Shami Kabab Recipe

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• Boneless Beef - 500 grams
• Split Chickpeas (Chana ki Daal): 250 grams
• 1 Small Ginger
Garlic: 8 Cloves
• Whole Red Chillies: 8 pcs
• Green Chillies: 6 pcs
• Hot SpIce Powder: a pinch
• Eggs: 2 pcs
Salt: To taste

How to make Shami Kabab


Hi, we are going to make shami kababs today. These are very tasty and can be served at various occasions.

1. First of all boil the meat, pulses and all other spices together in a pot.

2. Now grind the ingredients very well in a food processor.

3. After grinding the stuff, make patties of the batter with your hands.

4. Add oil in a pan and fry the patties.

5. Kababs are ready. Have them traditional Pakistani way; enjoy with coriander(dhania) chutney or tomato ketchup.

Chef Rahat Posted By: sharmeen, Karachi

Shami Kabab, also called and written Shami Kebab is a very famous variation of Kababs in the sub continent. Although, origin of Shami Kababs is Afghanistan, it has been adopted as a regular food in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Kababs are cooked with slight difference in different Asian Cuisines in terms of spices, ingredients and cooking style. It is made with a patty of ground meat (beef or mutton), with chickpeas, and eggs which creates stickiness and some spices for taste enhancement. To make Shami Kababs, first meat is minced, then mixed with eggs and ground chickpeas and then kneaded to mix all these ingredients well. Some additional spices like chili and pepper are also added to the mix to make them spicier. Round patties are then formed with hands which are fried to eat or stored for later use.

Shami Kabab is treated as a snack and sometimes as appetizer. It is a part of traditions in Sindh, Punjab and Kashmir region of Pakistan as well as in Uttar Pradesh in India. Shami Kebabs are treated as a favorite home and street snack in South Asia especially in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. For additional taste, it is usually served with lemon juice, chopped onions and mint chutney. It is common recipe to cook at Eid ul Fitr Celebrations.

Shaami Kebabs can be eaten in multiple ways. They are usually served with roti and chutney, without roti with tomato ketchup, hot sauce, chili garlic sauce or raita. They are also sometimes eaten with fried, Chinese or yakhni pulao.

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Reviews & Comments (137)

Farah - Faisalabad Jan 06, 2019
Shami kabab is one of my most favourite snack. I make them whenever any guest come to visit our place and this is a very easy recipe to make them. This recipe is on my top 10 recipe list.
Meraal - Karachi Oct 25, 2018
Shami kabab is the real essence of Pakistan. The most cultural snack of Pakistan people served at any event, tea time, dawat or anywhere anytime. Just love them.
Farheen - Hazara Oct 02, 2018
I just love this recipe of shami kebab. I served shami kebab with pulao and made green chutney with it. Everyone loved it. My husband is a fan of this combination of shami kebab and pulao. Thanks for sharing.
Saima Baig - karachi Aug 07, 2018
Shami kabab are very tasty treats that can be made in just a few minutes and can be preserved for later as well. I am very happy that I found this recipe. It is very delicious.
Faris - hyderabad Aug 01, 2018
While watching a movie or cricket, shami kabab is the one snack that i love to have. It's light, fulfilling and very tasty. It goes great with ketchup or mint sauce.


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Shami Kabab recipe is the local variety of kebabs from the Indian subcontinent. It is mostly the part of Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi cuisines. Shami Kabab recipe is composed of small patty of meat boiled and grinded with chickpeas and whole spices and ginger garlic. Then the boiled meat and chickpeas are blended with chopped onions and coriander and green chilies forming soft and spicy mixture for making small patties of kebabs. Egg is used for binding of patties which are then deep fried forming Shami kababs. Shami Kabab recipe is often made as side dish on every dinner table and also enjoyed alone. Shami kebabs recipe are served with chapattis and raita. Mostly people make Shami kebabs and preserve in their freezers and then just fry it whenever they want to eat.

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