Today I bring you a very simple and tasty recipe, that of authentic seekh kebab. A spicy and juicy flavor that will take you to its place of origin: India and Pakistan.
These small skewers made with beef, lamb, or chicken are a very easy delight to prepare at home and a festive dish to impress your guests.
As I have already mentioned, these skewers come from South Asia and are usually cooked in a tandoor oven or over the heat of the charcoal on a barbecue. In our case, we are going to make them in the pan with a little vegetable oil, but know that they are an excellent option to cook on any garden barbecue.
The key to the success of seekh kebab or Indian style kebab is in its mix of spices. That said, do not worry if you are missing any of the species listed in the ingredients, because they will also be very tasty.
Before starting with the recipe remember that you can use the meat that you like the most, even soy protein if you are vegan/vegetarian.
This time I have prepared my seekh kebab with good quality minced.
Now, let’s go with the ingredients and the step-by-step of these small and spicy seekh skewers.
Ingredients for 4 people – Seekh Kebab
• 500 g of minced meat
• 1/2 onion
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 1 finger of ginger
• 1 or 2 chilies (depending on your taste for spiciness)
• Vegetable oil
• Wooden, metal, or bamboo skewer sticks
Spice mix – Seekh Kebab
• ½ teaspoon of red chili powder (or more if you are a spicy lover like me)
• 1 teaspoon coriander seed powder
• ½ teaspoon ground cardamom or the inside of 2 or 3 ground seeds
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 2 cloves (grind heads with fingers)
• ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• Ground black pepper
• A pinch of fenugreek seeds (optional)
• 1 teaspoon mango powder or amchoor (optional)
Preparation of the Seekh Kebab
- First chop the onion very finely and crush the garlic cloves and ginger until you get a homogeneous paste.
- Mix the minced meat with the minced onion and the garlic and ginger paste and add salt to your liking.
- Continue adding all the spices that are detailed in the ingredient list. We have left the last two as “optional” because they are usually more difficult to find. Do not worry, the taste of your seekh kebab is not in danger. If you wish, you can also give it an extra point of flavor by adding a pinch of garam masala .
- Knead and blend all the ingredients very well so that the flavors come together. Let them sit in the fridge or at room temperature for two to three hours to set.
- Now for the funniest part. Roll into balls of roughly the same size and spread the meat around the skewer sticks . You will have a kind of elongated meat cylinders with the stick in the middle.
- Once you have all your skewers ready, place them in a pan with a drizzle of vegetable oil or on a barbecue over medium heat and cook, stirring from time to time. You already have some delicious seekh kebab ready for the whole family.
Seekh Kebab ready to cook
Marathi Gola Seekh Kebab
This variant of seekh kebab is also very popular in some regions of India and Pakistan. The difference from traditional seekh kebab is that dried papaya and fried onion are added to the mixture of meat and spices.
There I leave it, in case you dare to try it 😉
Chicken Seekh Kebab
Another highly recommended option is to make your seekh kebab with chicken or turkey breast, substituting the minced meat. The production process is identical, only one ingredient changes.
The best thing about this recipe is that the chicken breast is much leaner and healthier than the minced meat and that it is also just as rich.
These strong and super tasty Indian-style skewers are usually accompanied by some type of chutney sauce and some parathas (typical Indian bread).
Here are some recipes for chutney sauce to give your kebabs a touch of extra flavor:
• Coconut chutney
• Tomato chutney
• Cilantro and spinach chutney
Finally, remember that these skewers work wonderfully with fresh juice. Yum yum 🙂