1. We’re going to start with the ‘tarka’ which is the flavour foundation. Take a medium-large lidded sauce pan, fry the chopped onion, cumin seeds and star anise in some vegetable oil. Cook on a moderate heat until the onions become translucent and soft.
2. Next add the garlic, ginger and minced chillies (remember you can add more chillies later if needs be). Allow to cook out.
3. Now add the garam masala and turmeric. If the pan is too dry add a splash of water so the spices don’t stick to the pan and burn. Allow the spices to cook out, then add in the chopped coriander stalks.
4. Then put in the tomatoes, increase hob heat, and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook for 5-10 minutes. When you can see oil on the surface of the spiced tomato mixture/the oil has taken on the tomato colour, that means it’s cooked and ready to taste. Check your seasoning here. If it needs more chillies add now. I season with salt at the end of the cooking for meat dishes, to ensure it does not toughen the meat.
5. Place in the mince and mix together thoroughly, crank the heat to max, and break up the meat as you are mixing with a wooden spoon until it’s all separated. Add in the water and mix. Bring to a simmer then cover with a lid. Allow to cook for 25-30 minutes or so.
6. Keep an eye on it, you may need to add more water so the meat doesn’t catch. If you go the opposite way and add too much water you can correct by simmering the keema without a lid so the liquid can evaporate and ‘gravy’ reduce.
7. Add in the frozen garden peas 5 minutes before end of cooking.
8. Finally add your salt, season to taste, and scatter with a flurry of chopped coriander leaves.