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Bhunna means to fry on high flame so when mince meat is fried with spices on high flame, the result is bhunna qeema / keema / kheema. It is a most common mince meat dish cooked in every Pakistani home.

It is also great as picnic food; ideal for canning food on travel and stays good on room temperature for several hours.

This is soul survival food that is very adaptive and can  be added in pies, mince lasagna, rolls, sandwiches, samosa, filling, Bohra lasanyo or aloo pities. Plus it is super easy and simple to cook. Best tasting bhunna qeema is made with 20% fat beef mince. However, for healthy option you may take low fat, mutton leg mince.(That’s what I used.)

The trick is to fry and fry mince until you see a golden brown ting in qeema and oil separates profusely. This is like searing  and is called bhuna ( bhun-na) in Urdu.  Serve it with nan, chapti or roti, raita and some fresh kachumbar salad.

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How to make  Pakistani bhuna keema recipe

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Pakistani bhuna Mutton Keema recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Some keema and hot chapati can make  a hearty lunch.

Servings: 4
Calories: 650 kcal
Author: Recipe 52
  • 500 gm mince beef / mutton keema
  • ½ cup oil ,(see notes 2)
  • 250 gm onion or 2 cup sliced onion
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon whole cumin (sabut zeera)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon coriander seeds (sabut dhanya)
  • ½ tablespoon chilli flakes (kooti lal mirch)
  • 4 cloves (laung)
  • 8-10 black pepper (kali mirch)
  • ½ inch cinnamon stick (dal cheeni)
  • 1 whole black cardamom (bari elaichi)
  • 1 tablespoon green chili paste
  • ½ tablespoon garlic paste
  • ½ tablespoon ginger paste
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup yogurt (dahi), whipped
  • 2 tablespoon butter ,optional
  • 3-4 jalapeno peppers (darmiyani hari mirch), thick slices
  • 2 inch ginger (adrak), julienne
  • ¼ cup fresh Coriander (hara dhanya), chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder ,freshly grounded
  1. Wash mince meat and put in a strainer to drain excess water, set aside

  2. Dry roast cumin and coriander seed together in a pan. Let it get cool, then make powder of it.
  3. Fry the onions in oil until golden brown.

  4. On medium heat add coriander and cumin powder, clove, cinnamon, cardamom , black pepper, red chili flakes, ginger paste, green chili paste and garlic paste. Fry for few seconds.

  5. Add chopped tomatoes and salt, mix well and cover. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Next, add mince meat, mix well and cover again. Cook for 12 minutes on medium heat.

  7. Add whipped yogurt and lemon juice. Burn the excess water.
  8. Add butter and fry (bhunna) qeema on medium high flame, until oil separates.

  9. Add pepper powder, sliced jalapeno, fresh coriander and ginger slices for garnish.
Recipe Notes

If making kheema for picnic or travel or canning, add more oil while cooking.

You can always remove extra layer of oil from top after heating but the oil layer on top protects food from spoiling.

You may add less or more oil as per your taste. With some left over keema you can make tasty Bohra Lasanyo breakfast.

Pakistani bhuna keema recipe | Pictorial

Dry roast cumin and coriander. Let it cool in separate plate then make powder of it.

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bhunna mutton keema recipe

Fry onions in oil on medium low flame until golden brown.

When onion are golden and crispy, add all spices on low flame. Stir well for few second.

Add tomatoes and salt, stir well, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add mince meat, stir well.

Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Add yogurt and lemon.

Add butter and fry (bhunna) qeema on medium high flame, until oil separates.

Pakistani Bhunna Mutton Keema

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  1. Savio Francis Dsouza

    Love the yummy and delicious keema recipe. Will surely prepare it soon. Wow recipe.
    You can apply a generous amount of keema on a slice of bread, put a slice of bread on it. Put a drop of oil in a frying pan, place the keema sandwich in the pan. Cover with a aluminum lid having a knob. Press the lid gently on the sandwich for two minutes, turn over to brown the other side. Repeat with the other slices. This is my pan fried version of grilled sandwich.

    • Recipe 52

      Thanks a lot for lovely feedback. I love your grilled sandwich recipe. So sweet of you to share it. 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    Made it , really awesome.

  3. Umm-e-Aimen Taaha

    Loved it…

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