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 Cheats Keema Rice

I confess I do not like my curry dishes to hot with chilli as it make my eyes water and my head perspire. No its not funny and I haven’t  much hair on top so it makes for a little shimmering water fountain which trust me is not attractive when your eating out with friends. Strangely though the spice I use to make my cheats keema rice has little effect on me. The chilli loving friends however find it hot so it becomes my turn to giggle inwards at their flushed faces and hurried beer drinking to quench the heat.

Keema is a traditional meat dish from Indian. The word keema is probably borrowed from the Turkish language meaning minced meat. Usually mutton or Lamb. (source=wiki)

Easy Keema Rice

After looking at a few keema rice recipes I was a little overwhelmed as to some of the lengths they go to to get this quick easy dish to the table. I conjured up this cheats keema rice recipe at the 11th hour when friends decided on a surprise visit one weekend so I had to make things stretch a little further and use what I had in the kitchen cupboards. All it takes is 4 ingredients and less than 10 minutes actual  cooking time. You can add extra ingredients if you so do desire to bulk out the meat.

cheats keema rice

Cheats Keema Rice

 Cheats Keema Rice I confess I do not like my curry dishes to hot with chilli as it make my eyes water and my head perspire. No its not funny… Indian Indian Rice, indian, rice dish, keema rice Indian Print This
Serves: 2 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 Calories estimated 20 grams Fat estimated
Rating: 3.8/5
( 6 voted )


  • 1 Packet of Microwave rice (plain)
  • 2 tsp of Cayene pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp turmeric (optional)
  • 200g mince meat
  • 1 onion (optional)
  • salt & pepper


cheats keema rice If you are using an onion dice and gently fry until translucent, season Add the mince and spice fry until the meat is browned off Meanwhile microwave the rice as per packet instructions Once the rice is cooked pour out into a bowl and separate the grains with a fork Add rice to browned  mince ensuring every grain is covered with the flavoured oil Serve as a side dish


You can prepare the rice earlier in the day and once it has cooled then it will be easier to fluff the rice For another flavour and a vibrant colour add frozen peas

If I make to much of the cheats keema mince then it can be used to enhance any other part of your Indian feast.  Some  great ways to use up the mince meat is to make your own naan bread and stuff the cold meat inside before cooking the naan. You could also add some wilted spinach (or Peas, small diced cooked potatoes) to the mixture and then wrap in filo triangles for tasty easy starters. Instructions below

cheats keema rice

Cheats Keema Rice Samosas

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). Taking one sheet of filo pastry at a time (keeping the other sheet covered to prevent it from drying out). Cut the pastry  widthways into 6 strips, each 30 cm (12 in) long. Brush them with a little of the oil.
  2. Lay one of the pastry strips lengthways in front of you and put a rounded tbsp of the filling in the middle of the end nearest to you. Pick up one end corner and fold it diagonally over the filling to make a triangular shape, flattening the filling slightly. Continue folding the strip over in a triangular shape until you come almost to the end. Trim off excess pastry from the end. Repeat with the remaining filo pastry and filling to make 12 triangles in all.
  3. Place the filo triangles on a non-stick baking sheet, brush the tops with the remaining oil and scatter over the crushed coriander seeds. Bake for 10–15 minutes or until golden.

Cheats Keema Rice

The added benefit of this recipe is the superfood qualities of the spices, cayenne pepper and turmeric.

Medicinal Claims 

Cayenne pepper consumption dilates the blood vessels and speeds the metabolism due to the high amounts of capsaicin. With the consumption of cayenne peppers, the amount of heat the human body puts off is influenced. In animal studies, capsaicin has the ability to boost metabolism, which in turn causes weight loss. This increases circulation and blood flow to all major organs, facilitating oxygen and nutrient delivery. Capsaicin may support a healthy energy balance while suppressing appetite.[38] Capsaicin has been shown to increase energy expenditure, so acts as a metabolism booster and is beneficial in long-term  weight loss.[39] A correlation has been shown between substrate oxidation and capsaicin. Capsaicin treatment sustained fat oxidation during weight maintenance, but did not affect weight regain after modest weight loss.[ Wiki

If you have any quick curry dishes to accompany this cheats Keema rice please share so we can feature that dish to.

Authentic Keema Rice

If you are looking for a more authentic keema rice then you will need a full selection of spices. Not only that you will need a little more time to let the flavours develop some more. The spices you will need are coriander seeds, cumin seeds, chilli powder, turmeric  and crushed garlic. You will also need some  Kasuri Methi (fenugreek leaves) and tomatoes for the full authentic keema recipe.

If you would like the full recipe go to My tamarind Kitchen .

Keema Naan Bread

Try making you own homemade curry, start with the basic curry sauce. Then you can make the naan bread and when you have mastered that you can stuff the naan with your keema mix. Its so simple to make keema naan, just follow the basic naan bread instructions but roll out the dough thiner as you are going to double wrap. Once the dough is rolled add a spoonful of the keema mix to the dough and spread it out thinly. You don’t want to much mixture in the naan bread as it will make it to wet. Fold over the dough enclosing the keema mixture.Make sure the dough is sealed al the way around so the keema doesn’t leak during cooking.

one dish you must try if you like your curries mild is a aubergine and sweet potato curry

aubergine curry perfect with keema rice

What Ingredients Do You Need For Keema rice

1 Packet of Microwave rice (plain)
2 tsp of Cayene pepper (or to taste)
1 tsp turmeric (optional)
200g mince meat
1 onion (optional)
salt & pepper

How long does it take to cook cheats keema rice

It can be cooked in about 5 minutes especially if your using microwave rice

What type of rice is used for Keema rice

ideally the long grain white rice is used in keema rice

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A Classic Moussaka Recipe

Classic Greek Moussaka Recipe


Perhaps we have been there once or even seen the film Shirley Valentine ( I know showing my age now) and wanted to taste a piece of Greece. The classic dish of course has to be a Classic Greek Moussaka Recipe. There are many regional variations  lovingly prepared with lamb mince, herbs and spices a rich tomato  sauce with aubergine and potatoes layered and topped with a tangy yogurt feta and egg crusty top baked in the oven.

Layering The Moussaka

Wait is it, where do the layers of sauce go, potatoes at the top or do they go at the bottom ? is there even supposed to be aubergine in there and what mix of herbs and  spices does one use,   ???? Rosemary Oregano, Mint,  I have one  Classic Moussaka Recipe that my good wife uses and I dare not deviate from. I apparently  I ruin many a good dish by fiddling with the ingredients.  How are you supposed to get better than the wife’s recipe!

The best recipe is down at the bottom, no real shortcuts unless you make it the day before you need it. Then the flavours will be outstanding and to die for  Trust Me ! This Classic Moussaka will make enough for around 12 people, I make 1 to eat now which can serve between 2 to 3 adults. Furthermore  the rest of the mixture I place into 3 oven proof dishes and freeze. However without the yogurt and feta topping. So that can be made and added on the day you take it out of the freezer.

I have added a few more classic Greek moussaka recipes so you can decide which one is best

Classic Greek Moussaka

Not sure if this one can be classed as A Classic Greek  Moussaka Recipe as this Huffington post version has Parmesan cheese in the topping. That classical Greek cheese !!! I think NOT, it has to be feta the classic Greek cheese. So come on Huff  a little better please.

Moussaka Recipe | How to Make Moussaka Like a Greek – Huffington Post Moussaka is a scrumptious signature Greek dish that brings the flavours and traditions of the Mediterranean to your plate. With crispy strips of eggplant mixed with layers of soft, rosemary infused potato, smothered with rich lamb sauce and creamy …

Classic Greek Moussaka Recipe


Classic Moussaka Recipe

The Independant, now this is getting more like a  Classic Greek Moussaka Recipe. However one is not to sure about the addition of courgette in there and the top wheres the cheese.   OMG !

How to make The Real Greek’s lamb moussaka – The Independent How to make The Real Greek’s lamb moussaka. One of Greece’s most classic dishes is hearty and rich, with this recipe. Using plenty of aubergine, courgettes and cinnamon as well as the traditional minced lamb, red wine and herbs. Tonia Buxton; 11 days …

moussaka recipe


A Classic Moussaka Recipe

Now this looks nearly the business, it does say quick and easy but its not that quick.  Taking  longer means the flavours should develop better and give a greater depth of taste so.

Quick and easy, make-ahead moussaka – Hamilton Spectator. She had been cooking meals for the new parents, and collapsed into her chair saying she hadn’t finished making a moussaka before she had to leave. “You,” she said, “could do the world a big service by coming up with a quick and easy moussaka.”.

moussaka recipe


Classic Greek Moussaka Recipe

Not sure if this one can be classed as A Classic Moussaka Recipe, seriously 5 minutes in a mug, our recipe takes about at least an hour on the stove and then about 50 minutes in the oven to develop and mature the flavours, its even better the next day so seriously I wont be attempting this one

How to cook the perfect Moussaka in a mug in FIVE minutes – Mirror.co.uk To celebrate the launch of his book Theo has created a exclusive video showing Mirror Online viewers how to cook his Towering Moussaka. When he appeared on This Morning with his range of dishes hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield.

A Classic Moussaka Recipe

A Classic Moussaka Recipe

Classic Greek Moussaka Recipe   Perhaps we have been there once or even seen the film Shirley Valentine ( I know showing my age now) and wanted to taste a… Greek Classic Greek Moussaka Recipe European Print This
Serves: 12 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 Calories estimated 20 grams Fat estimated
Rating: 4.3/5
( 3 voted )


  • 1kg of minced lamb
  • 2 large aubergines
  • 2 large onions
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 2 tins of tomatoes
  • 2 tbs of tomato puree
  • 200 / 250 ml of red wine
  • 250 ml of lamb stock
  • 4 tbs of oregano
  • 4 tbs of mint
  • 4 tbs cinnamon
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 pack feta cheese
  • 250 ml natural yogurt
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter (knob)
  • Salt & Pepper


Chop and dice the onion and fry in a large pan with the olive oil and butter, season until nearly translucent Slice the aubergine (1/2 centimeter thick) brush with olive oil and grill until just turning golden brown on both sides Peel and slice the potatoes, again 1/2 cm thick, cook in salted boiling water until nearly cooked Set the potatoes to onside drained and allowed to cool along with the grilled aubergine Add the minced lamb to the large pan with the onions along with the mint, cinnamon, oregano and garlic Cook the mince until all the meat has browned, this could be 10 to 15 minutes Taste the minced lamb for seasoning, and at this point if it needs any more just add what you desire the most. Now add the tomatoes, lamb stock, sugar and the tomato puree then turn the heat down and allow to gently simmer for around 50 minutes, Now layer the ingredients in a large oven proof dish starting with the lamb mixture, I usually put a around 1 1/2 cm but it depends on the depth of your dish. Then add your aubergines just 1 layer will do and then top with your cooled potatoes. Now crumble about 200g of the feta cheese and add to the natural yogurt and pour on top Smooth of the mixture a little and bake for 50 mins at 200 C until golden brown The liquid needs to reduce by about a 3rd to intensify all the flavors  


This mixture will easily make 12 servings, make 1 to serve and freeze 3 portions without the feta and yogurt topping

What is Greek Moussaka

It is a regional Greek dish made from minced lamb, aubergine and potatoes

What Herbs and spices are used in Moussaka

The spice is cinnamon and the herbs are oregano and mint

Can you make Moussaka without potatoes

Yes you can, although I have never had it without potatoes. Friends have said that they have never had it with potatoes. So this does show that the traditional Moussaka recipe has regional differences

Can you freeze Moussaka

Yes you can freeze moussaka, just freeze it without the feta and yogurt top

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