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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Shammi Kebab with Mint Chutney (Minced meat and chana dal Patty)

IMG_2005This extremely popular kebab of Awadh, probably got its name from the word Sham which means evening in Hindi. So essentially it’s an evening snack. This goes amazingly well with some great single malt whiskey (this is inserted courtesy Mr.Bong).

Made from minced meat and chana dal these kebabs are round patties enriched with the flavor of garam masala, fresh mint and coriander leaves. Contrary to most other kebabs which are grilled, this is fried and hence easier to make.


  1. For BoilingIMG_9129
    1. 200 gm. minced meat
    2. 50 gm. Bengal gram / chana dal soaked
    3. 1 tbsp. whole coriander
    4. 1 tbsp. black peppercorn
    5. 1 tbsp. white peppercorn
    6. 1 small onion chopped
    7. 5,6 cloves of garlic
    8. 1/2" ginger
    9. Salt to taste
  2. For Grinding
    1. 2 tsp. garam masala powder (make your own as shown here)
    2. 2,3 green chilies
    3. Half cup chopped coriander leaves/cilantro
    4. Half cup chopped mint leaves
  3. For Frying
    1. 1 egg beaten
    2. Ghee/clarified butter


Heat oil in a pan and fry chopped onion till they are light pink. Now add all ingredients listed under Boiling along with half a cup of water and cook on medium heat till all the water evaporates. Let it cool.

Add garam masala powder, chopped coriander and mint leaves and mix it well. 

Add the mixture into a grinder or food processor and grind into a fine paste. This paste should be little moist.

To make kebabs moisten your palms with little water and take about 2 tbsp ground meat mixture in your hand. Form a ball then slightly flatten it.IMG_9133

Heat ghee in a pan. Dip each patty/ kebab into the beaten egg and place into the ghee to shallow fry. Fry till both the sides are golden brown. Remove on paper towels to drain. Serve with green chutney.

Recipe For Green Chutneyimage

  1. 1 bunch mint leaves
  2. 1 bunch coriander leaves/ cilantro
  3. 5,6 cloves of garlic
  4. 2,3 green chilies
  5. Juice of one lime
  6. 3,4 tbsp of plain curd/ yogurt

Grind all ingredients together into a food processor or grinder adding little water to make a thick sauce like consistency.

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