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serving bowl with chicken kheema , garnished with cilantro and red onions. Toasted roll on the side.
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Kheema Pav - Instant Pot

Kheema Pav - A popular street food in India, Kheema Pav is a tantalizing curry dish made with minced chicken or lamb cooked with onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and earthy spices!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Kheema
Servings: 4
Calories: 223kcal


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garlic grated
  • 1 tablespoon ginger grated
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander We lightly toasted the coriander seeds and then ground them
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped for garnish
  • To serve:
  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee
  • 8 potato rolls


  • Turn Instant Pot to sauté(more) mode and heat oil. Add cumin seeds and toast them for 30 seconds. Add turmeric powder and mix well. Add ginger and garlic, mix well.
  • Add onion and sauté for a minute. Cook covered for 2 minutes with a glass lid on.
  • Add tomatoes, red chili powder, garam masala, salt and ground coriander . Mix well.
  • Add ground chicken and breaking it with a spatula. Add 1/2 cup of water (You can add 2 tablespoons of water for a thicker curry, but I like the extra gravy to dip the bread).
  • Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual/Pressure Cook (Hi) for 4 mins followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with potato rolls or burger buns lightly toasted with some ghee on a griddle.



  • Add 1/2 cup of green peas to the curry just before pressure cooking. 
  • Add a peeled and diced potato and sauté it with the onions. This will give more thickness to the curry.
  • Add 1-2 spicy green chilies or one diced jalapeño for spicier kheema.
  • Substitute ground chicken with ground lamb, turkey or beef and follow the same recipe.
  • Serve as a chili topped with diced red onions, jalapeños, corn, cilantro and a squeeze of lime for a gluten-free option. 


  • When buying the rolls or buns to be served with Kheema, check the Sugar contents on the pack. As long as sugar is 2% or less the bread does not taste overly sweet and works well with Indian curries.



Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 671mg | Potassium: 766mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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