Minced Beef Qeema – Azerbaijan Style

It is very quick and easy recipe to prepare an authentic Azerbaijani qeema/Keema.

In Iran we have variety of qeema with diced or minced meat along with combination of other ingredients.

This Azerbaijani qeema, is dry with no juice and still is so delicious and I am sure it will become a regular dish at your home especially when you know , you can make it in less than 30 minutes.

This qeema uses simple ingredients and spices such as turmeric, saffron, and …. which is basically mixed together and Azerbaijanis cook it for New Year Eve.

Azerbaijani Minced Meat Qeema

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: qeema, rice, Persian eve dinner,Ardebil,Azerbaijani qeema, minced meet,
Servings: 3
Author: Rozina Dinaa
Cost: £6


  • 400 g minced meat, beef or lamb
  • 2 large onions, finely diced
  • 4 tbsd barberries (Zereshk), washed
  • 3 tbsp yellow split peas, cooked
  • 1 tbsp steamed saffron (saffron water)
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Salt – pepper to taste


  • Heat oil on medium heat then add in onion and saute onion until tender. Stirring frequently.
  • Then add ground meat, turmeric, ground cinnamon, season with salt and pepper. Fry meat until colour changes to brown. Reduce heat to low.
  • Now add washed barberries (Zershk زرشک ) and lemon juice. Gently mix together.
  • Stir in pre cooked yellow split peas and saffron water..
  • Cover the pan with a lid an allow to cook over low heat for 10 minutes Serve it with steamed rice/pilaf or make naan wraps out of it.

Author: rozinaspersiankitchen

Hello everyone, my name is Rozina. I am Iranian with Azerbaijani roots. I was raised in Iran but I am living in Scotland. I am passionate about cooking and preparing meals for my family and friends. I tell them the story behind the meal, the pronunciation of their Iranian name and the spices that used in Persian cuisine. I am an archaeologist, photographer, a cooking teacher, and very interested to introduce Persian and Azerbaijani meals, desserts and beverages to people from different cultures, as I love to try food from all over the world. Iranian cuisine is a combination of rice with meat ( chicken, beef, lamb, fish, turkey), nuts, fruits, dried and fresh herbs and vegetables. Iranian food is a celebration of flavor, colour and spices such as: saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, dried rose petals, dried limes, cumin, .... I share my recipes in Farsi/English along with step by step photos of preparation. I take all my own pictures. I have learned my traditional Persian and Azerbaijani recipes from my lovely mother, and she has learned from her mother. Over the years, I have experimented and learned more recipes. Some of my recipes are a fusion Western and Middle Eastern cuisine. Some are forgotten from Persian cooking tables and I try with posting and sharing those ones, to preserve them. All my recipes and pictures are property of rozinaspersiankitchen. I would be pleased if you would mention my site if you wish to use any of them. So, if you are interested to know about Persian /Azerbaijani food taste, you can try my website. I will be glad to hear your ideas about my recipes. :) Thank you for visiting my website.

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