Shammi Kabab ( Minced Meat Kababs)

Shammi Kabab is a classic Punjabi snack made with ground meat, lentils and spices. These kababs when made right melt in your mouth and when served hot will be gone in minutes.


Shammi Kabab

Serves 6


1 lbs mutton or lamb, ground

1 cup yellow split peas ( channa ka daal)

1 onion, chopped

½ onion, finely chopped

2 green or red chillies

1” ginger

2 cloves garlic

2-3 bay leaves

1 tsp. jeera ( cumin seeds)

3-4 cloves

1 black cardamom ( moti elaichi)

1” cinnamon (dalchini)

4-5 black peppercorns

1 tbsp. khus-khus ( white poppy seeds)

½ bunch cilantro, finely chopped

Salt to taste.



• Combine all the above ingredients (except ½ onion finely chopped and cilantro) in a pressure cooker.

• Add 1 ½ cups of water.

• Cook in the pressure cooker until the lentil is softened and meat is cooked (about 20 minutes)

• Carefully remove the cover of the pressure cooker and cook the meat mixture uncovered until all the liquid disappears.

• Grind this in a food processor.

• Add the finely chopped onion and cilantro to the mix and adjust seasonings.

• Shape the meat mixture into 2 inch patties and set aside.

• Heat a flat pan with oil and pan fry the kababs until golden brown on both sides.

• Serve hot with mint chutney.


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