Sheekh Kebabs in a Pan- Melt in the Mouth Delicacy

My earliest Sheekh kebab memory is from my childhood when  dad used to drive me to a tiny water front kebab joint which served the tastiest kebabs in town.I don’t think there were any other kebab joints back then,at least none that I knew of. Like it is popularly said, the first impression is always the best. It was a drive in kind of place, where you could park your car right next to the charcoal grill and watch your kebabs and the flaky rotis(flat breads)being made.The delicious aromas, the sizzling sounds and the view of serene water made it all a beautiful experience. Ever since, I have tasted delectable Sheekh kebabs at fancy restaurants in different places,but for me…. those at the water front joint with my dad were by far…. the best.

As I grew up I  did try making Sheekh kebabs at home, but then it was a cumbersome process setting up the charcoal grill. To add to the woes,midway through the grilling,the meat would mischievously fall off the skewers (sheekh) right on the hot coals. And grilling them in the oven never gave the results I was expecting.I almost gave up on the idea of making Sheekh kebabs at home until I got to an ultimate,no fuss recipe which can be easily made in a pan and produces the most succulent,flavorful and melt in the mouth kebabs…….after all isn’t that exactly how  Sheekh kebabs should be. The best part of the recipe is that you can make the dough, press them on individual wooden skewers and store in the freezer. All you have to do is  thaw just as many  you want to use.

If you have been hunting for a delicious,tried and tested easy to make Sheekh kebab recipe,you are on the right page. Scroll down to note or print it.

All good dishes have a basic requirement….good quality and fresh ingredients.Meat especially has to be fresh and tender. Even a hint of staleness can ruin the entire recipe. There is a local online store  Fish & Meat which delivers a variety of seafood and meats right to your doorstep . They graciously sent me a packet of lamb mince to review. The mince was absolutely fresh,tender,finely cut and neatly packed,just how I wanted for my recipe. If you are in and around Hyderabad,you must check their website. The wide variety of seafood available is quite impressive. The best part is each and every item comes well cleaned and in a variety of cuts.

Sheekh kebabs in a Pan

  • Servings: 12-15
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients Set 1

  • 750 g lamb mince
  • 3 onions grated and fried crisp
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1-2 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder(3 cloves, 3 cardamoms, 3 cinnamon sticks)
  • juice of 1 big or 2 medium lemons
  • 2 heaped tbsp. kababchini powder
  • 2 inch peel of a raw green papaya blended to a paste

Ingredients Set 2

Method:

  1. Wash and clean the lamb mince. Leave it in a strainer for half an hour till there is not a drop of water left in it.
  2. Soak 12-15 wooden skewers in water so that they don’t burn while frying.
  3. Blitz all the ingredients from set 1 along with the mince.
  4. Add the roasted gram powder little by little until you form a smooth but firm dough.
  5. Take a lemon sized ball of dough and press into shape on the wooden skewer.
  6. Repeat the process until the dough lasts.
  7. Rest in the fridge for at least  an hour.
  8. Take a flat non-stick pan and put 2 tablespoons oil.
  9. Place the meat skewers in medium hot oil and turn when they are red at the bottom.
  10. Flip and fry the other side.
  11. The frying process should not take more than 5 minutes in all because the papaya skin tenderizes the meat and it takes very little time to cook. If you leave it longer the meat can become tough.
  12. If you cannot find a raw papaya you can use any other meat tenderizer. Though the  taste is best when you use papaya skin.
  13. Serve with mint chutney, slices of onion, lemon wedges and flaky parathas.
  14. Enjoy delicious sheekh kebabs with your family.

 

 

 

Wasn’t that easy. Go ahead and surprise your family and friends with this exotic and delicious starter.

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34 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh my god… moth watering on a new level, these reminds me of “Shish Kafta” I have had in middle-eastern restaurants, love a homey recipe 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much. That’s very kind of you😊

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  2. Megala says:

    I would like to try the same without meat but with potatoes & other veggies !

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    1. skd says:

      That’s a nice idea. Maybe paneer too. Thanks for stopping by Megala😊

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  3. These look so tasty! Love the spices you’ve used. I’ll see if I can get such green papaya, as you got me curious about it! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Ronit. If not at a store I am sure you will get one at the local farm.

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  4. petra08 says:

    How clever to pan fry them, and making a batch to freeze, a great recipe and they sound so good 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks Petra. They turn out really well.

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  5. I was thinking about kafta too – from a Turkish cooking class. Looks and sounds like a great recipe Ana 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Judi. I have made this several times over now and it turns out beautifully every single time.

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  6. Mutharunnisa Begum says:

    Wow MashaAllah delicious mouth watering

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you😊🌸

      Like

  7. Yum! Save one for me, please! 😀

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    1. skd says:

      I would love to share them with you😊

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  8. Christy B says:

    Yes please – I’ll be over soon 😉

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    1. skd says:

      Oh definitely! you are most welcome. I would love to have you over 😊

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  9. skd says:

    Thank you Dad😊💖

    Like

  10. Antonia says:

    Yum, these look so good!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. skd says:

      Thanks Antonia😊

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  11. Oooh… It really does sound like it would melt in your mouth. Hugs.

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks dear Teagan. It really does😊 You must try it. Hope you had a nice weekend.
      Hugs and Regards💖

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      1. You’re so kind, Ana — thank you. I’m having physical difficulties (brought on from too many years of work stress), but I’m trying. The warmth of this blogging community helps a lot. 🙂 Hugs right back.

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  12. These look so good, I”d be making them right now, at midnight, if I happened to have the ingredients! Lovely share and I like hearing the story, too.

    Mollie

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Mollie. You must try them. It is the easiest and tastiest recipe for Sheekh kababs. I am sure you will love it too.

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  13. these look absolutely delicious 🙂 I wish i could grab a skewer

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    1. skd says:

      Haha! Thanks! I really wish you could😊

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  14. Sumith says:

    Absolutely Stunning! Loved Tha addition of papaya. Thanks for the share Ana.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much. Papaya works as a tenderiser for that succulent melt in the mouth taste. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  15. Sandhya says:

    Ana, I am drooling over those Sheekh kebabs. Your memory of eating them with your dad is so precious! I have memories of special foods with my parents too and nothing I make or eat comes close to that taste.
    I will try an make these for sure.

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  16. Sandhya says:

    How are you dear. I have not heard from you in a long time, so am worried. Hope all is well.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much dear Sandhya for asking. It means a lot to me. Had some tough time. My father in law was hospitalized and we were all worried. Unfortunately he passed away. He was the pillar of our entire family. A very strong personality and an amazing father. It was a difficult time for everyone of us. Trying to limp back to normalcy with a heavy heart.
      Thanks again dear💖

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      1. Sandhya says:

        I am so sorry to hear about your father in law, Ana. It must be such a difficult time for your family. He will always live in your hearts.
        Sending you hugs. Take care dear.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much. It is very kind of you.

      Liked by 1 person

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