Fried Kababs

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Makes 25-30 kababs

These delicious kababs can be had alone, or with fries, or used for making Kababs in Blankets. Leftovers can be coated with beaten egg and refried to make coated kababs for an extra yummy treat.

beef mince
(you can use mutton/lamb mince too if you prefer it, although beef tastes better)
medium onions, grated
(about 400-500 gm)
slices of bread, soaked in water then drained
(you can use either white or brown bread)
bunch chopped coriander
1 tsp.
ginger paste
1 tsp.
garlic paste
2 tbsp.
gram flour (besan/chickpea flour)
1 tsp.
garam masala/all spice powder
2 tsp.
dhana jeera
(if you have it)
2 tsp.
freshly ground cumin powder
1 tsp.
turmeric powder
green chillies, chopped finely
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp.
butter or margarine
salt to taste
1 tsp.
black pepper
(more if you prefer spicier kababs)

Remove a small portion of the raw mince and set it aside. (Less than quarter). We'll use this later on.

Put the remaining mince directly into a pan, and add some coriander, garam masala, dhana jeera, cumin powder, turmeric, salt, ginger/garlic, green chillies and some of the lemon.

Place the pan on medium heat and dry the mince, keep stirring the mixture regularly so that it it's evenly cooked and doesn't form lumps. Once it's totally dry (when you notice it starting to stick to the bottom of the pan) spill the mixture into a bowl and set it aside for a while. Using the same pan, put the butter, heat it a little, then add the grated onions and black pepper and stir fry them until the onions soften.

Pour back the dried mince into the onions n stir thoroughly on low heat. Taste and adjust salt/pepper/lemon according to your taste. Switch off and let the mixture cool.

Once the mixture is completely cool, add the raw mince you had set aside earlier, gram flour, egg, the soaked n drained bread and a pinch of soda bicarbonate if you like (helps make the kababs soft but make sure you add this right before frying otherwise your kababs will be too soft and might fall apart in the oil). Mix thoroughly until the mixture is completely combined. Make a dip in the center of the mixture, put a small piece of foil, light a coal n place it on the foil, then pour a drop of oil on the coal and cover the bowl for about 2 minutes so that the mixture of kabab has a nice smoked smell.

Shape the kababs and fry!

If kababs break during frying, mash them back in the mixture and add a bit of gram flour, shape and fry again.



Assalam Fauzia,I want to know whether we can make this with chicken? It tastes good with beef,thank u for your receipes.Mashaallah!!!

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W/Salaam, yes you can make it with chicken. And thank you! :)

Can I substitute the soaked bread for bread crumbs?? If not what kind of bread should I use?

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Yes you can use breadcrumbs, however I find its best to use soaked bread because that extra moisture it gives adds moisture to the kababs themselves. White bread slices are perfect for this.

Pls what is dhana Jeera and also can I use plain white flour instead of gram flour?

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Dhana Jeera is a mixture of dhania/coriander powder and jeera/cumin powder. The two are mixed in equal quantities. Yes you can use white flour instead of gram flour (although gram flour gives better results and flavour).

Salam fauzia, I just discovered your website! And I am lovin your recipes more by d day! Pls what is gram flour

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W/Salaam, thank you! Gram flour is also known as besan or chickpea flour or lentil flour.

aslm, can you tell me the method to freeze and thaw these kababs

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W/Salaam, fry them then pack in an airtight container lined with plastic wrap. When ready to use, remove them and let them thaw for a few hours or heat them slightly in the microwave until soft.

love u fauziaji.b blessed.

s/w thank u so much fauzia.

just wanted to say that,you're AMAZINGGGGG *huuug*

salaams fauzia, How many kebabs can you make out of this?

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W/Salaam, about 30 depending on size.

Salam Fauzia,
I am newly married and ur recipes help me alot:) Thank you so much.May God bless you.

Assalmu aleiku fauzia.hope u doing gud in this bleesed month of ramadhan.alhamdulilh it wend gud n nw looking forward ford idd from mbsa.i really like ur recipies.thanku for sharing the recipies.hope u gv us mre recipies of veg currys eg: aubrbergine,ladyfingers. N many mre plz. Jazakallah.

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W/Salaam, please check the Veggies folder for all those recipes and more. :)

salaams fauzia. we tried your kebab aond other dishes recipes, and they turned out deilicious. everyone who tried it, was amazed. for years were were looking for these recipies, and we finally found them on your website.thankyou very much for sharing them.

have you tried the mushkaki and its chutney from mubeens in mombasa? i am looking for that recipe, please let me know if you have any ideas.

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W/Salaam and thank you! Yes I love Mubeens, try this combination, not 100% same but close! Mushkaki and Tamarind

Fauzia, jazakillahul khair. Thank you sooooooo much. Your recipes r second to none. Pls kp up the gud work.

asak,masha Allah!u r so organized.jazakallahukhair!

MaashaAllah! Only Allah can reward u wallah! U r Really saving ALOT of marriages! Jazakallahu khairan Katheeran

Thank you so much for sharing your recipes, enjoyed

do i have to deep fry them?

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wat is dhana jeera

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Refer to previous comments.

Tried this recipe exactly as is except for the bicarbonate soda. It came out very well, almost like the one in the pic. Thank you for sharing your experiments and discoveries with others. When I'm lost for ideas you help me. The best thing is your recipes are precise in detail and comes out really well even on the first try.

as salaamu alaikum fauzia. i just love your's too good. Alhamdulillah. keep up your good works.

can i use just beef cubed , cooked and then chopped very finely instead of minced beef ? I have my daughters birthday party coming up & i have selected all my dishes form your website . Thank you so much .

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Have not tried with beef cubes. If possible, mince the cubes after cooking.

is it must to add soda bicarbonate baceuse i have to make 60 kababs. and is it necessary to keep 5breads or more than that it is fine

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It adds softness but you can leave the soda out. Too much bread will make the kababs doughy. Best to stick to this amount or if you adjust do not make too big an adjustment the first time you try them.

Is it possible to bake the kababs than fry?

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I have a baked kabab recipe in this folder, best to follow that for the baked version.

can we freeze the mixture n fry them the next day or wen wished...if we add the soda bicarbonate n freeze it will that cause the kababs to fall apart while frying

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Yes you can freeze the mixture. No need to add the soda bicarbonate if you are freezing.

Asalamualaikam thank you so much for your wonderful recipes. How long do we soak the bread for in this recipe?

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W/Salaam, just 3-5 minutes.

I just wanted to give you all a top. When making kebabs if you put like half a cup of porridge oats it makes it stick together so when you fry it they don't all come apart. Faiza I absolutely love your website sis. I always come on and you give me ideas of what to make at home even though I edit some of the recipes sometime but really thank you very much

Instead of gram flour,can i use the normal flour?

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You can try although am not sure if it will give you the same results taste-wise.

Assalaam Alaykum, god bless u sis and Ramadhan Kareem

Assalaam ale kum
Are these kebab deep fried or shallow fried?
Thank you

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W/Salaam, deep fried.

hi Fauzia, i must say your recipes are amazing. i have a question, i made kebabs but they fell apart when i was frying them. could you please be of help? also, would you happen to have a whatsapp group or classes that i can attend? thank you so much

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Hi! You can add some more breadcrumbs or gram flour/chickpea flour and that will help hold the mixture together better. I do not give classes, thanks for asking though! :)

Hi you have a recipe for deep fried kebabs the kind that is dipped in egg before frying?