I always seem to favour spicy.

I have realised that a lot of the foods I go to are spiced or are spicy. The strong flavours must play a part but I think the real reason is a little more straight forward.

These types of recipes are much easier to make healthily and use a smaller amount of pans.

I have decided a simple life is the real answer. This recipe is no exception.

Kheema with Broccoli Rice

This simple curry also offers great choices for using the left overs so do not worry about making too much. However, whilst I had hoped to have left overs to make things like Samosas, it all got eaten.


  • 1 large onion finely chopped.
  • 1 green chilli chopped finely (remove the seeds if you want to tone it down a bit and add an extra chilli if you want more fire)
  • 450g mince beef (other meats or quorn mince can be used as well)
  • 250ml passata
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp black onion seeds
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 150g frozen peas
  • A handful of coriander, chopped


  1. Heat a wok or sauce pan that has been sprayed with 1 calorie oil.
  2. Add the onions, chilli, mustard seeds, black onions seeds and curry leaves and cook until the onions have softened. Add water if need to keep them from burning.
  3. Add the turmeric, curry powder, ground ginger and garlic and cook for another two minutes. Again add water to keep from sticking.
  4. Add the beef, working it so that you break it up. Once it is all well mixed and the beef is broken up add the passata, turn down the heat and cook for twenty minutes.
  5. Add the frozen peas and cook for another five minutes . It needs to have no spare sauce but still be moist.
  6. Mix in the coriander and serve with broccoli rice (regular rice if you prefer). Broccoli rice is generally cooked in the microwave and is quicker to cook than regular rice.

I prefer broccoli rice to cauliflower rice as it has more bite and flavour. You can buy it or make your own in a food processor as it is just well blitzed broccoli. Don’t treat it as a poor relative to regular rice as it is a tasty alternative in its own right.

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