)

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Vidhya ☺

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  15. That’s why I take turmeric capsules every day 🙂 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Wow! I didn’t know about them.

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      1. They’re good, a great way to get lots of turmeric into your system 🙂

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      2. skd says:

        I try to sneak in a pinch of turmeric in most of the dishes i cook. Some goes into my daughter’s glass of milk which she turns up her nose to. The capsule idea sounds wonderful.

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      3. I cook with it a lot too, but this way I know I’m getting enough every day

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  16. sarahgiebens says:

    I love rice! This easy rice dish sounds so good! Yumm 🙂
    Your daughter made a really good sketch 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Sarah ☺

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  17. Kaila says:

    I love how you gave us such an in-depth background on the dish and tumeric. Not only does your dish look delicious , but now I can describe its components.

    Thank you so much for bringing these to the fiesta this week! Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend!! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Kaila.I really love to learn a bit of history behind the food I eat. It makes the whole experience a bit more exciting for me. Happy FF to you too 👍

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you ☺

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  18. Shari says:

    This must be so flavorful with all of the spices you used! I didn’t realize turmeric was a super food. I am going to have to try it. Your daughter is a good artist!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Shari. Hugs from both of us 💕

      Like

  19. captainwoods says:

    The spice combo looks great. I would like to try this without meat. As a vegetarian, I always am looking for alternatives to animal flesh. Have you got a suggestion for a meatless version of this dish? Thanks! – Wendy (dietforatinyhouse.com)

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and liking it. I think you can try soya granules, cottage cheese or cauliflower florets. I have not tried them but I think it should work fine. Soya is a vegetarians meat and a wonderful substitute. Please do let me know if you try👍

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  20. mattmusk says:

    Looks fantastic! Without a doubt I’ll be making this. Thank you for sharing and stopping by my blog. I appreciate it. I’ve enjoyed yours as well.

    FYI…the sketch is tremendous too.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much. Your kind words made my day. I had a nice time browsing your blog. Would love to visit again and read all the posts in leisure.

      Liked by 1 person

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