Indian Sloppy Joes

Who doesn’t like Sloppy Joes? Back in Wisconsin, I found varieties of Sloppy Joes. It’s a comfort food. This is what Wikipedia says about Sloppy Joes – A sloppy joe is a sandwich consisting of ground beef, onions, tomato sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun. The dish originated in the United States during the early 20th century.

Here is my Indian version of Sloppy Joes using a  popular street food in India, specifically found in Maharashtra called Kheema Pav. The Kheema is made out of any minced meat and the pav is a kind of bun but much softer than the hamburger bun, the kind we get in India.

You can buy the pav from an Indian store or bakery. I chose to bake it at home. Will post the bread recipe soon.

Sloppy joes1

Servings 2


1/2 pound or 1/4 kg minced chicken or lamb ( i used chicken)

Whole spices –

1 cinnamon stick

1 whole black cardamom

2 green cardamoms

1 bay leaf

2 star anise

1 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp cumin powder

2 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp chat masala

2-4 tbsp oil

Lemon juice as per taste

salt as per taste

Cilantro choppd

1 large onion finely chopped

1 tbsp ginger and garlic grated

2 green chillies finely chopped and or red chili powder.

2 large tomatoes finely chopped

4 to 6 pieces of Pav


Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add all the whole spices. Once you get a good aroma of the spices, add the onion, chilies and ginger garlic. Saute until onion is golden brown. Add the minced meat. Mix and let it cook completely.

Then add the tomatoes and rest of the spice mix and powders. Cook until oil oozes out to the sides. Squeeze lemon and garnish with cilantro.

Serve it like a Sloppy joes with the kheema stuffed between the pav or the indian style as you see below.

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