Methi Keema (Mutton Mince Fenugreek Leaves Curry)

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Methi Keema is a spicy curry made using mutton (goat meat) mince and fresh fenugreek leaves. It goes perfectly with Laccha Paratha or Naan. Here is how to make it in a pressure cooker and instant pot.

Here are some more mutton recipes that you may like: Mutton Biryani, Mutton Kulambu, Mutton Rara, Punjabi Mutton Curry, and Bhuna Gosht.

Methi Keema served in a bowl.
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About Methi Keema

Methi is fenugreek leaves and keema is mutton (goat meat) mince in Hindi, so methi keema is mutton mince cooked with fresh fenugreek leaves.

Methi Keema is my dad’s signature dish, which reminds me of my childhood. My dad is a cooking enthusiast, leaving no occasion to show off his fine culinary skills. While growing up, weekends used to be high on the nonveg fare, and he always came up with new recipes most of the time.

During the winters, when fresh fenugreek was abundant, this keema methi would definitely show up on the menu at least once a year, and the soft, flaky parathas made by mom or house help were the perfect accompaniment.

Basking in the winter sun with tables and chairs drawn out in the verandah and lunch served as we soaked every bit of the sunshine, slurping the curry laden with flavorful spices, the memories are etched in my heart, and I am so thankful for such lovely moments which will forever stay with me.

Ingredients

Keema – I used goat’s mutton mince, but you can use lamb mince, too.

You can also make this curry with chicken keema. However, chicken takes less time to cook than mutton.

Methi (Fenugreek Leaves) – Use fresh methi leaves to make the curry. You can clean, chop, and store the methi leaves beforehand so that they are handy while cooking this recipe.

Oil – Use mustard oil to make methi keema. It adds a distinct taste that no other oil would do. But if you don’t have mustard oil, you can cook the curry in ghee or any cooking oil.

Whole Spices – This recipe will use some whole spices, such as black cardamoms (badi elaichi), green cardamoms (hari elaichi), and cinnamon (dalchini), which, when infused in oil, add an aromatic flavor to the dish.

Spice Powders – To enhance the flavor further, you will need some spice powders such as turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, salt, and garam masala powder.

I use Kashmiri red chili powder instead of regular chili powder, as it adds a fantastic color without making the dish too spicy.

Yogurt(Dahi, Curd) adds a nice creamy texture to the keema curry.

Others – You will also need onions, garlic, ginger, freshly squeezed lime juice, and green chilies. Adjust the green chilies to your taste and preference.

How To Make Methi Keema

Preparation

Start by preparing the methi leaves. Discard the thick stems and wash approximately (150 g) of leaves with water 2-3 times to remove any mud. Drain the leaves well and then chop them finely. You will need 2 cups of chopped methi leaves.

If your keema is from a local butcher, wash it in a fine strainer and drain it nicely. If using the packaged keema, then skip this step.

Chop the onions, slit the green chilies, and crush the whole spices.

Whisk ¼ cup plain yogurt using a wire whisk until smooth.

Gather the remaining ingredients.

Make Methi Keema

Heat ¼ cup mustard oil in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat.

When the oil is hot, add the following whole spices and fry for 20 seconds. You can crush all the spices lightly to maximize flavor.

  • 2 whole black cardamoms
  • 2 whole green cardamoms
  • 1-inch piece of whole cinnamon stick
Whole spices to hot oil in a pressure cooker.

Add 1 cup chopped onions and fry till they turn pinkish (5-6 minutes), stirring at regular intervals.

Onions added to the cooker.

Add 2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste and fry till onions turn golden brown (8-10 minutes).

Ginger garlic paste added to the cooker.

Now add 1 pound (500 g) goat mutton keema and 2 slit green chilies and fry on high heat for 4-5 minutes.

Mutton keema and green chilies added to the cooker.

Add the following ingredients and cook for a minute.

  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 teaspoon salt
Spice powders added to the cooker.

Add ¼ cup yogurt and cook for another minute.

Yogurt added to the cooker.

Now add ½ cup water and pressure cook for 1 whistle on high heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes.

Water added to the cooker.
Lid of the cooker closed.

Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let the pressure release naturally.

Once the pressure is released, remove the lid of the cooker. Add 2 cups of chopped fresh methi leaves and 2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice, and cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes.

Adjust the salt and add more water if the curry is thick.

Methi and lime juice added to the cooker.

Serve hot with Laccha Paratha or Naan

Ready methi keema.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make instant pot keema methi?

To make this curry in an instant pot, press SAUTE and follow the steps until adding yogurt and water. Now close the lid of the instant pot and press PRESSURE COOK. Set the timer to 10 minutes on high pressure. Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure manually and open the lid. Add chopped methi leaves and lime juice. Press SAUTE and cook for 4-5 minutes. Serve.

Can I use kasuri methi instead of fresh methi to make methi keema?

Soak the Kasuri methi in water for 15 minutes. Then squeeze and use. The taste will change slightly, though.

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Methi Keema is a spicy curry made using mutton mince and fresh fenugreek leaves. It goes perfectly with Laccha Paratha or Naan. Here is how to make it.
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Methi Keema Recipe (Mutton Mince Fenugreek Leaves Curry)

Methi Keema is a spicy curry made using Mutton mince and fresh fenugreek leaves. It goes perfectly with Laccha Paratha or Naan. Here is how to make it.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup mustard oil (or any other cooking oil.)
  • 2 whole black cardamoms (badi elaichi) (lightly crushed)
  • 2 whole green cardamoms (hari elaichi) (lightly crushed)
  • 1 inch piece of cinnamon stick (dalchini) (lightly crushed)
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chilies (slit into half, adjust as per your tatse)
  • 500 grams goat mutton keema
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt (dahi, curd) (whisked)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups chopped fresh methi (fenugreek leaves) (rinsed)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
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Instructions 

  • Heat mustard oil in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat.
  • When the oil is hot, add black cardamoms, green cardamoms, and cinnamon stick and fry for 20 seconds. 
  • Add onions and fry till they turn pinkish in color (5-6 minutes). Keep stirring at regular intervals.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and fry till onions turn golden brown (8-10 minutes).
  • Now add mutton keema and green chilies and fry on high heat for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala powder, and salt and cook for a minute.
  • Add yogurt and cook for another minute.
  • Now add ½ cup water and pressure cook for 1 whistle on high heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let the pressure release naturally. Once the pressure is released, remove the lid of the cooker and add methi leaves and lime juice and cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Adjust the salt and add some more water if the curry is very thick.
  • Serve hot with Laccha Paratha or Naan.

Video

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Notes

You can replace methi with chopped spinach in this recipe.
Make this curry in a pan if you don’t have a pressure cooker. Add more water and cook the keema for 30-40 minutes on low heat.

Nutrition

Calories: 535kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 19g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 91mg, Sodium: 1349mg, Potassium: 453mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 318IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 523mg, Iron: 5mg
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    1. Soak the Kasuri methi in water for 15 minutes. then squeeze and use. There will be a slight change in taste though.

  1. This looks so flavoursome and delicious. Fenugreek is something that I don’t cook with often and you definitely have inspired me to get my hands on some to use now.