Do you like curry? Have you tried a keema before, if not then this is a recipe you really should try! If you have then this recipe is so easy to make and whilst being so much healthier than a takeaway too!

Keema curry
Keema curry

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What is keema curry?

Keema curry is an Indian mince based curry. It is generally quite dry as it doesn’t have a sauce but is full of flavour and popular around the world.

This healthy keema curry is low in calories and as it doesn’t have anything like cream it really is as close to a native Indian keema as you can get compared to other low-calorie curries that often substitute many ingredients.

raw mince
Raw mince

How to choose the meat for a healthy Keema curry

The mince you choose for your keema curry can be beef, turkey or lamb. Beef is the most common mince used. It is best to choose the leanest beef mince you can find which in the UK is usually called less than 5% fat mince.

Turkey keema is another option as turkey is naturally really lean meat. Of course, the meat you choose will change the flavours a little so it is down to personal preference.

Turkey mince stuffed peppers
Turkey mince stuffed peppers

Can I make a vegetarian keema curry?

You certainly can! I often make it with Quorn mince which works well. Another vegetarian mince is also good.

For a plant-based keema curry, I would recommend a vegan option of mince or even lentils.

Quorn mince and chicken pieces
Quorn mince and Quorn chicken pieces

How to make keema curry less spicy

If you have made this recipe before and found it to be a little spicy then simply omit the chilli powder for a slightly milder curry next time.

How to make this keema curry spicier

Simply add a little more chilli powder or swap it for fresh chilli to increase the heat easily in this healthy keema curry.

red chillies
Red chillies

How to eat keema curry for weight loss

This recipe has predominantly vegetables and spices so usually would be something you don’t need to count on weight loss plans such as Slimming World and WW.

This all, however, depends on the mince that you use. The higher the fat content of the mince the less healthy the recipe will be when it is cooked!

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Cooked rice
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How to make keema curry with a slow cooker

With a slow cooker, it is so easy to make keema curry as you literally chuck all the ingredients in and it cooks it for you! This recipe is a perfect example of this.

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Slow cooker

Making this healthy keema curry without a slow cooker

If you prefer to make it in a pan then the best way to do it is to use the same ingredients as in this slow cooker recipe.

Firstly, fry the garlic for a couple of minutes, then add the onion and spices and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Then add the mince and cook until browned stirring frequently to mix the flavours.

As the mince is starting to brown add the frozen peas and put a lid on the pan and leave for around 5-10 minutes until the mince is thoroughly cooked.

Keema curry
Keema curry

Perfect vegetables with a healthy Keema Curry

One easy thing you can do to add vegetables to a keema curry is to use cauliflower rice instead of ordinary rice.

Another option is to stir fry a few vegetables for a quick addition.

I sometimes add some frozen mixed vegetables to the recipe with the onion and peas to bulk it out a little and make it go a little further but also add more vegetables.

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Making this recipe with Quorn

It is really easy to adapt this recipe to use Quorn, as a vegetarian myself I do it often.

It is always worth remembering that Quorn takes less time to cook when substituting it for mince.

Check out my selection of Quorn recipes, all perfect for all the family whether vegetarian or not, some are vegan too.

Quorn mince and chicken pieces
Quorn mince and Quorn chicken pieces

Slimming World Slow Cooker Tips

Before you start to think about recipes with your slow cooker here are a few tips which may help.

If you find your meal is a bit watery take the lid off the slow cooker and turn it up high for half an hour this can help evaporate some of the water.

Using Slow cooker liners can save washing up if you are making something that often sticks.

Remember that nothing evaporates so you may need less liquid than in other recipes eg on the hob.

Get the best size slow cooker for your family there are lots of great ones on Amazon with many under £30 for a good brand and good size!

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Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density.

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

More healthy recipes you may enjoy

For more recipes that use mince check out my mince recipe guide and turkey mince recipes guide.

If you don’t fancy this but would like another recipe with rice check out my huge selection of rice recipes here and check out my tips for cooking the perfect rice!

Here are lots more slow cooker recipes you can try.

If you are a curry fan then do check out my curry tips and recipes including curry sauce and chicken and mushroom curry.

If you, like me, love to find syn free recipes so that you can save syns for desserts, chocolate or gin then pop and check out these syn free recipes.

chicken and mushroom curry
Chicken and mushroom curry

Etsy for weight loss

If you are like me and like buying fun new items to motivate your weight loss, then here are my favourites. Etsy is great for items for the kitchen and weight loss goodies. I could spend hours browsing there.

There are so many great food diaries too so you can record your meal plans and track your weight loss to keep a record of the good and bad weeks. Click the photos to have a look for yourself.

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I have a lot of weight loss guides and support if you want to exercise including if you have a condition like fibromyalgia.

Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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Keema curry

Beef or Quorn Keema Curry

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 Hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Slow cooker
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Low Calorie


A delicious curry which can be easily made in the slow cooker.



300g 5% fat beef mince or 300g Quorn mince

1 large onion, chopped

80g Frozen garden peas

5 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 inch of ginger, finely grated

100ml beef or vegetable stock

0.5 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp mild chilli powder

1.5 tsp Ground Coriander

1 tsp ground turmeric

1.5 tsp garam masala

0.5 tsp ground cumin


Put all ingredients in a slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.


If you use Quorn mince the calories will vary, calories below for beef version

Keywords: Slimming World, fakeaway, mince, vegetarian

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  1. Keema curry FTW – hit with all of us here (7!!!). Mince is so versatile, but I’d never tried this before.