Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chicken Kebab


Kebab is a Middle Eastern Dish of usually minced meat , fish or vegetable's roasted or grilled on a skewer , thanks to Wikipedia , but I had same Idea ;)
I think its one of the most liked dish from Middle East...We in Kerala (My native state in South India)  love one another dish from the Middle East called Shawarma - its Pita bread wrapped with shaved grilled chicken , some sauce and pickled vegetables...the connection between people in Kerala and the Middle East is that ,  at least one member of a family in Kerala works or are settled  in the Middle East and that's how we got used to the Middle eastern cuisine.

Actually I made more Kebab's but then my family couldn't wait and the numbers got reduced by the time I got a satisfactory click, its a really tasty appetizer. A must try recipe when you buy minced meat next time and also an easy recipe too.



Ingredients

Minced Chicken - 3 cups (when minced , prefer 5 % fat as fat helps to bind the kebab)
Ginger Paste or finely chopped - 1 Table spoon
Garlic paste or finely chopped - 2 table spoon
Green chili's - 3 no's finely chopped
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - 1/4 cup
Egg - 1 (Optional, if the minced meat having more fat ,may omit the egg)
Oil - 4 table spoon (for shallow frying)
Cumin powder - 1/2 table spoon
Tomato Paste/ sauce - 1 table spoon (Optional)
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp (or according to your tolerance level)
Juice of 1/2 lime.
Salt to taste
Roasted Gram Flour - 2 table spoon or more (optional -I didn't use)

Garam Masala - 1 table spoon ( dry roast 10 cardamom + 6 cloves + 2 pieces of cinnamon and 1 table spoon of Cumin seeds , powder the same)  or use store bought Garam Masala Powder.



Method.


* Mix the minced chicken with all the ingredients (other than oil) , use gram flour if its difficult to shape the chicken mixture (if the minced meat contains water , you may need to add flour)

*Keep this marinated inthe fridge for some time (at least 1/2 an hour)

*Heat Oil in a pan , while the oil is heating , take 2 table spoon of the chicken mixture in your palm and shape it like a sausage (length wise) and insert a skewer in to it and roll'em within your palm.
Immerse your hands in water , before shaping each kebab ,it helps to shape the kebabs without sticking to the palm.

*Place it on to the heated oil in the pan to shallow fry.


* Turn each sides , until roasted 5 to 7 minutes in medium heat , till the chicken is well cooked.




And the Kebabs are ready.


Enjoy with Mint Chutney


Cheers
TN