Today I want to share with you the recipe for one of my favourite Indian/Pakistani dishes: seekh kebab. Whenever we eat out, we never fail to order some as an appetiser. They are made of minced lamb with spices and are cooked on skewers, traditionally in a tandoor oven. They are usually served with hari chutney (either plain or mixed with yogurt) and they are delicious with naan! And that is exactly how I served them: with hari chutney, garlic naan, onion slices, tomatoes and lemon wedges! And there you have it, a complete and delicious Indian meal! If you like them spicier, you can increase the dose of chilly powder, I usually keep it on the lower side for the little ones. I hope you enjoy these kebabs as much as we do!
Ingredients (for 4 people):
500 gms – 1.1 lbs. lamb, minced
¾ tsp garam masala
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
½ big onion, grated
1 ½ tsp carom seeds
1 ½ tsp amchoor (mango) powder
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 pinch nutmeg
¼ tsp chilli powder
1 ½ tbsp gram flour (besan)
1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper
NOTE: you can add some red food colouring, if you want them to look like the restaurant ones, but it really does not add any flavour… just colour, so it is totally up to you.
Mix all the ingredients together until well combined and set aside until ready to cook the kebabs.
Take a handful of mixture and put it on a skewer, pressing it well with your hand and shaping it like in the picture. Repeat this until the meat mix is over.
Bake them in a pre-heated oven at 180°C – 355°F until cooked through and then grill for 5 more minutes on each side.
Serve hot with some hari chutney (plain or mixed with yougurt), lemon wedges, sliced onions and tomatoes and garlic naan.
It seems very easy to prepare it — and delicious too!
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love seekh kebabs!! Have to try this recipe!
Jolene @ Yummy Inspirations says
What a delicious combination of spices… must try this!
Oh I’ve had these before and absolutely loved them! You can bet I’ll be making them! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I can’t wait to pick up some ground lamb and get started. Guess I’ll have to make the naan to go with it. Shame on me if I don’t! 🙂
Nuts about food says
I adore lamb and would love to make these if only I could get ground lamb… I have tried supermarkets and some butchers and always came out empty handed.
Ciao! I know, finding that in Italy can be a problem! Hai provato nelle macellerie “etniche”? I know my mum bought ground lamb from an Arab butchery in Milan a couple of times! I can ask her where she got it from! 🙂
Love kebobs and these look so juicy! I never thought of adding amchur powder before…going to give it a try!
Pakistan’s cuisine superb, entirely different from indian food.
Hi thanks for this. Quick question though – you say cook the kebabs in the oven until cooked through but to a complete beginner like me how will I know when they are cooked through or for how long do I need to cook them?
Thanks for your help and recipes!
Hi Shikesh! It’s hard to give a specific time, as that will depend on the thickness of the kebabs. However, it should take about 25-35 minutes. To check that they are cooked through, insert a knife in the centre of the kebab if the juices run clear and no blood comes out, they are ready. I hope it helps.
Thank you so much!