Shami Kebabs is one of the most popular Mughlai Appetizer made with meat, chana dal and spices. I have used chicken instead of mutton as I am not big fan of mutton. This is equally delicious and yummy in taste. Definite must try dish during Ramzan/Eid. Its one of the most appealing appetizers for party too

Sorry dearies I forgot to click step by step pics for this recipe. I promise next time I make it , I am definitely going to do it and post it

Servings 8-9 , Cooking time – 40 mins , Preparation time – 3 hrs Total time – 3 hrs 40 mins


  1. 350 g Boneless Chicken
  2. 75 g Chana Dal /Split Bengal Gram Dal
  3. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  4. 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 1 bay leaf
  7. 1 inch cinnamon stick
  8. 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  9. Water as required
  10. 1 inch ginger chopped
  11. 3 garlic cloves
  12. 2 eggs
  13. 1 teaspoon garam masala
  14. 2 red chilies
  15. 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  16. 2-3 green cardamom
  17. 1 green chili finely chopped
  18. 4-5 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  19. 2-3 tbsp mint leaves
  20. 1 small onion finely chopped
  21. Oil for shallow frying

Steps for Cooking

  1. Clean and soak chana dal in warm water for 3 hours. Slice chicken into small pieces. Add salt, red chili powder, coriander powder,turmeric, salt, garam masala to chicken and mix well. Keep it aside
  2. Drain excess water from Chana dal
  3. Add chana dal, chicken to pan. Now add water just covering them. Add cinnamon,cumin seeds, bay leaf, cardamom, red chilies, garlic, ginger and salt to water. Mix well
  4. Cover and cook until tender. Discard bay leaf and strain excess water. Allow to cool completely. There should be no moisture to mixture
  5. Coarsely blend the mixture until it’s dry and powdery
  6. Add onions, green chilies, coriander and mint leaves to mixture. Mix well
  7. Beat 1 egg in a bowl. slowly add spoonful to mixture and mix everything together until it forms a dough. Check for salt and spices, adjust if required. Do not add all the egg mixture at once
  8. Heat oil for frying in a pan. Divide dough into equal portions. Shape them like balls and then flatten them like cutlets
  9. Beat second egg in a bowl. Dip the kebabs in egg, shake off the excess. Use fork if required for lifting the kebabs.Now place the kebabs gently in pan and shallow fry on both sides until golden brown. Alternatively this can be deep fried or baked too
  10. Drain excess oil over tissue paper. Serve hot with mint chutney/Sauce
Posted by:Rekha Unni

Humble quirky soul embarking on beautiful journey of love called Life. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love experimenting with different types of foods. it's the love of cooking for my family which has made this hobby as one of my passions

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