Lean Mince Shami Kebabs

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Shami Kebabs

These mouth watering tender lean mince kebabs make a great starter or a meal when stuffed into pitta pockets with some fresh green salad leaves.

Made from lean mince, these shami kebabs are a classic favourite amongst the young and old.

Not as difficult as people think but definitely worth all the effort!

Lean Mince Shami Kebabs
Recipe type: Appetiser
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Serves: 8
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 1 large onion or 2 small onions
  • half a cup or 100g chana daal
  • 2 tbsp green chillies finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste or equivalent in fresh
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 4 black cardamon, 1 star anise, 4 cloves (all optional for extra flavour)
  • Handful of chopped fresh coriander
  • Handful of chopped fresh mint
  • 3-4 tbsp oil if choice for shallow frying
  1. Cook the daal and meat on medium heat meat with onions quartered and salt with whole spices and 1 cup water
  2. Boil until water evaporates
  3. Allow mixture to cool down
  4. Mix the mixture with one beaten egg in a food processor until soft
  5. Add spices to the mixture and mix well
  6. Add mint and coriander to the mixture and mix well
  7. Shape into patties and dip into egg and shallow fry until golden brown
  8. Serve with suace of choice : raita or ketchup !



  1. Quick question where does the daal come into it.

  2. Recipe updated, daal added same time as the meat

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