Keema Rice

This Keema Rice is a delicious One Pot Dish made up of spiced minced meat and long grain basmati rice that is cooked in home made stock.

My Version consists of a few layers inspired by the Arabic Dish ” Maqlouba”

“MAQLOUBA” literally means upside down rice.This rice dish is cooked to perfection and then flipped before serving.There are many versions I have previously tried.Recipes will be posted soon.

Keep scrolling to see how I make my “Keema Rice”

Let’s Get Started

You Will Need

  • Keema Filling
  • Home Made Stock
  • Long Grain Rice and Vermicelli
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Deep Fried Potato Slices
  • Deep Fried Aubergines

Keema Filling


Minced Meat 1 kg marinated with spices : salt, pepper,kahmir chilli powder, home made roasted curry powder(refer image for more details), turmeric,

  • Ghee and Oil
  • 2 Sliced B Onions
  • Curry Leaves
  • Ginger and Garlic Paste
  • 4 Fresh Tomatoes finely chopped or blended
  • Tamarind
  • Lime Juice of one large lime
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Sliced green chillies
  • 3 Capsicums sliced
  • Fried Onions
  • Fresh Coriander and Mint Leaves

Follow Image For Steps On How To Make The Keema

Step One : Heat some ghee and oil in a pan.Let the onions get nice and golden.curry leaves

Step Two : Add in ginger and garlic paste.

Step Three : Add chopped tomatoes

Step Four : Add tamarind, lime juice, coconut aminos and mix well.

Step Five : Add a splash of water if you feel its getting too dry but not too much because when you add in the minced meat, it sweats out a lot of liquid flavours.If you’re adding veges add them at this point.I added some carrot cubes, and peas.You could add potatoes, corn,etc

Step Six : Add in sliced green chillies for heat.Avoid if you don’t like it too spicy.

Step Seven : Mix all the spices with the minced meat.

Step Eight : Add in minced meat and mix well.Keep breaking it using the back of the spoon to avoid clumping.

Step Nine : Add in sliced capsicums.Finally add Fresh coriander and mint leaves, fried onions.Check for salt and spices.Adjust accordingly.Keema is ready!!!!

This can be had on its own with some rotti!!! Today we used it for a Rice Dish!!

Rice And Vermicelli

For One kg Meat I use 1 kg Long Grain Rice and 1/2 cup vermicelli

In my previous post I have shown how to cook rice and vermicelli but today we are cooking the rice and vermicelli with these layers.So we will sauté them in ghee and oil and set aside for the layering.Refer to previous post to see more details…


No Waste Stock

Other ingredients are vegetables of choice

Sliced Fresh Tomatoes

Deep Fried Potato Slices

Deep Fried Aubergine Slices

Deep Fried Cauliflower Florets

Fried Onions,Fresh Coriander and Mint Leaves,Roasted Nuts,Sultanas For Garnish

Time To Assemble The Rice Dish

Follow The Image below For Step By Step Reference

Step One : Use the pan that you’re gonna cook the rice in.Works well in my instant pot as well.Layer with sliced tomatoes

Step Two : Fried Aubergines

Step Three : Sliced deep-fried Potatoes

Step Four : Keema Filling.Fresh coriander and mint leaves, fried onions and roasted nuts or sultanas

Step Five : Rice and Vermicelli that was roasted in ghee

Step Six : Pour Stock enough to cook this rice.Add water if not enough stock.

Step Seven : Let it come to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook till the rice is done.(20-30 minutes)

Final Step : Once rice is cooked let it sit covered for about 10 minutes.This helps to fluff it up abit!!!

Time to flip and Serve!!!

Serve Warm with freshly sliced tomatoes ?????

Garnish with fresh coriander and mint leaves, roasted nuts and fried onions

This is a delicious meal by itself..Amazing flavours and textures all in one!!

Watch out for the next few recipes of my different versions of the Maqlouba Dish

Check my instagram post for videos on this keema rice

Would love to see your remakes on this

Much Love Nuzrath ?