Chicken Kheema Recipe
Kheema is essentially minced meat and used in many dishes like curries, samosa, or cutlets. This simple Chicken kheema recipe can be prepared in no time and also be alternated with lamb or egg. Soft, tasty, and delicious, it goes well with chapatis, parathas, and rice. The soft dry curry texture is what makes it a hit with the kids. You can introduce chicken in your baby’s diet for 6 months. Start with soups and gradually introduce whole pieces of meat. Once your toddler is used to eating rice and roti, this chicken kheema will appease their palate as an accompaniment.
Type of Meal
Any toddler above 19 months of age
Lunch or Dinner
|Ingredients||Quantity and Volume|
|Cumin Seeds||½ teaspoon|
|Onions finely chopped||¾ cup|
|Green Chilli||1 slit|
|Tomato finely chopped||1|
|Ginger Garlic paste||1 teaspoon|
|Meat Masala or Garam Masala||¾ teaspoon|
|Chicken (minced)||250 grams|
|Coriander leaves||1 tablespoon|
|Green peas or cashews ( optional)||¼ cup|
|Cream or coconut milk (optional)||1/3 cup|
Just follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to make chicken kheema.
- Heat ghee in a pan and add the bay leaf, cloves, cumin seeds, cardamom, and peppercorns. Let them sizzle.
- Then add the chopped onions and green chilies. Saute for a few minutes until they cook.
- Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute until the raw smell disappears.
- Add the tomatoes and cook until they become mushy.
- Add the chili powder, mint leaves, and meat masala powder. Fry until they blend well with the onion and tomato mixture. Now transfer this mixture to a plate.
- In the same kadhai, add bay leaf and the minced meat. Sprinkle the turmeric and salt.
- Cover and cook on a low flame until the meat is cooked in its water.
- Once cooked, add the onion-tomato mixture to the meat and mix well.
- Cook on a low flame until the meat and onion-tomato mixture blend well. If you are making a dry curry, then wait until all the moisture evaporates.
- If you want to make the curry version, add coconut milk to the mixture in the end. Alternatively, if you want to add cream, add the cooked kheema to the cream in parts and blend well.
- Garnish with coriander and serve hot.
This home-made chicken kheema baby food recipe can be perfected if you follow these simple tips:
- Make sure you dice and mince the meat well. You can do it in a food processor as it will chop it finely.
- Depending on whether you want to make the dry or gravy version, cook the meat until the moisture evaporates.
Nutrition Information (Per 100 Grams)
Here are the health benefits of chicken kheema for babies.
- Chicken is rich in protein and Vitamin B6. It is important for muscle growth in the baby.
- The iron in chicken helps in the growth of red blood cells and the potassium keeps the blood vessels in good condition.
- Calcium and phosphorous present in chicken is helpful for the bones.
- Vitamin A and Vitamin C help in building immunity.
- Vitamin B12 also called cobalamin helps in brain development.
- The zinc and magnesium in chicken content help to develop immunity and resistance.
A few essential tips to follow when sourcing ingredients for chicken kheema:
- Buy chicken in packed form and ensure to check the expiry date before use.
- Select chicken which is pinkish.
- For kheema make sure you buy chicken with more breasts and flesh in it.
- Buy ripe and firm tomatoes for this recipe.
- Always buy organic fruits and vegetables as they are free from chemicals.
Your toddler’s health is precious and you do want to make any compromises. By serving them the best nutritional diet you are ensuring their healthier future. This chicken kheema recipe is a simple way to include vital nutrients and elements in your baby’s diet.