Shepherd’s Pie with Keema Matar | How to make Shepherd’s Pie with Keema Matar

By Chandrima Sarkar  |  9th Mar 2016  |  
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About Shepherd’s Pie with Keema Matar Recipe

In short “Cottage pie or shepherd’s pie is a meat pie with a crust of mashed potato.” I gave it a makeover by adding hot and spicy indian style keema matar as base of the pie. The cheesy top added an extra taste to it. This is a lovely fusion dish on a whole, what one can relish and enjoy!

Shepherd’s Pie with Keema Matar

Ingredients to make Shepherd’s Pie with Keema Matar

  • For keema matar
  • chicken keema- 1 cup
  • peas- 1/4 cup
  • onion- 1 medium sized (chopped)
  • tomato- 1 medium sized (chopped)
  • ginger-Garlic paste- 1 tsp
  • Kashmiri mirch powder- 1/4 tsp
  • turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
  • coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilies- 2 (chopped)
  • Garam masala powder- A pinch
  • salt to taste
  • vegetable oil- 1 tbsp
  • For vegetable layer
  • carrot- 1 medium sized (thinly sliced and blanched)
  • French beans- 5-6 (thinly sliced and blanched)
  • Zucchini- 3 tbsp (thinly sliced)
  • Spring onion- 1 (roughly chopped)
  • Milk- 5 tbsp
  • all purpose flour/ Maida- 1 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder- 1/4 tsp
  • butter- 1 tbsp
  • For the top layer
  • Boiled potato- 2 medium sized
  • salt to taste
  • Grated cheese for spreading on top (I used processed cheddar)

How to make Shepherd’s Pie with Keema Matar

  1. For Keema Matar
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan. Add chopped onion, sauté until light brown in color.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes, green chilies, ginger-garlic paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri mirch powder, salt and turmeric powder.
  4. Frying it on medium for one minute. With the help of the spatula mash the tomatoes.
  5. Now add keema and peas, mix well. Cover and cook on low flame until the keema cooked thoroughly. It may take 10-12 minutes.
  6. Keep stirring in between. At the end add garam masala powder, mix and remove from heat. Keep aside.
  7. For vegetable layer
  8. Heat butter in a frying pan (nonstick preferably), add all the veggies along with black pepper powder and salt. Sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
  9. Add milk and AP flour. Mix quickly and sauté for one minute more. Remove from heat.
  10. For the Top Layer
  11. Mash the boiled potatoes, mix with little salt. Keep aside
  12. Assembling the pie
  13. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  14. In a glass loaf pan (a round baking pan will also work) add keema matar as first layer. Next to make a layer with the sautéed veggies. Add mashed potato in the next layer. Top with grated cheese.
  15. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top turns lightly browned. Remove from the oven. Serve immediately.

My Tip:

Add salt carefully for every layer. Keep in mind that you are going to eat everything together as a pie, so adjust salt accordingly. You can add or replace any vegetable of your choice.

Reviews for Shepherd’s Pie with Keema Matar (2)

Adam Hollindale8 months ago

Wouldn't this be so much better with an onion bhaji cobbler topping in place of the mash?
Adam Hollindale
8 months ago
See more of my ideas in

Shilpi lala4 years ago

looks really nice! would like to see some more pics of this yummy dish