Keema Matar / Ground Chicken Curry – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Keema Matar Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Chicken Keema Matar or Ground Chicken Curry with Peas made in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. Keema is a popular street food in Mumbai served with pav (similar to dinner rolls, but not sweet).  Keema is also a popular dish in North Indian cuisine.

What is Keema? 

Keema is basically minced meat (chicken or lamb) cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and wonderful whole spices.  Oh…the amazing aroma while the keema is being prepared definitely makes me very impatient. When preparing keema matar for this recipe post, I had a hard time waiting to take pictures, the aroma of the keema matar made me sooo hungry!

Keema is traditionally made with ground mutton (goat meat), but really you can make it with any meat – turkey, chicken, beef or lamb. I used chicken this time, but it is great to switch different meats.

The best way to eat keema is with naan or with dinner rolls. You can also serve it as a side with rice. How about some pasta with keema in it….oh, that will be amazing with all the earthy spices! Another way I like to use keema is in puff pastry as an appetizer. I will share that recipe soon.

How to make Keema Matar in a Pressure Cooker? 

A picture is worth a thousand words….with that analogy, is a video is worth a million words??

Here is a quick video of how to make keema matar. I made it in the instant pot, but you can make it in a traditional or electric pressure cooker.  You can also make it in a pan on the stovetop, just allow some extra time to cook the ground meat.

Tips for Making Amaaaazing Keema 

  • Don’t skimp on ghee or rather use ghee in this recipe for the authentic flavor. Make ghee at home using this instant pot recipe.
  • Use kashmiri red chili powder, which gives an awesome color to the curry, while being not too spicy.  I used 1 tsp, as my daughter was going to eat this.  Go with 2 tsp if you enjoy spicy Indian food.
  • Add one additional green chili (I use birdeye or thai chili pepper) for a spicier curry.

Keema Matar Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

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Keema Matar Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Keema Matar (Ground Chicken Curry) - Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Ground Chicken Curry cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and wonderful whole spices. A quick and delicious dinner for weeknights. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 352 kcal
Author: Piping Pot Curry
  • 1 lb Ground Chicken
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or Oil
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 1 Green Chili Pepper diced
  • 1 Onion large, diced
  • 2 Tomato medium, diced
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Green peas
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Mint (optional)
  • Cilantro to garnish
Whole Spices
  1. Start the pressure cooker in SAUTE mode and heat ghee in it.  Add all the whole spices and saute them for 30 seconds. 

  2. Add onions, ginger, garlic, green chilies and saute for 3 minutes until the raw smell is gone and the onions start to turn golden brown. 

  3. Add tomatoes and spices. Saute for 2 minutes. 

  4. Add ground chicken and water. Mix chicken well with the other ingredients. This is important, so the chicken does not form lumps. Also make sure to scrape anything stuck at the bottom of the pot.   

  5. Press Cancel and close the lid with vent in sealing position. 

  6. Cook on MANUAL or pressure cook mode at high pressure for 5 minutes. 

  7. When the instant pot beeps, do a 10 minute NPR, which means release the pressure manually 10 minutes after the beep. 

  8. Add the green peas, lemon juice, mint and cilantro leaves and mix well.  If any lumps are formed, mash them with the spatula. Cook for a minute on SAUTE mode, so the peas are cooked through. 

  9. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with naan or dinner rolls (toast them with a little butter).

Recipe Notes
  • Adjust spice to your taste. To make this spicier, add more green chilies and red chili powder. 
  • Skip the black peppercorns if you don't like crunching into them while having a curry. 
  • You can use minced meat or ground meat for this recipe. 
  • If making this with lamb or mutton, increase the pressure cooking time to 8 minutes. 
  • Stovetop variation: Follow the same steps, allow extra 10 minutes for the chicken to cook in the pan. 
  • Using keema for puff pastry or sandwiches: After cooking, change to saute mode and dry the moisture in the keema.  


Nutrition Facts
Keema Matar (Ground Chicken Curry) - Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker
Amount Per Serving (279 g)
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 211
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23.44g 36%
Saturated Fat 8.63g 43%
Trans Fat 0.34g
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 729mg 30%
Potassium 503mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 11.86g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Sugars 4.27g
Protein 23.78g 48%
Vitamin A 57%
Vitamin C 56%
Calcium 6%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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4 thoughts on “Keema Matar / Ground Chicken Curry – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

  1. Great recipe, and ghee rather than oil makes it better. On a side note, it appears that the diced green chili pepper listed in the ingredients was omitted from the directions. I tossed it in with the tomatoes and everything worked out great. Thank you!

  2. Hello! I would like to feed this to my 8 month old. So, I will omit the salt (as I hear salt is not good for babies) and green chili (as I don’t know if he could handle the spice). Do you think the amount of chili powder mentioned will be mild enough for a baby? Thank you!!

    1. Hey Kimberly – I would reduce the chili powder and Garam Masala for the baby, or you could skip them completely. Add them later to the portion the adults would be eating. It is okay to add them after pressure cooking. Hope that helps!

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