“Whole New Comfort Foods” and My Most Requested Recipe

Pakistani Kima Beef Curry Indian Recipes

One definition of “comfort food”, according to that ubiquitous (don’t you just love using big words sometimes) source of data, Wikipedia, is “food prepared traditionally that may have a nostalgic or sentimental appeal.”

My definition of comfort food, however, is:

  • food that tastes great
  • and doesn’t leave me (or my pants) feeling too uncomfortable after eating it.

A case in point.

I love ice cream. And in my teenage years, I worked in an ice cream parlor.

Bad idea.

It was one of those ice cream shops where there were loads of great flavors and an amazing assortment of toppings (including cut up candy bars).

You can imagine what happened, right? The possibilities for overeating unbridled gluttony were endless.

Well, due to adrenal fatigue, life threatening food allergies and autism in our household, those ice cream parlor days are over.

Now we’re gluten free, sugar free and some of us are dairy and egg free.

Yes, the household “chef” has her work cut out for her.

Good thing one of my passions is to make yumminess out of our restrictions, and then to share the goodness with others.

Yumminess like comfort foods that won’t just nourish your taste buds, but will also nourish your body in a real way – for real health.

Call them “Whole New Comfort Foods.” It’s a play on my blog name – get it? (Ahem.)

I’ve got a number of recipes to share with you, but the “real gem” of the bunch is my most requested recipe.

It’s Pakistani Kima. And believe me – you want to print this one right away, get the fixings and make it. You can read more about this dish’s history over at my blog.

It’s not a traditional “comfort food” recipe, but I guarantee that it will be on your list soon.

It’s that good.

Pakistani Kima (Beef Curry)

Ingredients

2 – 3 Tbsp healthy oil  (I like Tropical Traditions coconut oil)
1 cup chopped onion (or 1/4 cup minced)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb ground beef (or other meat or chicken. Try garbanzos or kidney beans for a vegan option.)
1 1/2 Tbsp curry powder
2 1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cinnamon (Frontier’s cinnamon is our favorite.)
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp turmeric
2 1/2 – 3 cups tomatoes (about 1 1/2 14 oz cans) (Bionaturae has almost BPA free cans)
3 potatoes, diced small (for a low carb version, substitute cauliflower)
2 1/2 – 3 cups peas (green beans are great too)

Method

1. Melt oil in pan. Add onion and garlic. If using minced onion, add some water to reconstitute.

2. Cook until onion softens somewhat and garlic begins to brown (watch the garlic closely – it burns easily).

3. Add beef and brown.

4. Add all other ingredients, except for the peas.

5. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.

 

Here are some of my other favorites from my blog:

(Note: there are 2 ice cream recipes in this list; old habits die hard. Yep, there are too many sweets. I’m working on a chili recipe and oven-fried and seasoned sweet potatoes that I hope to share soon!)

- Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets (no need for store bought anymore!)

- Super Savory Hummus (a real comfort food in our home!)

- Chocolate Almond Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream (nothing like nuts and chocolate)

- Healthy “Almost Reese’s” Candy (ditto)

- Mint Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream (ditto again unless it’s mint and chocolate ;-) )

- Luscious Lemon Bars (something about lemon bars always gets me)

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Adrienne, of Whole New Mom, is a wife and homeschooling mother of two boys, one of whom has Asperger’s Syndrome and life-threatening food allergies.  She has a passion to help others navigate the sea of information on the road to healthier lives, while trusting God for the results of their efforts. Additionally, she is a blossoming food freedom advocate. Because she loves to (and can’t afford not to :-) ), she specializes in frugal living and simplifying special diets. You can also find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

 

44 Responses to “Whole New Comfort Foods” and My Most Requested Recipe

  • Alta Mantsch says:

    I love curries. The combination of spices makes me happy. This sounds delicious!

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Alta Mantsch, Curry is one of our favorite foods too! I so hope you enjoy this!

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  • Emily says:

    This recipe looks great! I can’t wait to try it.

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Emily, I guarantee you’ll love it! Let me know what you think!

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  • Adrienne, that dish looks incredible! But you and I have talked about our love of skillet suppers before, haven’t we? ;-)

    Thanks for this one!
    Shirley

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Shirley @ gfe, I think so! If you check out my post on my blog about this one, it originated from a friend who hates to cook. (Imagine!) It’s been changed and is totally great now.

    Take care and you’re welcome!

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  • Kathryn says:

    I can relate – years ago comfort food was nearly a pint of ice cream and, like you, I suffered for it with health issues. Curry has been one of my favorites for many years now and nothing really satisfies more. I look forward to trying your recipe since I don’t usually do tomatoes in my curries – different is always fun.

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Kathryn, I think you’ll love it, Kathryn. And I was known to eat more than a pint :-( .

    If you have any great curries I’d be thrilled to partake!

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    Kathryn Reply:

    @Adrienne Urban,
    This is my hands down favorite curry. A dear friend taught me how to make it about 20 years ago and it remains my favorite comfort food of all time.

    http://chachasgfkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/meatless-monday-sri-lankan-cashew-curry.html

    I hope you like it as much as we do. =D

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Kathryn, Thanks! Bookmarked it!

  • Susan says:

    I LOVE this recipe!! Not only is it SO yummy, but it is so easy, too. I’ve been making it in bigger batches, so a few nights later we can have it for leftovers. It has become a favorite in my house! One night the leftovers were a little dry as I reheated them, so I threw in a splash of coconut milk. It was a nice compliment to all the flavors!

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Susan, Hi Susan! I am so glad that you have enjoyed this as much as we do! My kids see the photo and say, “Mom, can we have kima again?!” The coconut milk sounds wonderful! Thanks for the tip!

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  • Sally says:

    I made this recipe a few weeks ago and it was fabulous! Great flavor and definitely a comfort food. I made raita to go with it, which is just plain yogurt, grated cucumber, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Thanks for the yummy recipe!!

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Sally, You’re so welcome, Sally! I love the addition of the raita! My son is allergic to dairy but I am hoping to make a coconut yogurt. :-) .

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  • City Share says:

    That’s our kind of comfort food. Looks delicious. I have never heard the term Kima, but we know and love Beef Curry.

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @City Share, I hadn’t heard of Kima either, but it is now a household word! Hope it will be for you too!

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  • Carole says:

    I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! We have started eating healthier and my 10 yr old son is requesting the kima ALL THE TIME. We make it with ground turkey just about every week since we seems to always have most of the items on hand. Thank you!!

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Carole, You’re so welcome, Carole! You just put a big smile on my face – and if I made it every week my kiddos would be thrilled!

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  • Joan Laufnick says:

    Can this be made without tomato? We have 2 people in the family with tomato allergies.

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Joan Laufnick, You can really mix up the recipe and do whatever you need to as far as allergy and carbohydrate substitutions. Of course, it will be a bit different, but my friend just made it without tomatoes and with frozen mixed veggies since that’s what she had on hand. I’ve made it without tomatoes and with cauliflower and green beans. I love the tomatoes in it, but I didn’t have any on hand at the time.

    You may wish to add a little liquid, or else you could just add more of another vegetable so you don’t have too much curry flavor.

    Enjoy!

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  • Erin D. says:

    This is so funny – I’d never heard of this dish until a few days ago, when I ran into it on Plan to Eat and immediately added it to this week’s meal plan. Now I’m seeing it again here! I can’t wait to try it.

    Hey, I heard we’re due for “a winter storm” tonight, 3-6 inches – woohoo! Not much of a “storm,” in my view, but heck, better than the brown and grey dreariness. :D

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Erin D., Hi There, Erin! You will love this! I will say, this is my own “rendering” and I would for sure make it this way. In my humble opinion, it is much better than the original!

    We might get 10″ :-) . So come on by if you want a real storm!

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    Erin D. Reply:

    @Adrienne Urban, 10″ would be super-neat. :) At least you’ll have fun on your getaway this weekend, yay!

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  • Natalie says:

    I agree. Comfort foods really are the foods that make your body feel loved, rather than feeling battled because an ‘indulgence’ was desired. Chili is a great way to feel like you’re having something special (which you are ;) ). I love Indian food, so I’m going to have to give this one a go.

    A comfort food that loves my body & leaves my body feeling loved is a simple broccoli, zucchini & cauliflower mash. A sprinkle of salt on top & it’s done. Sometimes I add sauteed onion & garlic, sometimes not. In winter it’s perfect, I find.

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Natalie, I love chili too – I have a pretty good recipe now, but if you have a good one I’d love it!

    I love those mashed veggies as well! It is a great mashed potato sub in my low carb diet. Thanks for reminding me – I haven’t had it recently! There’s a nice vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie on my site with that kind of topping. The photo’s not great but the dish is good :) .

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  • Kathryn Arnold says:

    Your Kima astonished me in that it is nearly identical to a stew recipe I got from my deep South Georgia Granny many (make that many, many) years ago. She called it Brunswick Stew and also put in corn. I like to add lima beans, too. Good stuff!

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @Kathryn Arnold, How wonderful! If you look at my post on Whole New Mom, you’ll see it’s from a friend. I then later found it in More with Less, but I changed the recipe some. Lima beans sounds great!

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  • lisa says:

    This recipe is in our regular rotation here. I actually prefer it with chopped beef (not ground). We’re in Rwanda, so the cuts are different, but it’s like a stew meat so what I do is boil the chopped meat until it’s tender, meanwhile prepare the rest of the recipe & add the beef when it’s time to simmer. I use some of the water from the simmered beef in the recipe to give it more of a sauce so we can serve it over rice. It’s also good with cauliflower instead of, or in addition to, peas. And of course I freeze any leftover “beef broth” to make soup later on, or if you have leftovers just add the beef broth to it the next day & have soup for lunch. :)

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    Adrienne Urban Reply:

    @lisa, The chopped beef sounds wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • Carol Ann says:

    Tried this for the first time tonight, used half potatoes and half sweet potatoes as I didn’t have enough potatoes in and it turned out great! I will be making this again and again!

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    Adrienne @ Whole New Mom Reply:

    @Carol Ann, I love that idea! In fact, I think I used sweets once too :-) ! Glad you liked it!

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  • Tami says:

    I made this tonight. It was delicious! Thank you for sharing such a great recipe.

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    Adrienne @ Whole New Mom Reply:

    @Tami, You are so welcome! :-)

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  • mjskit says:

    WOW! This does look like fantastic comfort food! You really know how to meet the challenge of your household with all of its restrictions, but love of good food. Great recipe!

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    Adrienne @ Whole New Mom Reply:

    @mjskit, Thanks! It really is great. Hope you enjoy it as well!

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  • Kira says:

    I’m eating it right now, and, OMG — it’s awesome! Doing GAPS so didn’t add the potatoes but had peas and leftover broccoli, fresh tomatoes and 1 TBS of tomato paste. I also used fresh ginger and tumeric root — just grated ‘em in. But I have to say, the coconut oil is key. Gives it a sweet taste, along with the cinnamon. Thanks for this quickie but goodie.

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    Adrienne @ Whole New Mom Reply:

    @Kira, You are so welcome! I’m basically GAPS myself right now (grain free) – I love it w/ cauliflower and green beans. I’ve never used fresh turmeric – interesting!

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  • Debs says:

    This is the second time this morning that I’ve come across this recipe (on this site and on another one!), I think maybe it’s a sign I’d better try it!

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    Adrienne @ Whole New Mom Reply:

    @Debs, There are a few versions of this out there (unless someone copied mine :-) ) – but I will say that this one clearly tops the original. We had a family over and the mom asked for the recipe. I gave her the original w/o my tweaks and she later insisted that I was “holding out on her” because it wasn’t nearly as good as what she’d had at our home.

    :-) .

    Hope you enjoy!

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  • Becca says:

    How could you post a list of comfort foods that does not include your Bean Fudge?! We made some recently, and it is sooo good!! We used it as a dip for apple slices, and that was all we had for dinner. :-)

    I think my favorite comfort food is anything that involves nutritional yeast flakes dissolved in a healthy oil with some herbs or spices. Here is some information about nutritional yeast flakes with links to recipes. They perk me right up when I am feeling weak!

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    Adrienne @ Whole New Mom Reply:

    @Becca, How funny! I was going to post the Bean Fudge but didn’t for some reason :-) .

    And recently we have just started using nutritional yeast again after a long hiatus due to concerns about candida, but I think it is going just fine! I did misplace my nutritional yeast cookbook so I am going to have to find a copy again. It had a really nice biscuit recipe in it that I’d like to share. Thanks for the link!

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  • Kris says:

    I love curry… I’ll have to try making beef curry sometime. I’ve been avoiding tomatoes and potatoes (big food allergy problem with many foods), but it’s probably good without them…

    My favorite comfort food right now is hazelnut cake. It is a simple treat which doesn’t require anything that I have to avoid right now… I get out a small 6″ Corell dish, and put in 2 eggs, some baking soda, a healthy dollop of maple syrup (for sweetness), about 2″ knob of ginger (peeled and zested), and then half fill it with hazelnut flour. I am never exact on the ingredients (I don’t enjoy the process of developing recipes), but it usually comes out fluffy and moist (the only mistake is when I don’t use enough maple syrup… it usually puffs up and is really wet, and then you cook past that until it is firm). It goes well, served fresh & warm, with poached pears… When I have the “blahs” over food options, I usually either make this or sweet potato chips with salt & pepper (eaten as soon as they are cooked!). For me, the best comfort foods are the ones that are easy to make and let me just rest and enjoy!

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  • vicki says:

    Do you know how many this will feed? Also do you serve this with anything on the side?
    Looks yummy and I’m thinking of making it tomorrow night for our dinner guest.

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  • I made this last night with ground turkey and it was amazing! My husband and toddler gobbled it up. Next time I will try beef. Thanks for the great recipe!

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