Tamarind Kababs

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Makes 25 kababs

These special little kababs are tangy, spicy, moist and delicious. They are great as a little appetiser, or part of a full meal. One of the best things about these kababs is that they can be either pan-fried or oven-baked.

(I used a beef and mutton mince mixture but even chicken mince will work)
small red onion, roughly chopped
1/2 tbsp
garlic paste
1/2 tbsp
ginger paste
2 tbsp
thick tamarind paste
2 tbsp
fried onion, crushed
green or red chillies
small handful of chopped coriander
(leaves and stems)
1 tsp
salt or to taste
1 tsp
paprika powder
1 tsp
black pepper powder
1/2 tsp
cumin powder
1/2 tsp
coriander powder
1/4 tsp
turmeric powder
juice of half a lemon
small egg, beaten
1-2 slices
brown bread, toasted and grinded into crumbs
(or 2-4 tbsp breadcrumbs)
vegetable oil for frying
sweet or spicy tamarind sauce for glazing/serving

Recipe for my spicy tamarind sauce HERE. For my sweet tamarind, check HERE.

Mince the onion in a food processor and then squeeze out and discard all the excess water. Put the onion back in the machine and add the green chillies, chopped coriander, ginger, garlic, tamarind, lemon juice and fried onions. Blitz together to combine. Add the mince plus all the spices/seasoning and blend it all together.

Turn the mince mixture out into a bowl and add the breadcrumbs. Gradually add the beaten egg while mixing. 

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for about an hour.

When ready to cook, remove the mixture and take small amounts, shape them into the size you want. If the mixture feels too sticky, lightly wet your hands with some water before shaping. You can cover and refrigerate the kababs for a while, this will help them hold their shape during frying/baking.

Put a little oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the kababs, making sure to turn them regularly so that they are cooked through and browned from all sides. Once all are done, put the kababs in a pan and drizzle some tamarind sauce, then gently toss them over high heat so that the sauce forms a glaze over the kababs.

You can also bake these kababs on a lightly oiled tray in a hot oven (200 C) for about 5-8 minutes per side. When they are all done, arrange them on a tray and brush the kababs with tamarind sauce and put them under a hot grill for just a couple of minutes .

Optional: Finally, light a coal and smoke the kababs to give them a BBQ aroma and flavour. 

Serve with some extra tamarind dipping sauce.



Jazakallah khair for all your recipes.
I would like to know if there is any substitute for eggs in your kabab recipes as I have to cook for someone who is allergic to egg .Thanks in advance.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, you can omit the egg and add a little gram flour or a slice of bread soaked in milk (squeeze out the excess milk). This will help bind the mixture together as well as keep the kababs soft and moist.

AOA. Made these yesterday...I thought i could freeze half for later but... they were so delicious, I was asked to go back and fry the remainders..bless you dear fauzia!

Is food processor or grinder same thing?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Basically any kitchen appliance that can grind meat or blend it to a finer consistency.

Aoa Fauzia

Can I freeze the kababs after shaping them or do I shallow fry and then freeze for later use?


Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I would recommend that you fry and then freeze for later. That way you will just need to thaw them out and gently warm them up in a lightly oiled pan before serving.

Thanks :)

Asalam alikum
I love your recipes.
I tried this yesterday I turn out amazing.
Thank you