Thursday, February 7, 2013

Shami Kabob

Shami kebab literally means Syrian kebab (Sham) in Arabic. This kabab almost appears like a patty or cutlet which is pan fried and served with mint or coriander chutney, sliced onions and lemon juice. It is a nutritious and healthy kebab. This kebab is extremely popular in Afghanistan.


  • Minced mutton - 500 gms
  • Eggs - 2, well beaten
  • Onion - 1 medium, chopped
  • Green chilly - 5, chopped
  • Bengal gram - 100 gms
  • Garlic - 10 pods
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cardamoms - 4
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch long piece
  • Ginger - 1 inch long piece
  • Peppercorns - 6
  • Red chillies - 4
  • Clarified butter (ghee) as required
  • Water - 3 cups


  1. Boil minced meat in 3 cups of water and a teaspoonful of salt till water is absorbed and meat is tender.
  2. Then grind meat into a fine paste.
  3. Take garlic, cumin seeds, cardamoms, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorns, red chillies and soaked bengal gram and grind into a fine paste.
  4. Mix both the pastes well.
  5. Now mix well beaten eggs and prepare a uniform dough.
  6. Add finely chopped green chillies and onion to dough and mix well.
  7. Shape the dough into small round flattened balls or kebabs.
  8. Heat ghee and deep fry kebabs till golden brown and lightly crisp.
  9. Serve hot with sauce or chutney.


Zen Mommy said...

Nice recipe. Can I substitute different meat, for example, turkey or chicken?

Unknown said...

yes of course.

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