Ground meat

Ground meat in sausage making
Ground beef in an industrial grinder

Ground meat, called mince or minced meat outside of North America, and keema or qeema. (Hindustani: क़ीमा (Devanagari), قیمہ(Nastaleeq), (pronounced [ˈqiːmaː]) in South Asia, is finely chopped by a meat grinder or a chopping knife. A common type of ground meat is ground beef, but many other types of meats are prepared in a similar fashion, including pork, lamb, and poultry. In South Asia, both mutton and goat meat are also minced to produce keema.


Ground meat is used in a wide variety of dishes, by itself, or mixed with other ingredients. It may be formed into meatballs which are then fried, baked, steamed, or braised. They may be cooked on a skewer to produce dishes such as kabab koobideh, adana kebabı and ćevapi. It may be formed into patties which are then grilled or fried (hamburger), breaded and fried (menchi-katsu, Pozharsky cutlet), or braised (Salisbury steak). It may be formed into meatloaves or pâtés and baked. It may also be used as a filling or stuffing for meat pies and böreks, and also as stuffing. It may be made into meat sauce such as ragù, which in turn is used in dishes like pastitsio and moussaka. It may also be cooked in a sauce to make chilli con carne.

South Asia

Keema curry on a bun (pau), a popular Mumbai street food

Keema or qeema is used in a variety of dishes such as a stewed or fried curry dish of minced beef, mutton, or other meats with green peas or potatoes. It usually includes ghee/butter, onions, garlic, ginger, chilis, green peas and spices. Keema can be grilled on a skewer, and called seekh kebab, or used as a filling for samosas or naan.

The word ultimately comes from the Turkic word qıyma meaning 'minced meat', and is thus related to the Persian gheimeh, the Turkish kıyma, and the Greek κιμάς.[1][2]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Maalvleis
العربية: لحم مفروم
বাংলা: কিমা
беларуская: Фарш
български: Кайма
català: Carn picada
dansk: Hakkekød
Deutsch: Hackfleisch
eesti: Hakkliha
Ελληνικά: Κιμάς
español: Carne picada
Esperanto: Viandhaketaĵo
euskara: Haragi xehetu
français: Viande hachée
한국어: 다짐육
Bahasa Indonesia: Daging cincang
italiano: Carne macinata
Lingua Franca Nova: Carne moleda
मैथिली: कीमा
македонски: Мелено месо
മലയാളം: കീമ
Bahasa Melayu: Daging kisar
Nederlands: Gehakt
日本語: 挽肉
norsk: Kjøttdeig
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਕੀਮਾ
русский: Фарш
Simple English: Ground meat
српски / srpski: Faširano meso
suomi: Jauheliha
svenska: Köttfärs
Türkçe: Kıyma
українська: Фарш
اردو: قیمہ
West-Vlams: Gekapt
粵語: 肉崧
中文: 絞肉