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Slow Cooker Beef Keema Curry

Keema is usually made with either minced lamb or beef. It is an Indian dish that reminds me of a cross between Bolognese and Chilli – it’s kind of like a curried stew. It’s the perfect meal to make in a slow cooker because you literally chuck it all in the slow cooker pot and leave it to slow cook for pretty much the whole day.


What Spices Are Used In Beef Keema?

Usually a mix of spices that can include garam masala, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, chilli. I used the following combination;

  • 1tbsp garam masala
  • 2tsp turmeric
  • 2tsp coriander
  • 1tsp ginger

spices for beef keema

I find it easiest to mix the spices in with the chopped tomatoes before adding them all to the slow cooker with the mince.

I then added 1 red chilli, chopped up, as well as some chopped onions and sliced garlic cloves. A few chopped potatoes added in turn this slow cooker recipe into a more substantial all in one pot meal. I used new potatoes sliced in half, but you can use any kind of potato, just chop them up and stir them in (sweet potato would also be a great alternative!)

beef keema in slow cooker

Once everything is nicely stirred together pop the lid on and leave it to cook on low for around 8 hours, depending on your day. A little longer will do it no harm. If you are adding in some frozen peas or spinach leaves add these in the last half an hour before you are ready to eat. When you add the peas/spinach, if it looks like it needs to be a little thicker just leave the lid off.

adding peas to beef keema

Usually Keema is served with Indian naan bread, but we just used pitta bread (because that’s all we had!)

As always, if you have any questions or feedback I would love to hear from you – either in the comments or via email.

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beef keema

Slow Cooker Beef Keema

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Beef Keema is the ideal Indian curry to make in a slow cooker. It's simple to prepare and can be left to do it's thing all day long. Serve with naan or pitta bread.


  • 750g minced beef
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • salt and pepper to season (optional)
  • 2 large potatoes, chopped
  • 200 g frozen green peas


  1. Mix spices and chopped tomatoes together.
  2. Apart from the frozen peas, add everything to the slow cooker pot and stir well to mix together.
  3. Set off on low for 8 hours (can be left longer)
  4. 30 minutes before the end stir in the frozen peas (and/or spinach leaves if you are using).


Swap minced beef for minced lamb if you wish.

Use new potatoes, sweet potatoes or any kind of potato you prefer!

Leave lid off for final 30 minutes to thicken up if required.

Serve with naan bread or pitta pockets.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 881Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 761mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 9gSugar: 10gProtein: 68g

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Hayley Cranswick

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Hi there. Just wondering if you brown the mince first or just put it in raw? Thanks


Wednesday 10th of November 2021

@Hayley Cranswick, i brown my mince first same if i do chicken in slow cooker brown it off xx


Saturday 25th of January 2020

Love the keema curry. Made it so many times. Have bought your soup maker and pressure cooker books. Is there a slow cooker recipe book i could buy?

Liana Green

Monday 27th of January 2020

Hi Julie - thanks for your comment :) I'm still working on the slow cooker recipe book - I'll let you know when it is published :)

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