Kheema Paratha

The paratha is a good lunch for the kids or a snack on the go.  On the coast in East Africa kheema paratha is a street food served in the evening.. It was fun watching the vendors make them in front of you.  They do it by pulling the dough and breaking a couple of eggs on the kheema. We always had it as a light dinner.  There were vendors selling  khawa (black coffee)  nearby too.


food pictures May 8 019I have used chicken kheema today.  You can use either beef, chicken or lamb.

Makes 12


  • 2                 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/4             cup water
  • 1                 tsp salt
  • 4                 tsp green masala
  • 1-1/2         tsp freshly ground cumin
  • 1                 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2                 large onions finely chopped
  • 1                 cup chopped green onions
  • 2                 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1                 tbsp chopped mint
  • 1/2             tsp garam masala
  • 4                 eggs
  • 12              pastry sheets

Paste to seal

  • 3                  tbsp white flour
  • 2                  tbsp water


  1. Cook  meat on medium  heat with 1/4 cup water.  Stir and break the meat until the meat changes color.
  2. Add all the spices and cook till meat is dry and cooked.
  3. When mixture is cool add garam masala, chopped onions, cilantro and mint.
  4. Mix white flour and water to make a paste.
  5. Take the pastry (see separate recipe to prepare pastry),  put 2 tablespoon of meat mixture in the centre.
  6. Pour 2 tbsp  beaten egg on top and  seal.  Pick up the corners of the opposite side  Apply a little paste on one corner and seal.  Apply paste to the side and bring in the other sides.  You should have a square.
  7. Cook on  frying pan on medium heat  turn over, brush with oil and cook on both sides.
  8. Serve with a salad and riata.

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