FOOD AND TRAVEL

Friday, May 4, 2012

Kheema Pav - Indian Sloppy Joes

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Hiding our smiles with little or no show of excitement, we exchanged glances - the type which only sisters understand the secret language of. Later, we would discuss feeling guilty for being happy about dad's immediate business plan to Thailand.

Dad's travel plans meant late night movies, television soaps and parties with friends but most of all it meant dinners could be sandwiches, burgers and other quick bites. Within a week, we wanted to eat everything that dad wasn't fond or approved of.
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We sat glued to the T.V. watching the most dramatic Indian soaps whilst enjoying minced meat slathered with ketchup and hot sauce sandwiched between piping hot butter toasted dinner roll, aerated coke on the side. After midnight (when mom was off to bed) we watched the cheesiest American soaps with another round of kheema pav.

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Today, M and I take every opportunity to watch late night movies - foreign movies which M despises with all his heart or action sci-fi movies which I despise, kheema pav is at least something we both can enjoy and I hope you'll too! I'm sharing this recipe over at Indonesia Eats. Pepy, the author behind the blog shares mouth watering and authentic Indonesian recipes which I'm sure you shall love while you are there. Check out the post here.

In other things, I will be interviewing with Neel of Learn Food photography about photography and blogging. If you have questions for me, you can submit them here.
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57 comments

  1. Those look amazing and really tempting! Gorgeous clicks.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Lol I love how you call them Indian style sloppy joes!

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  3. delicious!! I am loving that sauce bottle! lol

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  4. The sloppy joes looks very tempting. I loved the rustic presentation :)

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  5. great pics kulsum. you have managed to make the kheema pav look so good. photographing cooked meat is very challenging... you have done an awesome job.

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  6. These look delicious! And so much better than the over-processed version my mom used to make. ;)
    And I agree, you were able to make meat look lovely! I'm impressed.

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  7. I LOVE the styling and the photography here!!

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  8. Great post and photos - and I could do with a spicy sloppy Joe with the awful weather in London at the moment!

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  9. Keema Pav, maggie ketchup and teen patti are a marriage made in heaven! Brings back so many memories :-)
    In our home the story was a little different. Although both the parents were adventurous when it came to the food but mummy was basically the "jailer" as we would call her so that meant when jailer would leave for a few days to go meet her sister or stay with my grandma to take care of her then the news would bring the same mysterious smile on us kid's and Papa's face :-) That meant soda after dinner and left over Chinese food for breakfast and TV woud be on 24x7! Those were the days :-)

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    1. aww thanks for sharing your sweet story P. My mom was certainly a little more liberal but only for the time dad was not around.

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  10. Can totally relate to your story here. There was this food stall in Colaba, Mumbai that sold the most amazing kheema pav, never missed an opportunity to have some. Love the pictures and the styling.

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  11. haha that's exactly what my sister and I do when our dad is out of town ;)
    and this keema pav or keema ka burger as we like to call it, is always on the breakfast table whenever we have left over keema from last nights meal!.. cant explain the joy of having this specially when you are around sisters :)

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    1. I love when readers have similar experiences. Thank you!

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  12. Lovely. A beautiful set of photos. And all very relaxing!

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  13. a sweet story- sisters+keema pav, that is my kinda thing- reminds me of my relationship w my sisters. lovely photos, K. x shayma

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    1. Thank you S. Sisters are the best right?

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  14. I have never made or tried or even heard of this! Can you believe? Is it a mumbai thing? LOL!
    But I know I will enjoy it - has perfect flavors. I m so making this next time I buy keema.
    I remember looking forward to eat take out dinners when dad was out - I guess even mom wanted a leave from cooking.
    When we meet some day - make this for me :) Love the last picture!

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    1. Ma'am you are missing something :) Yes, it is common in Mumbai and sometimes you also get baida(egg) kheema pav with fried egg. The Indian bread roll also called "ladi pav" is what truly makes it street food experience but slightly sweet dinner rolls work pretty well.

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  15. ooohh lovely comparison! I always love these comparisons as they make non-Indians so much more aware.

    Great pictures must I add.

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  16. Thank you for wonderful post, Kulsum! Sorry can't leave a comment fast enough as I'm in Hong Kong right now ) Once again, thank you!

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  17. How yummy is this. Really want a big bite of this!

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  18. Hey Kulsum, I am Samrana, loves your blog. Came across your blog from past 3months,since then wanted to comment but couldn't.This post made me to break the barriers and comment. Really it reminded of our childhood.It used to be our tiffin in train when we used to travel to Mumbai for vacations. Lovely post..Keep the good work and enjoy the early summer.

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    1. Thank you so much Samrana. I really appreciate your comment. Isn't it great how food evokes beautiful memories?

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  19. Looks fantastic. I've left a comment on Indonesia Eats. Bookmarking!

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  20. He he he we all have similar memories I think! My Dad loves rice and needs it every day. So, whenever he was out for work .. I, bro and Mom would feast on noodles, dosa, burger .. anything but rice :) And then there was of course the other benefits .. like watching movie late night.
    Love the first photo and using cards as prop .. brilliant idea!

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  21. Beautiful Pictures! We love the vegetarian version of this - Pav Bhaji!

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  22. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

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  23. While the cat's away the mice will play! Beautiful memories of childhood!

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  24. Beautiful pictures Kulsum!! Everyone had similar stories to share ... sad me, being the only child never had any such experiences :-((
    Loved reading your story and every one's comments!

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    1. Thank you :) Being the only child has its advantages I'm sure!

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  25. I just love your story about your sister. Yes!! Men and women certainly have different tastes in movies don't they? Sloppy Joes were a regular at the school cafeteria and I can still remember trying to eat them "non-sloppily"!

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  26. Those were some beautiful memories and this is lovely recipe:)

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  27. This is such a heartwarming story :) The funny thing is, my parents eat a lot more snacky-food than we do, especially now that they're older. Crazy pants right? I'm sure our entire family would be all over these desi-sloppy joes though :)

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  28. Looks mouthwatering! Love your photos and stories. :)

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  29. Beautiful!!!!
    We use to call this qeema bun... our late night indulgence whenever qeema was made....
    Beautiful read as always lovely pics..

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  30. Amazing photography... Great looking food. Just bookmarked your blog.

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  32. Wow ! I just stumbled upon your blog today and it is just awesome ! Mouth-watering pics I must say ... wish there was a like button on each of them haha.

    I am going back to read the past recipes now !

    Rupa

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  33. Sisters are the best what a lovely post! I want a BIG bite! Thanks for sharing this with us :))

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  34. Ya hanging out with sisters is fun. I am a single child but my cousin (dad's elder brother' kid) is more like my own sibling. Since we both are the only child and since we were raised in a joint family, she is my best friend too. Yes I can totally link myself to the nights where we sat together laughing over a silly prank, sharing news and gossips. Oh I miss her now. Need to call her right away. I love kheema pav and we make a dish called Ceylon paratha, the stuffing is very similar to yours and we sandwich them between two chapatis and cook.

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  35. Nice blog........
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  36. Great discovering your blog Kulsum. This photograph takes me back straight the the kheema burgers of the Indan Hotel of Bohri Mohalla. And I mean that as a huge compliment...Kalyan

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    1. It was great discovering your blog! You sure have got a dedicated follower now on :) And yes thank you that's a huge compliment

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  37. Can i get this fabulous keema pav for my dinner tonight, inviting.

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  38. Looks so good, thanks for the recipe. Have a nice day.

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  39. Beautiful Reem! Love to eat in front of the TV too :) It feels wrong to do it, but such a guilty pleasure!

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  40. Great stories and tempting food. Great photo styling.

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  41. but where is the recipe of kheema pav

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