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Kheema curry served with buttery buns, diced onions and lemon
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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
Servings: 4
Calories: 223kcal



  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee
  • 8 dinner rolls


  • Turn Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat oil. Add cumin seeds and toast them for 30 seconds.
  • Add turmeric powder, ginger, garlic, onions, and mix well. 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 break it with a spatula. Turn the saute mode off. Add water and give a quick stir.
  • Quickly close the Instant Pot before the liquids start to evaporate. Turn the pressure valve to sealing. Pressure Cook on for 4 minutes followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with dinner rolls or burger buns lightly toasted with some ghee on a griddle.



  1. More Veggies - Add half a cup of green peas to the curry just before pressure cooking. Or add a peeled and diced potato and sauté it with the onions, this will also add thickness to the curry.
  2. Like it Spicy - Add 1 or 2 spicy green chilies or diced jalapeño
  3. Other ground meats - substitute ground chicken with ground lamb, turkey, or beef and follow the same recipe.
  4. Thicker curry - add only half of the water before pressure cooking. Alternatively, after the curry is pressure-cooked, cook it on saute mode stirring frequently, and reduce the liquids
  5. Pav - 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.
  6. Serving ideas - Serve the Kheema with dinner rolls or buns lightly toasted on a griddle with ghee. Serve with warm pillowy naan, hot parathas, or soft roti. For a gluten-free meal, you can also serve the keema with jeera rice, steamed basmati rice, or cauliflower rice. Serve as a chili topped with diced red onions, jalapeños, corn, cilantro, a squeeze of lime, and a side of jalapeno cornbread for a hearty meal.



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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