Reshmi Kababs

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Serves 3-4

The word Reshmi is an Indian word that means 'silk'. This is an apt description for these silken textured delicious kababs. 

500 gm
boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
small onion
1 tsp
green chillies
4 tbsp
chopped coriander
1/2 tsp
garam masala
1 tsp
black pepper powder
1 tsp
cumin powder
1 tsp
ginger paste
1 tsp
garlic paste
almonds, blanched and peeled then crushed to a powder
2 tbsp
heavy cooking cream
slices bread, crust removed
1 tbsp
lemon juice
1-2 tbsp
butter, melted

Clean and pat dry the chicken cubes. Grind the onion, remove and squeeze out all the excess water. Put the onion back in the processor and add in the salt, crushed almonds, chillies, coriander, lemon juice, ginger and garlic pastes. Grind to combine and form a smooth mixture. Next add the chicken cubes and process until the texture is smooth.

Turn this mixture out into a bowl. In the same machine, add the 2 slices of bread (make sure to remove the crust) and grind to form crumbs, set aside.

To the chicken mixture, add the garam masala powder, cumin powder, black pepper and the cooking cream, plus half of the crushed bread. Combine well. If the mixture feels too sticky, add in the remaining bread and mix. Cover and refrigerate for the flavours to develop and to help the bread absorb any excess moisture which will help with the shaping.

When ready to cook, remove the chicken mixture and shape on skewers. Grill or pan fry in a light drizzle of oil until cooked through, for about 3-4 minutes per side or until done. Brush them with melted butter just before serving.

Serve with accompaniments of your choice. These kababs keep well and can be frozen for up to 2 weeks.

Enjoy! :)


Assalamu'alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh sister. Can I omit almonds in this recipe? Will it make any difference please?

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W/Salaam, you can omit the almonds, however this particular recipe works best with almonds as they give it a really soft and silky texture and adds to the flavour. I also have another recipe for regular chicken seekh kababs which does not use almonds if you would like to take a look at that one.

Salam Fauzia. These kebabs look yummy. Can I use readymade almond powder instead of blanching and then crushing whole almonds? If yes, then how much almond powder should I use? Waiting for your reply.....thanks and God Bless!!

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W/Salaam, thanks. Yes you can use 1 tbsp of almond powder in place of the crushed almonds. Make sure that the almond powder is very fresh as normally once nuts are crushed to a powder they begin to change in flavour.

Assalam alaikum and Jazakallah khair for such a wonderful recipe. What makes me doubly happy is that it contains no eggs.
I will definitely try it Inshallah.

Can I use Nestle Cream?

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Yes you can.

dear Fauzia I;m going into kitchen to make these, just wondering can they be frozen? if yes then how? cooked or uncooked? or semi-?

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Freeze them after cooking, then later just allow them to thaw and warm them up gently in a lightly oiled pan.

Salams Fauzia!i want to know can i use ground almonds(the packeted ones).If so how many tablespoons roughly.

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W/Salaam, as mentioned in a comment above, approximately 1 tbsp of powdered almonds will do.

Assalam aleikoum. ..thanks 4 da wonderful recipes. ..jazakallah kheer. ..what if u don't hv heavy cooking cream??can u omit it?or any substitute?

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W/Salaam, for this recipe cream is crucial for giving the kababs that silky smooth texture. You can use whichever cooking cream that you have at home.

Fauzia, can u plz tell me how you squeeze water out from onion. Do u leave it in strainer?

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Yes in a strainer or even just scoop the crushed onion with your hand and squeeze out the excess water. We just try to get rid of any excess moisture just so that the kababs do not break during cooking.

Another big hit. Turned out to be delicious like other recipes. Thanks alot.

Assalamu alaikum... Di Yummmmyyy kababs.. Jazak allah fr d recipe...

Fauzia ! Should we put these with skewers when pan fry ?

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Yes you can fry with the skewer and then pull it off later OR use the skewers to shape and slide them off and into the pan. Either way is fine.

Salams☺️Can I have your contact number? Do you teach ?

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W/Salaam, I do not give out my number.

Thank you Fauzia ! Jazaka Allah for your quick reply.God Bless you.

Salam Fauzia! Yesterday I tried the recipe .Kababs were wonderful.Only one thing is that I failed to shape them up like yours,mine were just like Karelaas ...iol

Salam. I tried your recipe and it turned out to be amazing. Only that the kababs felt a little dry from inside and i want them to be more juicier. What can i do to make them juicy?

Also, can we use the same recipe with same ingredients for mutton/ beef?

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W/Salaam, did you add all the ingredients mentioned without any changes? Try to avoid over-cooking the kababs as well, coz that tends to dry the chicken mince.

And one more question
I have chicken mince so do I still have to run it through the grinder?

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If the mince is finely minced then no need to run it through the grinder.

Can de same recipe and procedure be used for beef mince?

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Hi,can I use whipping cream?

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Hi, if it is unsweetened, then yes you can.