Kachri Qeema Recipe: Kachri is a small wild brown melon found in desert areas. It is common ingredient in Rajasthani cuisine. We use it as a food tenderizer and it is available at spice stores in both whole and powder form. Kachris spoil easily on contact with moisture and should be stored in airtight containers. Whole kachris stay better and it is best to crush them when needed. Kachri keema is a delicious mutton keema recipe, a specialty and not many outside our community know of this.

Recipe Servings: 2
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For Marination:

  • 1 Kg Qeema
  • 4 Whole Kachris (crushed)
  • 1 Cup Papaya (half-ripe), grated
  • 1/2 Cup Pineapple pulp
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • To taste Salt

For cooking Qeema:

  • 250 Gram Curd
  • 4 Medium Onion (golden fried)
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Cup Oil


  1. Marinate the mince with all the marinating ingredients. .
  2. Leave overnight in the fridge or at least for four to five hours.

Cooking the Qeema:

  1. Add the curd and onions to the marinated mince an hour before cooking.
  2. Heat oil and add cloves and cardamoms, allowing them to crackle for a minute or two.
  3. Now add the marinated mince. Stir it for a few minutes on medium flame and then leave on low flame till done.
  4. Do not use the pressure cooker. As it is a dry dish, let the excess water from the marination evaporate fully.
  5. After the qeema is cooked, prepare to smoke it.
  6. Light a small piece of coal over the stove flame, then place it on an onion slice, pour a few drops of oil on the live coal so it smokes.
  7. Then, leave the smoking coal over the mince and cover the cooking pot with a lid. Let it remain there for a few minutes.
  8. We sometimes use a long deep spoon, place the smoking coal on it and close the lid. It adds an exceptional smoked aroma.
  9. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves, onions rings, chopped green chillies, finely shredded ginger strips and a sprinkling of garam masala.
  10. A squeeze of lemon juice adds a bit of tanginess.