Thursday, 17 December 2009

Chicken Shashlik... my way..

I'm sure there must be a way or two differently, to make this dish. I dont even know if its the real real one :) but it tastes a lot like the Bundu Khan one in Lahore.. plus, I love it :) So u try it...

You need:

For the chicken to marinate in:

1 kilo chicken breast cubes
1 tbls minced ginger and garlic
1 tbls soya sauce and vinegar each
1/2 tbls lemon juice
1 tsp sumac, or, 1/2 black salt
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp haldi powder
1/4 tsp dhania powder (coriander)
1/2 onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp red chili flakes

Veggies for sauce and seekhs, cut in cubes:

1 large green paprika
1/2 kilo tomatoes, remove insides and set aside
3, 4 small onions
1 tbls soya sauce
1/2 tbls white vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper

For the sauce

the insides of the tomatoes, chopped
125 ml tomato paste
1 tsp red chili
1/2 tsp, or to taste, salt
1 tbls soya sauce
1/2 tbls vingegar

For the rice
800 gms rice, soaked and pre-boiled
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

I have not written any quantities for the oil - in general I have used 2 tbls each time, almost.. the rest is as u would like it..

So, do this:

1- marinate the chicken in all the given spices, cover and set aside for at least an hour


2- after the hour is over,  make seekhs of almost all the cubes adding paprika, onion and tomato, leaving just about a quarter cup of the cubes. Brush with oil and let the skewers rest

3- heat oil in a pan and throw in the remaining veggies, adding all the spices for them. Fry for a few minutes and remove from heat. Fry the remaining chicken cubes, and add them to the veggies

4- make the sauce, add to the chicken/veggie mixture. If you like, keep some leftover, to decorate the rice with.. I didnt, used it all in the rice..

5- grill the seekhs - or fry them, as u wish.I half fried and half grilled. That went quicker. Keep warm

6- heat some oil in a pan and throw in a little of the garlic. As soon as it browns, add some rice. Fry the rice in batches, each time browning garlic and frying. Remove the rice and layer it in a broad dish which u can heat on the stove


7- make space in between all the rice and dip the sauce/chicken/veggie mix in. Place the skewers on top.

 8- heat a piece of coal, place it on foil and put that on top of everything. Cover and set the whole pot to heat slowly. This will give ur shashlik the aroma that is so enticing..

9- uncover, and enjoy! I grilled some tomatoes and onions to go.. choice is yours.

Some notes:

You can of course do it the traditional way.. make the skewers, fry just the veggies separately and make the sauce separate. Serve all three separate. I dont like that.. makes the food cold. I reason, if I am going to eat it all together, why not mix it all in? Personal preference, I guess. So, make and enjoy.


  1. Yummmmmmy looks delicious dear, mouthwatering!!!! Lovley pics and A1 presentation as always .-)

  2. looks really awesome. i tried it and it was really yummy.seriously where do u get ur ideas of cooking these delicious food.u have to give me ur secret.

  3. I like your recipes sooooooooo much they looks yummy and very colourful in picture i am hundred percent sure taste will also great i will try them. Do you have any other site? Here in this site you don't have too many recipes like baking, vegitables lentals, if you have any other sites than plz mention it here.

  4. Sorry Anonymous! Your comment has been waiting long for an answer.. I dont have any other site. If there is a special thing you would like to see, do let me know, I'll make and post it InshaAllah. Thank you for the kind words, they make me happy :)

  5. I tried your Chicken Shashlik a couple of weeks ago, it turned out wonderful! I actually have a request for you though. Can you teach me how to make Chicken Karhai please? My hubby is a Karachi wala and LOVES his Chicken Karhai. Sadly I have not passed the Karhai test...yet :) I'd like a Karhai recipe how they get in restaurants back home please. Whenever you have the chance. Lots of love, Anisa

  6. Wonderful.. Alhamdolillah that it turned out well. As to karahi, my pleasure.. only, there are two types - one with a lot of tomatoes but nothing else.. and one with a slight yoghurt gravy. Last I went to Karachi was when I was 21.. which is like light years ago :) So tell me what kind it is, and I'll teach u, inshaAllah.
    Thanks so much for trying and writing.. makes me feel really good :) Bless you. Lots of love.

  7. So I spoke to my hubby, he says the Karhai is the one with lots of tomatoes. But if you could please write the recipes for both I'll try them out. Whenever you have the chance to write them is alright. I'll be waiting. Lots of love.

  8. hi. in your first pic (chicken marinade) it looks like there are 5 or 6 spice powders (coriander, cumin?). however in your recipe theres only 2....sumac and chilliflakes (other than salt and sugar). please confirm. tks.

  9. Hi - and thanks for pointing it out. I've made the changes.. thanks again.. sometimes the hand is quicker than the mind :)

  10. wheres the ketchup yar main khud b shashlik banati hon pr bandu khan wala taste nai ata yar koi to batao

  11. Iss ko try karo.. phir mil ke soachtay hain, aur kya karna chahye :)

  12. So I have now made this like a thousand times! :) And it gets better every time! I have added one thing to it though, pineapple. I know it sounds weird, but we love pineapple and it really gives it a yummy sweet flavor. Thanks again for a wonderful recipe.

  13. Wonderful.. I love pineapple too.. will try it next time inshaAllah.. thanks for liking and trusting my dear... Love the fact that you're telling me this :)

  14. I've been to Pak 3 times now since I got married, but we live in Karachi and haven't been to Lahore. I told my husband the other day the next time we go I want to go to Lahore. He wanted to know why, I said cuz I want to go to Bundu Khan and have their Shashlik! I am in love with this recipe Ruhi!

  15. :) Good.. do that :) and thank you so much dearest for your comment :) And while ure on country tour, come to Peshawar and meet me :)

  16. Now that would be a dream come true Ruhi!

  17. Its a heartfelt invitation :)


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