Recipe by Yakuta
"This is a spicy and extremely flavorful recipe which will surely be a hit at any BBQ party."
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lean ground lamb
onions, finely chopped
fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
cilantro, finely chopped
green chile paste
Excellent! Finely chopped ingredients are a must-big chunks make the whole thing fall apart.
Add bread crumbs to stiffen the mixture. Also put in freezer for a bit before grilling to make the skewers hold together.
Don't leave on the grill for too long as they cook faster than you may think.
Goes well with a nice ale.
I made with 2 separate batches, one with beef and other with chicken. Chicken was way too wet and did not hold together on the skewer. Used about a cup of breadcrumbs, which did not help either. Beef kebabs turned out well, but still required about 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs for it to hold together. I noticed someone using flour to hold together falafels, may use that next time. Will make again but cut down the amount of mint and increase coriander.
This is a great, unique BBQ recipe! You may need to add some bread crumbs to the mixture if your ground lamb is moist.
This recipe is excellent. We love it! I made it twice - once using lamb and once using beef. We liked it both ways. Also, I made it in the oven instead of on a BBQ and was satisfied with the result.
3/5/06 This is a great recipe - I LOVE the combination of mint and cilantro! Also, when I make kebabs (Indian or Greek) I often use half ground lamb, half ground beef - the flavor is really excellent, and the meat stays a little more moist than if using just lamb. I serve these on warm split naan breads or paratha with a drizzle of cucumber raita. With a leafy salad, some onion chutney, and a couple of pappadums, this makes an awesome meal. 8/9/07 Made these again for lunch today. Absolutely outstanding. I'd forgotten how much I love them! Thanks so much, Yakuta!
I used the food processor to chop the onion and cilantro and had no problems with it falling apart. Only had dried mint so used 1 tbsp. of that. I waited a few hours and took a small portion of it and made a 'sample' hamburger to see what needed to be tweeked. It tasted very nice and I could see it would hold together for kabobs. I did add 1 tsp. of allspice because having company from Jordan for dinner so wanted to tweak this a little middle eastern. Soaked the skewers first so I would not need to call the fire dept. later. Put these on the broiler pan lined w/aluminum foil brushed w/oil and put them in the broiler. These would be great on the summer grill. Served these with "Red Lentil Curry" and "Indian Spiced Rice" here on allrecipes and it made a very nice meal. Great presentation on the skewers.
I did something a bit different: I used turkey instead of lamb. And I don't use the two pastes (since I don't have them), but add a bit of ginger powder instead. My adjusted version has always turned out amazingly well. I have done it several times, and even grilled them on a George Forman grill a few times - they always turn out great and get fabulous reviews from my friends (Many people have asked for the recipe).
I thought these kababs tasted fantastic. The chopped mint and cilantro really adds a lot of flavor. I did, however, make a few changes. I made the kababs as stated substituting ground beef for lamb and minced chilies instead of green chile paste. I allowed the mixture to marinate overnight (the longer the better), brushed the patties with olive oil, and grilled them on my George Foreman grill.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Indian Style Sheekh Kabab
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 304
** Calories from Fat: 203
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