Vegetable Seekh Kebab

Passing through many kebab houses, I have always craved for vegetable kebabs and wished more places sell the veggie version. Then one day happened to see the NDTV Food Mad episodes were Rocky and Mayur go bonkers over mouth watering, scrumptious, juicy kebabs and to my surprise there were so many veggie versions. Inspired by the show, we set out to make these vegetable kebab's. Who thought making Seekh kebab's at home would be so easy! Always felt it required a tandoor and would involve some complicated process to get them to the long kebab shapes in which they are served in restaurants. OMG.. Not only is it easy, its also healthy and a great way to get vegetables into your meal.

2 medium potatoes, boiled and peeled
1 1/2 inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
1/2 cup french beans, finely chopped
3 green chilies, finely chopped
3/4 cup carrot, finely chopped
1/4 cup cabbage, shredded
1/4 cup, peas
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds (Shahi Jeera)
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon cashew powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
1 1/2 tablespoon gram flour
1/4 teaspoon garam masala
3 tablespoon breadcrumbs
1 tbsp vegetable Oil
Salt to taste
Fresh mint

  1. Cook the vegetables: Heat oil in a pan and add the caraway seeds. Saute them till they leave out fragrance. Then add the green chilies and ginger and saute for a minute. Now add the vegetables except the potatoes i.e. carrot, beans, cabbage and peas. The, add the turmeric powder. Fry the vegetables till they cook and begin to soften. Switch off the flame and let the vegetables cool down.
  2. Blend the vegetables into a coarse paste: Once the vegetables have cooled down, blend them in a mixer or food processor till they become a coarse paste.
  3. Mix the spices: Roast the gram flour in a pan on medium or low heat till it leaves an aroma. Then add the cashew powder and the vegetable paste and mix well to bind all the ingredients and switch off the flame. Its now time to blend in the breadcrumbs, pepper powder, cardamom powder, garam masala, potatoes and salt. Mix well.
  4. Shape and bake the kebab-on-skewers: Divide the mixture and wrap them on skewers. Line the skewers on a baking tray lined with baking paper or aluminium foil. Cook the kebab's for 10 - 12 minutes in the pre-heated oven, turning the kebab every 4 minutes.
  5. Shape and cook the kebab cutlets: Divide the mixture and roll it into small balls the size of a ping-pong ball. Then lightly press the top of the ball to flatten it into the shape of a flat patty or cutlet. You can either bake the kebab cutlets in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes or you can cook it on an greased pan over a stove top till the Kebab cutlets slightly brown on each side. 
  6. Enjoy your kebab's with a green chutney and some mint leaves.

  1. If using the oven to bake the kebabs, make sure you pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.
  2. If you do not have baking paper or aluminium foil use vegetable oil to grease your baking tray.
  3. Have fun shaping the kebabs to the shape and size of your preference.

Check out how to enjoy the kebab's in a wrap / sandwich. Watch out for our next post.. 

Recipe Courtesy: ChefHarpalSokhi


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