If you say you made ” Mince ” for lunch or dinner, then every Goan knows that you are talking about ground beef but to the rest of Indian’s it is known as ” Kheema “. Mince in Goa is mostly made with beef and if you are wondering how come an Indian eats beef, well then you will have to read about Goan history here.
Mince plays an important part in the Goan Christian food habits as it’s a base for many popular Goan recipes. To name a few, Beef Croquettes, Beef Empadinhas, Beef Patties, Potato Chops and Almon’s.
Originally Mince is made with ground beef and potatoes but I usually add peas & carrots as it is a sneaky way to get my kids to eat their veggies 🙂 I suggest that you use the lean ground beef. If you do not eat beef then you can replace it with turkey or chicken.
Cooking Tip: For savory dishes my mum always added a dash of sugar to enhance the flavor.
- 2 lbs of lean ground beef
- 1 medium chopped onion
- 1 1/2 ” of finely chopped fresh ginger
- 3 tbsp of recheado masala
- 1/2 tsp of sugar
- 1 medium golden potato diced small
- 1 1/2 cup of peas & carrots
- 1/2 cup water
- Salt to taste
- Heat oil in a pot. Add onions and saute till soft.
- Then add the recheado masala and saute for 1 minute.
- Add the ginger and saute for another 30 seconds.
- Next add the ground beef and saute till it mixes well with the spices. Add sugar, water and salt to taste. Cook covered on medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Then add the diced potatoes and cook covered for 5 minutes.
- Finally add the peas & carrots, check on salt and cook covered for another 5 minutes.
The last 2 days we enjoyed the Goan mince meat in many ways.
Serve it with rice.
Or with sliced bread (Goan’s slice their breads diagonally for all celebrations, don’t ask me why. All I can say is for aesthetics).
We also boil plain macaroni and add the cooked meat and enjoy it. If you want to make it a low-calorie, low-carbs meal then stuff the meet in romaine lettuce leafs.
And finally we love Taco Bell but the Goan Mince Meat Taco beats it hands down.