December 30, 2008

Lamb Shammi Kebabs


As promised, this is the shammi kebabs recipe that I made for dinner recently. I saved some from this for the puff pastry bites in the earlier post:)

I had picked up some organic minced lamb from the Farmer's Market few weeks ago on an impulse and had no idea what to do with it. So, when I was in the Indian store a week later and saw the Shaan Shammi Kebab Masala packet, I picked it up and decided to give it a try.

This was the first time trying out kebabs at home, and it came out great. The kebabs were soft and perfectly spiced too. I followed the recipe (more or less) adding just extra garam masala while cooking. We had it as a roll with salad on spinach tortilla. Yum.

(adapted from Shaan recipe)

1 lb minced lamb
1 cup chana dal - soaked for 30 min
1 packet Shaan Masala
8-9 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tbspoon ginger paste
2 medium onions
2 green chillies
2 cardamoms
2 cloves
1" cinamon
Salt and pepper

For Kebabs:
1 medium onion - chopped finely
1-2 green chillies- chopped finely
1/4 cup cilantro - chopped finely
1 egg
2-3 tbspoon oil

Boil all the ingredients (leaving out the onion, chillies, cilantro, egg) together till meat and dal is boiled.

Drain the water and grind it together to a paste. Take care to drain the water properly. If there is water left in the mix, it will make it hard to make kebabs as it becomes too soft and crumbly.

Heat a thick bottomed pan and add some oil. Now add the chopped onions, cilantro and mix it well. Take a small amount of the mix (about small scoop of ice-cream) in the palm of your hand and flatter it slowly to make kebab. Dip it in the egg wash and fry till each side is golden brown.


Serve warm. Enjoy it as a starter, as a side dish for dinner or as the main course.


  1. Thank you Mandira.. wishing you a wonderful New Year ahead.. :)

    I don't eat lamb but this and the previous post have such tempting pictures.

  2. Hi Mandira! Wishing you and your family a wonderful new year! Hope 2009 brings you all kinds of delicious eats :)
    Thanks for stopping by and wishing me. 2009 is going to be even busier than 2008 for me, so I don't foresee the blogging resuming any time soon, but I continue to be an avid reader of your blog :)

  3. Mukhe jol elo:-) amar dida eta korto, kintu mutton diye...

    Happy New Year to you too!

  4. Best wishes to you and your family for a joyous and peaceful 2009, Mandira.

  5. The snaps describe the term 'melt in the mouth'. :-)
    Am definitely going to try this soon .. but with chicken.
    Wish you and your family much happiness this new year dear Mandira. And thanks for your good wishes too. :-)

  6. mandira,
    I just love kababs so much, Haven't tried with lamb...
    these are just delicious..

    wish you and Aswin a happy new year , may God Bless both of you..
    and you continue posting such delicious recipes even more...
    hugs and smiles

  7. Happy New year to you Mandira!

  8. Mouthwatering, tempting, spicy and yummy kababs dear. Iam droolingggggggggggggggg....

  9. Lamb Kebabs do look delicious. I was kind of surprised to see Channa Dal listed as an ingredient but I have never cooked them before so. I can easily get hold of minced goat, I'd give it a try.

    Happy New Year! Mandira.

  10. Absolutely mouthwatering! This will be bookmarked! Happy New Year!

  11. I'm going to try and get some lamb next week and make these.

    Happy New Year!

  12. This would make the perfect lunch for me right about now :)!


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