Saturday 31 May 2008

Mince Kebabs

My mum’s mince kebabs are well-known amongst friends and family, people can’t get enough of them. I had a go at these last night and they were easy to make and tasted scrummy. To make them even easier I peel and quarter the onions and top the chilli’s and give them to the butcher to put through the mincing machine with the mince. These are traditionally shallow fried, but we have been cooking them on the grill and they come out softer and are much healthier as any fat drips out. This recipe makes about 40 kebabs.

1 kilo Mince
2 medium onions minced
6 green bullet chilli’s minced (can substitute for preferred chilli or reduce for less heat)
5 tablespoons gram flour (to bind the mixture)
1 heaped tablespoon salt
1 heaped tablespoon chana masala (if available)
1teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon chilli powder

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with hands.
Take small chunks and roll into a ball, then flatten into a burger shape.
Cook on a grill at low/medium heat till both sides are deep brown.
(It’s usually a good idea to check one to see if it’s cooked through before taking them all off and putting the next batch on).

These are great between a bap as a spicy burger, with curry and chappati or nan bread, in a sandwich or on their own with tomato ketchup or chutney. I cooked half of the batch and froze the other half in the freezer for later in the week.


  1. Assalamu alaykum sis,
    that looks so tasty!!!
    Mash'Allah! Remind me of dinners at my mum.
    BTW I tagged you sis. Hope you don't mind.

  2. mmm yummy:) salam! your blog is pretty nice im glad that found it:)i also have my new blog here you can visit i ll appreciate. i didnt know that there are so many ways to cook kebab:)

  3. Assalam-alaikam Sister Muslimah,
    I've already been tagged with this:

    Your's is the only time I've seen the six word memoir story though. Thanks for that.

    Assalam-alaikam Sister Khaleejia,
    Your blog looks like great fun, especially the henna post.

  4. Anonymous05 June, 2008

    I came across your blog, after havin typed in google how to speak pathwari punjabi...sad and desperate as it may seem, it is true. I have recently married into a lovly Pakistani Punjabi family from Rawalpindhi also. i try so hard to speak urdu as i speak bengali. they are very understanding. But my concern is that i feel am very slow at cooking and getting used to thier foods.
    I came across your kebab recipie and thought omg thats exactly how my mother in law makes it..i found that it was such simple but different way to make it?

    I wondered if you could part me some recipies or tips on how you manage to cook, or how you do quick fix dinner for the family??

    I love your blog by the way, im putting it on my favourites!

  5. Assalam-alaikam Sister Raziha,
    I don't think there is anything sad or desperate about learning something new or trying to fit in with your new family. I think its lovely that you are making the effort.

    You might like the tandoori chicken recipe too (just click on the "recipes" label). I plan to keep adding recipes as I go insh'Allah.

    The whole thing about languages, it takes time doesn't it? One of my great aunts was Bengali, but she speaks such perfect Patwari you'd never guess, just became that way over time.

    BTW I LOVE Bengali food, the ladies spend so much time and effort on it, maybe you should try to get them used to some of your food too.

  6. Anonymous03 July, 2008

    you gave away mum's secret recipe!!!

  7. Wow looks gr8. Nice and cripsy.