Shammi Kebab


My last post highlighted Chicken at its best. So now it’s mutton’s turn. Kebabs are very popular in South Asia and the Middle East. But most people tend to think of it as cooked on skewers or ‘seekh kebab’.

Shammi Kebab is a delectable version of kebabs that work great for dinner parties and the ingredients and recipe is rather easy.


  • Minced mutton(keema) 500 gms
  • Yellow lentil 100 gms (chana dal/Bengal gram)
  • Coriander leaves 4tbl spn
  • Mint leaves1 tsp
  • Green chili 3
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tbl spn
  • Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
  • Curd 2 tbl spn
  • Onion 1 small
  • Lemon juice 1 tbl spn
  • Egg 1 (only white portion)
  • Sea salt (kosher salt) as required
  • Oil to shallow fry


In a blender add curd, 2 green chillies, 3 tbl spn coriander leaves and make a paste.

Marinate the minced meat with this mixture as well as ginger garlic paste and salt for at least 2-3 hrs in the refrigerator.

While your meat is being prepped, soak lentil in water and keep it aside.

In a  pressure cooker, add meat and 1/2 cup of water and cook till you feel that the meat is done.

When your meat is done, strain and keep it aside. Store the broth as we’ll need it in the next steps.

In the same broth add lentil and boil till the lentil is soft. But make sure that it is not overcooked.

In a heated wok add 2 tbl spn of oil, boiled lentils, meat and garam masala powder and fry till the mixture is completely dry.


Remove from heat and with a wooden spoon mix the whole thing until it is smooth.(At this point you should taste the mixture and if more salt is needed then add it. You may also add red chili powder as per your taste.)

In a chopper, chop 1 small onion, 1 green chili, 1 tsp Mint leaves and 1tbl coriander leaves finely. Sprinkle lemon juice on this mixture and keep aside.


Make small equal roundels with the meat mixture. Then insert your thumb and make a hole in it and put 1/4 tsp of the onion-chili-mint-coriander mixture in the center and evenly seal the ball again.


Moist your palm and slightly flatten these balls.


Dip them in whisked egg white and shallow fry over high heat.


Sprinkle chat masala or lemon juice on them and serve hot with onion rings along with naan, roti or  may be with an Irish coffee in a chilly winter evening.


This dish will surely be a winner among your guests so please give it a try. I mean it’s no coincidence that Shammi rhymes with Yummy! 😀


If there’s any meat recipe close to your heart or one you’d like to learn please put in a comment below. I will surely put up a recipe for it so don’t forget to comment and subscribe to Tanushree’s Delicacies. Your feedback is always appreciated. Happy Cooking 🙂



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