Keema Shimla Mirch

Keema Shimla Mirch


Meaning ground chicken with bell peppers; a weeknight staple in many Pakistani households. Pad this out with rice for the whole family to enjoy.


Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 450g ground lean chicken
  • 1 tsp. root ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 green chilies, stems removed, chopped
  • ¾ tsp. garam masala
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. cilantro, chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a medium pot over a medium/high heat. Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Next, add the ground chicken, ginger, garlic and salt, and cook on high, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated and chicken starts to brown, roughly 7-10 minutes.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and add the cumin seeds, cayenne pepper, ground coriander and turmeric. Add tomatoes and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the bell pepper and green chilis, and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes. Finally add the garam masala, lemon juice and chopped cilantro, and serve immediately.


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