Kheema Pav is a popular Indian Street food. Kheema means ground meat and pav is bread. Basically it is the Indian version of a Sloppy Joe. I used ground beef, but you can substitute any kind of meat you like. I like to serve them as sliders. They make perfect party food or a quick dinner.
2 tbs canola oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 cinnamon stick, about 2 inches long
3 whole cloves
3 whole cardamom pods
1/2 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tbs finely chopped fresh ginger
3 serrano chiles, finely chopped (don't remove the seeds)
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 lb lean ground beef
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbs finely chopped cilantro
8 dinner rolls or slider buns, or 4 hamburger buns
In a medium skillet heat the oil over a medium flame. Add the cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom. Allow them to sizzle until the become fragrant, around 10 to 15 seconds. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, serrano chiles. Saute until the onion is translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Then add the chopped tomatoes, garam masala, turmeric, coriander, and cayenne pepper. Cook until the tomatoes starts to break down. Then add the ground beef and kosher salt. Continue to cook until the meat is no longer pink. Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped cilantro.
Serve on buttered and toasted buns. Makes 4 hamburger sized sandwiches or eight sliders.
Note: The cinnamon stick, cloves, and cardamom are used only for flavoring and are not meant to be eaten.
You might also be interested in Madras Chicken.