Pakistani Kima (Beef or Venison Curry)

I promised you lots of ground deer/beef recipes so here’s my first to kick things off!

Nick’s first deer filled up our freezer, yielding about 12 steaks and maybe 30ish lbs of ground meat. That’s a lot of meat.

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I’m no newbie to cooking with game meat. There is definitely some difference in taste, though I’m pretty used to the flavors now. Still, when I cook with ground deer (or moose), I like to make things with lots of spices (like chili) so that the average dinner guest would never guess they weren’t eating beef.

When I saw this Pakistani beef curry, I thought it would be perfect! Nicely spiced! And my, was I right. My sister has a certain affinity for Pakistani food, so I’m kind of sad she moved halfway around the world and couldn’t enjoy this with us! Guess she’ll just have to try out this recipe over there to impress her new Maldivian friends. (Though I’m sure they have some killer curry recipes that could blow this out of the water).

In other news, is anyone else too annoyed to go on Facebook during the debates? I’ve shared this on Facebook before, but it’s just too good not to post again.


Haha. For reals. No one cares about your rants, people. But my posts about cookies and cupcakes and chili? Obviously, you all love them.

Venison or Beef Curry (Pakistani Kima)

(adapted from Whole New Mom)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground venison or beef
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional, if you like it spicy)
  •  Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 potatoes, finely diced
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen peas

Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add beef/venison and cook until browned and cooked through.

Drain excess grease. Stir in spices and season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, potatoes and peas.

Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25-30 minutes, until potatoes are soft.

Serve over rice.

This dish was awesome! I mean, it’s carbs on top of carbs, how could it be bad? I actually thought it was kind of weird to serve such a potato-heavy dish over rice, but… it totally worked! The spices were great and there was no gamey flavor at all. I loved that this meal was pretty quick to put together and cook, but I bet it would be really great in the crock pot as well. This would also be a great meal to make ahead and freeze in meal-sized portions.

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  1. Jaki says

    This looks sooo yummy! The most I have cooked here so far is cous cous so you’ll have to make it when I come home. I am definitely getting my fill of curry here. They always have curry and hot dogs for breakfast. Normal. You should look up masooni roshi. It’s another popular breakfast here that I’m obsessed with. I don’t know if I spelled it right but it’s ground coconut and fish with onions and flat bread. Who’d have thunk it?

    • jessfuel says

      Fish for breakfast… I was going to say that was weird until I realized my all time favorite brunch food is bagels and lox!

  2. says

    Ok, so I have a technical question about the venison. Who does the meat skinning/slicing/grinding? I imagine Nick coming home and slapping a giant deer on the kitchen table for you to cook with. Are there people who’ll do the gross parts for you? Can you take a deer to a butcher, or is it a DIY situation? Or are you just a major badass?

    • jessfuel says

      Haha! Good question. Well… he hunts out in the country at his friend’s house. So he skinned and beheaded(?) the deer there. It came to my house as gigantic pieces of meat with bones. Kind of gross, but, as long as the head and fur are gone, I can deal. It has to sit in a cooler full of ice (or a fridge, but, let’s be serious, that ish is not going in my fridge) for a couple days, apparently, til rigor mortis is gone. Then I allow him to use my kitchen (carefully) to debone the meat and cut the meat into smaller chunks. Then we use the KitchenAid grinder attachment to grind everything but the best steaks (backstrap and tenderloins). We remove all of the deer fat before grinding (apparently that’s what makes it gamey)– though it’s pretty lean to begin with– and add ground beef fat (special request from the butcher at the supermarket) to give it some flavor. Then we vacuum pack everything and freeze it!

      But…. there are totally places who will do this for you. It just wouldn’t be as badass.

  3. says

    I just hopped over from Recipe Newz. This looks great! My husband has been requesting more curry dishes and I have been searching for beef ones, perfect. I will be trying this in the near future. Only with ground beef because I don’t have any venison.

  4. says

    Fantastic how much meat you got from the deer. I would love if you would share this terrific recipe on foodie friday today. I think there are many people who would be interested in it.

  5. Bex says

    Just wanted to comment and say I made this recipe tonight and it was utterly delicious. I used leftover venison roast and threw it in at the end, and it was lovely. I hadn’t come across your blog before, but you have a new reader now. Thank you for posting this.

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