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Shami Kebab

December 3, 2013
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These are kebabs typically made out of beef- very prevalent in Pakistani cuisine. They are one of my favorites- but I had never made them before…

  • 1 pound grass fed ground beef
  • 1/3 cup channa dal
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup nutmeg powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  •  1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon extra light olive oil

Soak the channa dal in half a cup of water for an hour. Transfer the beef, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, ginger, onion, yogurt, salt and the channa dal with the water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook on a simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Take the lid off and cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes on medium heat until all the liquid is cooked off. Take off the heat and set aside to cool.

Once the mixture is fully cooled, transfer into a food processor and add the egg, cilantro, mint and salt. Process till everything is smooth and incorporated. Form flat patties by using a tablespoon measure. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and sauté the patties, about 3 to 4 at a time and brown on each side. Serve warm with cilantro chutney.

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