Thursday, 21 October 2010

Chicken Seekh

Well, here you go Fatima :) These are my take on seekhs.. though I ususally go for wooden skewers, this time I've used metal ones. They're longer, hence quicker. Another thing is, though the seekhs tasted very mild and soft, it was a tad diffifcult to get them on the skewers.. which I resolved by first making long kababs and then inserting the seekh in each.. Also, I fried some of them, the rest I grilled in the oven. I must confess, I prefered the fried ones more.. they were jucier.. I guess that had to do with the grill heat. . I'm assuming it will be better on a real charcoal grill.. So, please do try and give me ur feedback. Ok, so here goes:

You will need:

1 kilo chicken mince
3 medium onions, minced in the processor
6 to 8 cloves of garlic
large piece of ginger
1 bunch of coriander
2 small eggs - make sure they're SMALL.. if u only have large, just use one
breadcrumbs of 3 slices of white bread - make them fresh
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp each of garam masala and nutmeg-mace-cardamon powder mix
1 level tsp salt, or to taste
1 level tsp each of coriander and cumin powder
1 full tsp each of black salt, curry powder and black pepper powder
1 and half full tsp aamchoor powder (mango powder)

Do this:

1- process the coriander with ginger and garlic and onions. Add all to chicken mince and process in processor/grinder again
2- add the breadcrumbs, spices, and eggs and mix all well. Let it rest for half an hour in the fridge
3- form the kababs and insert the skewers inside

4- fry a few of the kababs in oil and set the skewers on the grill or in the oven

5- serve with rice or parathas

I fried some green chilies, slices of one small lemon and a cup of peas in hot oil. Added water and cooked the rice as normal damm rice. Once done, I made a small 'tunnel' in the rice and poured some orange food colour without mixing it.

The kababs I fried, I tipped onto the rice with the frying oil.

The whole lot I served with a tomatoe chutney - just blend half a bunch of mint leaves, 2 cloves of garlic with a little water finely. Add 3 quartered tomatoes to it and blend lightly so that you have a rough chutney. Spice it with a pinch of salt and juice of one lemon.

So, there u go.. I didnt add green chillies to my kababs, because the children wouldnt have eaten it. But you can, if you want to. Have fun and do give me ur feedback.


  1. Thank you so much for the recipe. Sorry for the delayed response. Recently moved into new apt so was working on settling in. Made the kebabs for the housewarming party this past weekend and everyone loved them. Couldn't grill them as it hasn't been set up yet but even the fried ones were absolutely delicious! Thanks once again!

  2. Lovely! Alhamdolillah that they turned out good and were liked. Am really happy.. and it was a pleasure.. so, may your new home be blessed for you and ur family. Take care :)

  3. Mouth watering indeed!!!! Looks so soft and so yummmy and the combi wth rice is always a hit!! Keep it coming girl!!!!!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing these delicious recipes.


  6. Alhamdolillah and thank you too :)

  7. hi Ruhina, just wanted to ask ifamchor powder is not available? an alternate?

  8. and one more things, in the spices, the second last us aid:black, curry powder and black pepper powder.. so wat is black? thnx..i wana try demm... :)

  9. and if i dun have amchoor powder, is there any alternate?thnx

  10. Hi Radiya. Anything basically that would give it a 'khatai' taste. If you have lemon, use that. Or pomegranate powder. If none, then some chaat masala. These are substitutes. But aamchoor is really the best option.

  11. Thanks alot ruhina, will tr to find amchor from an near b store, otherwisw ill use lemon... thnx and one thing in the end u said in spices : black,curr powder and black pepper powder? wat is black? is tht b mistkae or anthing else? thnx

  12. Radiya, I'm sorry - looks like my thoughts ran away before completing the sentence :) It's black salt :)I've changed it. Thanks for pointing it out.. and good luck :)

  13. hi ruhina, im making it wid beef mince, after marinating it feels a bit dry, wat to do?or leave it as it is?will it be ok wen doing bbq?

  14. Sorry dear, just saw this. Have u already made them? if so, how did it go? Otherwise, if u have the option, fry them, instead of bbq. Or do u mean that the marinade seems a bit less? or the prepared kababs dry? You can add some more onions - very finely chopped/crushed to it. That will make it more moist. Also, mix in some ghee with the mince.. before you form it. Let me know how it went..

  15. Oh - and yes, bbq stuff is usually slightly drier than fried.. so dont worry..InshaAllah it will be ok...

  16. I made these 5 days ago, and they were such a huge hit that I'm making them again tonight - thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  17. Alhamdolillah - thank you for telling me :)


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