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Step by step recipe of Pakistani Shami kabab with photos of each step.

I’m making these for school lunch box. My elder son is a meat lover and needs proper lunch so these kababs, Keema Cutletsand chicken nuggets are handy in the morning for quick-lunch preps. They can be used in making buns kabab as tikki for a shami bun kabab. In Pakistan, shami kabab are first thing to come in mind when thinking of Ramadan recipes as they are immensely popular and easy to make. As these kabab have cooked meat so you can store them for longer period.

Usually, shami kebabs are dipped in egg and then fried. But as I wanted quick frozen shami kababs. I have dipped these in egg and coated in bread crumbs. So, I just have to throw frozen kabab in hot oil and crispy shami kabab are ready.

My other Pakistani recipes are

Seekh kabab recipe

Soft and juicy Keema Cutlet

How to make Pakistani Shami Kabab Recipe

Pakistani Shami Kabab
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins

Delicious kabab; taste great with chutney in bun kabab.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Pakistani
Servings: 25 kabab
Prepping kabab
  • 500 gram boneless meat (gosht bagair haddi)
  • 4 tablespoons oil , see notes
  • 250 gram or 1 cup split chickpea  (channa ki dal), soaked
  • 1 tablespoon green chilli paste
  • 2 inch ginger or 1 ½ tablespoon ginger paste (adrak)
  • 4 garlic cloves or 1 tablespoon garlic (lahsun)
  • 6 round red chili or 1 teaspoon red chilli powder (sabut gol lal mirch)
  • 5 clove laung
  • 2 inch cinnamon (dal cheeni)
  • 1 black cardamom (bari elaichi)
  • 1 tablespoon corriander  powder (dhanya)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (sabut zeera)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (kali mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste
Forming kabab
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green chillies (hari mirch)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander (hara dhanya)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint (pudina)
  • 1 teaspoon chat masala
  • 200 gm or 1 large  onion, chopped (piyaz)
  • 2 egg, hard boiled (ubla howa anda)
  • 4 eggs (anday)
  • oil for frying
Prepping kabab
  1. In a pot take meat, split chickpea, ginger , garlic, salt, turmeric, coriander powder, red chili, cumin, cinnamon, black and green cardamom, cloves, oil and  one cup water. Cook for 30 minutes until meat is tender and daal is soft and mushy.

  2. Burn all the water with constant stirring. This step is important.
  3. Let the mixture cool. Then in a chopper make a smooth mixture of dal and meat.
Forming kabab
  1. In a large dish take kabab mixture, mint , fresh coriander, green chilies, chat masala, 2 boiled egg, 1 beaten egg and onion. Mix well.

  2. Make oblong or disc shaped kabab from the mixture.
  3. Beat remaining three egg with salt and 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder.

  4. Dip each kabab in egg and then in bread crumbs.
  5. Fry each kabab in oil until golden brown and serve hot.
  6. For freezing, Place all kababs separately in tray, freeze them for 2 hours. When kabab are fully frozen. Place them one on top of other in an air tight container and freeze. Fry frozen kababs directly in hot oil.

Recipe Notes
  • Instead shallow frying, you can also grill kabab on non stick pan on stove with a teaspoon of oil.
  • If you are using lean meat then add oil in preparing kabab or the kababs are too dry. 



Step by step recipe of Shami Kabab.

Take meat, split chickpeas, ginger , garlic, salt, red chili, cinnamon, black and green cardamom, cloves, oil and  one cup water.

Also add turmeric, coriander powder and cumin.

Cook until meat is tender and water dries completely. You can burn water or high flame with  constant stirring. Daal should be super soft and mushy.

Let the mixture cool then make a paste in chopper.

Add mint , fresh coriander, green chilies, chat masala,  2 boiled egg, 1 beaten egg and onion.

Mix well.

Make kabab, oblong or disc shaped.

Beat three eggs with salt and ½ teaspoon red chili powder. Dip each Kabab in egg first.

Then coat with bread crumbs.

Repeat same steps with all kababs.  Your shami kabab are ready to freeze or fry.

Pakistani Shami kabab

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