Monday, June 30, 2008

Green Kababs



"Shami Kababs" are prepared with cooking lamb with lentil and spices. The cooked meat is processed to a smooth dough which is then shaped and roasted. To make the kababs healthier i'm using some of my favorite greens like spinach ,cilantro and mint. These roasted kababs are very rich in protein and excellent to stuff in sandwiches or eat with plain rice and dal.

Green Shami Kababs

What you'll need is
1 lb lean Beef or lamb cut in small pieces
1/2 cup cilantro chopped
1/2 cup spinach chopped
1/2 cup mint chopped
1/4 cup Chana Dal(Yellow split lentils)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chilly powder
1/2 teaspoon Cumin and coriander powder
2 whole Cloves and Cardamon
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves garlic
1/2 inch ginger root or 1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
EVOO for roasting the kababs

To make the Green Kababs
Soak the lentil in cold water for an hour.
Clean meat by running it through cold water and squeeze any excess water. pat dry with a paper towel.
Mix all the ingredients besides oil in a pressure cooker or a skillet. Cover and cook for 12 minutes in a pressure cooker and about 40 minutes in a covered skillet. When the meat is tender , cook on medium high flame until all the water is dry.
Blend in to a dough consistency. Make round or diamond patties .
Heat a non stick pan on medium low flame.

Roast the patties on both sides now add a tablespoon EVOO and let roast until light brown on both sides.

Serve with Rice and lentil soup or make a sandwich.

Health nut substitute

If you don't like whole spices in your kababs add a teaspoon of garam masala instead(Powdered cinnamon cloves cumin and cardamom)

This protein rich recipe has been sent for the Protein Rich Contest


Green Baked Kababs

Baked kababs have no lentils in them just minced meat and blend of spices. Again i'm making these kababs greener by using herbs and spinach.Eat with salads or rice, these kababs can be part of your healthy and protein rich diet.

1 lb minced lean Beef or lamb or chicken
1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped
1/2 cup spinach finely chopped
1/2 cup mint finely chopped
1/2 cup onion chopped
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chilly powder
1/2 teaspoon Cumin and coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala(Powdered cinnamon cloves cumin and cardamom)
1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
1/2 teaspoon sea salt


To make the Baked Kababs
Preheat oven to 400F.
Clean meat by running it through cold water and squeeze any excess water. pat dry with a paper towel.
Mix all the ingredients besides oil in a mixing bowl. Keep aside for few minutes . take the bamboo skewers and stick the meat mixture. Brush your Kababs on skewers with a little EVOO. Too much could break the kababs .Line your cookie sheet and lay the skewers on the sheet.

Bake for about 8 minutes. Turn once and bake for another 7 minutes before serving with tangy Mint Chutney.





Tangy Mint Chutney

What you'll need is

2 cups chopped mint leaves
1 teaspoon tamarind
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 green chilly (or more depending on you taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon EVOO

To make the chutney
Blend all the ingredients to a smooth consistency. Serve with kababs .




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