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Shami Kabab: A Succulent and Savory Indian Appetizer

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Rozlin loves to cook healthy food for her loving family, and she wants to share this recipe with her readers.

Shami kababs garnished with raw onion rings

Shami kababs garnished with raw onion rings

Delicious Shami Kababs

Shami kabab, sometimes spelled shaami kabab, is a savory dish that originates from the Indian subcontinent. Today, it is a popular dish not only in India but also in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

It is composed of a small patty of minced meat (beef, goat or chicken) with mashed split chickpea lentils, spices and egg. It is eaten as a snack or an appetizer, and it is often garnished with lemon wedges, sliced raw onions and mint coriander chutney.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

40 min

1 hour 10 min

7-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilogram meat mince (beef, goat or chicken)
  • 1/2 litre water
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds (zeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (kali mirch)
  • 4-5 cloves (laung)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon red chilli flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander powder (dhaniya powder)
  • 1/2 tablespoon red chilli powder
  • 250 grams chana daal, soaked
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak chana daal for 1 to 2 hours. Strain and set aside.
  2. Wash the meat mince and keep it in a strainer to remove the excess water.
  3. Transfer the mince to a pressure cooker.
  4. Add the thinly sliced onion, grated garlic and ginger, cumin seeds, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon stick, black cardamom, salt, red chilli flakes, turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder. Mix all ingredients well.
  5. Add soaked chana daal and mix well.
  6. Add water and mix well.
  7. Turn on the flame and take it to a boil.
  8. Cover the pressure cooker and cook to 1 whistle on high flame.
  9. Cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes. Turn off the flame and let the pressure release.
  10. Open the pressure cooker and turn on the flame again. Cook on high flame until all the water has evaporated.
  11. Once the water dries, turn off the gas and let the mixture cool.
  12. Remove all whole spices (black pepper, cloves, cinnamon stick, black cardamom).
  13. Mash the mixture with a potato masher.
  14. Add chopped coriander and mint leaves. Mix well.
  15. Make kababs of the mixture with your hands. At this stage, you can freeze the kababs and fry them anytime.
  16. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  17. Dip the kababs in beaten egg and shallow-fry until golden brown on both sides.
  18. Once golden brown, transfer to an absorbent paper towel.
  19. Serve with coriander mint chutney, tomato ketchup or dip of your choice.

Photo Guide

Wash and soak chana daal for 1 to 2 hours. Strain and set aside.

Wash and soak chana daal for 1 to 2 hours. Strain and set aside.

Wash the mince and keep it in a strainer to remove the excess water.

Wash the mince and keep it in a strainer to remove the excess water.

Transfer mince to a pressure cooker. Add thinly sliced onion, grated garlic and ginger, cumin seeds, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon stick, black cardamom, salt, red chilli flakes, turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder.

Transfer mince to a pressure cooker. Add thinly sliced onion, grated garlic and ginger, cumin seeds, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon stick, black cardamom, salt, red chilli flakes, turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder.

Mix all ingredients well. Add soaked chana daal.

Mix all ingredients well. Add soaked chana daal.

Give it a good mix.

Give it a good mix.

Add water and mix well.

Add water and mix well.

Turn on the flame and take it to a boil.

Turn on the flame and take it to a boil.

Cover the pressure cooker and cook to one whistle on high flame. Cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes. Turn off the flame and let the pressure release.

Cover the pressure cooker and cook to one whistle on high flame. Cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes. Turn off the flame and let the pressure release.

Open the pressure cooker and turn on the flame.

Open the pressure cooker and turn on the flame.

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Cook on high flame until all the water has evaporated.

Cook on high flame until all the water has evaporated.

Once the water dries, turn off the gas and let the mixture cool.

Once the water dries, turn off the gas and let the mixture cool.

Remove all the whole spices (black pepper, cloves, cinnamon stick, black cardamom).

Remove all the whole spices (black pepper, cloves, cinnamon stick, black cardamom).

Mash the mixture with a potato masher.

Mash the mixture with a potato masher.

This is how mixture should look after mashing.

This is how mixture should look after mashing.

Add chopped coriander and mint leaves. Mix well.

Add chopped coriander and mint leaves. Mix well.

Mixture is ready to shape the kababs.

Mixture is ready to shape the kababs.

Make kababs of the mixture with your hands. At this stage, you can freeze the kababs and fry them anytime. Heat oil in a frying pan.

Make kababs of the mixture with your hands. At this stage, you can freeze the kababs and fry them anytime. Heat oil in a frying pan.

Take one egg.

Take one egg.

Beat it nicely.

Beat it nicely.

Dip the kabab in the beaten egg.

Dip the kabab in the beaten egg.

Heat oil in a frying pan.

Heat oil in a frying pan.

Shallow-fry the kababs.

Shallow-fry the kababs.

Flip the kebabs and fry until golden brown on both sides.

Flip the kebabs and fry until golden brown on both sides.

Once golden brown, transfer to an absorbent paper towel. Serve with chutney or ketchup.

Once golden brown, transfer to an absorbent paper towel. Serve with chutney or ketchup.

Suggestions and Variations

  • It is very important to cook the meat and daal mixture until all the water has completely and absolutely evaporated before you take it off the heat; otherwise, they will not hold the shape and will disintegrate while frying.
  • You can increase the spice level by adding chopped green chillies.
  • I often use goat meat, but you can also use chicken or beef mince.
  • Dry the coriander and mint leaves with a kitchen towel before chopping them.
  • While the mixture is cooking on high flame and water is evaporating, give it a stir every couple of minutes; otherwise, it will start sticking to the bottom of the cooker.

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