Shami Kebab recipe by Shabana Akbany


Kebabs are a favorite finger foods and can perfect as in-between meals snack and even party appetizers.  Here is a tasty shammi kebab recipe by our favorite chef Shabana Akbany.


  • 1 1/2 kg mince meat
  • 75 gms chana daal soaked for 1 hour
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 big onion chopped
  • 3 /4 red dry chillies
  • 2″ piece ginger {cut into long slices}
  • 5/ 6 garlic pods {unchopped}
  • 1 tsp zeera / dhania powder{heaped}
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 / 3 eggs {beaten with a pinch of salt
  • red chilly powder and a tbsp of water
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying


  1. Pressure cook mince meat along with chana daal, onion, turmeric powder, red chillies, ginger, garlic, garam masala, coriander leaves and salt without any water.
  2. Cook for abt 3 whistles and let it shimmer for about 10 minutes on very low fire till all all the water has dried up.
  3. Once the mixture has cooled off a bit you may put it in a mixer and grind it to a paste or you may also hand grind it on a grinding stone. {The kabab’s will taste much better if they are hand ground, instead of a paste in the mixie}.
  4. Once your mince mix is ready roll them into a kabab form {Shammi kabab,s are usually oval ROUND in shape}. Now dip these kabab’s into your egg batter {with the spices} and deep fry.

Shabana’s kathi kebab recipe here>>