Friday, May 19, 2006

Mutton Sheekh Kabab


Kababs are really the Nawabs of Indo-Pakistani food... or rather I should say of the Indian subcontinent....Sheekh kabab, Kalmi kabab,Malai kabab, Tangdi kabab,Jehangir kabab,Shikampuri kabab, Shami kabab...the list goes on and on...These kababs have so much become a part n parcel of most of the Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi menus of restaurants abroad as well. It can be very much a starter,a snack or even a side dish.


Mutton-[ground into a coarse paste or minced]-250g
Egg-1 (whisked)
Cumin Powder-1tsp
Red Chilli Powder-1tsp
Paprika powder-1tsp(optional)
White Pepper Powder-1tsp
Salt -as required
Cooking Oil-2tbsp
Cashewnut -10(optional)
Ginger - 25g
Green Chillies -4
Garlic -25g
Fresh Green Corriander Leaves-1 bunch(chopped)
Onion -1 large (finely chopped)
Cottage Cheese ( Paneer)-75g(grated)
Tomato-1(finely chopped)
Butter-1 tbsp-melted-for basting
Chaat Masala-1tsp-Optional
Lemon Juice-1tbsp
Corn flour-1tbsp

Garam Masala

Cardamom powder-a pinch
Cinnamon powder-1pinch
Cloves powder-a pinch
Nutmeg powder-1 pinch
Fennel seed powder-a pinch


Grind mutton coarsely; add egg, cumin powder, red chilli powder,paprika, white pepper, salt and oil. Mix well and set aside for 15 minutes.

Grind ginger, chillies, garlic , corriander/cilantro leaves, onion, tomato, cottage cheese(paneer),cashew and garam masala powder with the lemon juice . Mix this paste well with Mutton paste.Add more salt, if required. Divide into equal portions and shape into balls.You may adjust the consistency with the cornflour. Skewer the balls, wet your hands and spread the balls by pressing each along the length of the skewers to make it long kababs, and place them on the grill.(You may even press in capsicum or tomato to the kababs. )

Grill in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsiusfor 15 minutes(adjust according to the specifications of your gadget) (until golden brown), till it is cooked well, basting occasionally with butter/oil.

Alternatively you may press the meat ball into small rounds and roast it on a tawa as well.Dont forget to bast occasionally with oil.

Sprinkle some chaat masala(optional) &serve it hot on a bed of brown roasted onions & tomato, along with tomato sauce or any chutney of your choice. You may substitute mutton with any meat of your choice.

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