Since my son has been home from school for the summer and heads back in a few days, I am trying to prepare foods that he enjoys before he has to start cooking for himself. His preferences are simple and center around meat and pasta. As long as something appears on his plate when he is hungry, he will be happy. Fortunately for me his flexibility has allowed me to use him as a test subject this summer. He doesn’t offer as much analysis of the flavors or texture of the food but I can judge a hit or miss based on the speed with which he devours it.
I wanted to make a simple and quick dish that was loaded with flavor that could be served with any kind of vegetables and a salad. With a pound of hamburger I decided to get to work. I diced a few vegetables and created a very simple spice mix that included garam masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric and chile powder and cooked it all in one pot. A short time later I had Spiced Kheema with Vegetables ready for dinner. I served it with sautéed green beans and chapatis.
For my friends who do not care for spicy hot dishes, the kheema recipe that is posted on my website is for you. I wanted to create a mild recipe for everyone to enjoy that is full of flavor but would not send some people running for a glass of buttermilk to cool the heat. This Spiced Kheema with Vegetables recipe can be made hotter buy doubling the red chile powder and increasing the green chiles to 3 or 4. Personally, I enjoy it both ways. This is a very versatile recipe.