Keema Pie

Keema Pie

Keema Pie Recipe

In Indian cuisine, the name ‘Keema Saag’ can be used to refer to any number of dishes which combine a ground meat (the ‘Keema’), with some form of vegetable greens (the ‘Saag’). Here, the pie you see above is essentially a Keema Saag, cooked with common Indian spices, which is then incorporated into the form of a traditional Shepherd’s Pie. As such, a classic Western ‘comfort food’ is transformed into something novel, and, for most Westerners, just a little bit exotic.

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Beef Xian Bing - 牛肉餡餅
Beef Xian Bing – 牛肉餡餅

Beef Xian Bing – 牛肉餡餅

These little delicacies are a northern Chinese specialty. The word ‘Bing’ refers to a wide range of flat, usually unleavened, wheat ‘cakes’ and the word ‘Xian’ specifically indicates that this cake is ‘stuffed’ or ‘filled’. Mostly, the filling is some sort of meat or other, so you can basically think of these treats as ‘Chinese Meat Pies’. Here, I am using Beef, along with a little Leek, to fill my ‘pies’, hence the – 牛肉 (niu rou) prefix to the Chinese characters for Xian Bing (餡餅).


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