chicken-shami-kebebWhen I grew up I just know only tandoori chicken. Later, when I started cooking and exploring various possibilities and diversification, I came across so many varieties of takkas, kebabs and grills.

Originally, shammi kebab is made with mincemeat, i.e. lamp/beef. Everybody makes their version and they love it like that. But apart from these variations, keeping the soul of the recipe alive, is what makes one a good cook.

Chicken Shammi Kebab made from cooked chicken, chana dal and a range of masala and then fried till crisp. It is deliciously spicy and hot. It is a great starter for lunch or dinner.

This can be served with chutney and salad…

chicken-shami-kebeb2Chicken Shammi Kebab Recipe


  • 500 gm Chicken Cubes, Boneless
  • 1/3 cup Chana Dal
  • 1 tbsp. Coriander Chopped
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp. Ginger Paste
  • 3 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Onion Sliced
  • 1 Potato Peeled Cubed
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Lentil Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 2-3 tbsp. Coriander Chopped Fresh


  1. Sock chana dal for minimum 4 hours.
  2. In a pressure cooker, cook chicken along with chana dal, coriander, garlic and ginger paste, green chillies, onion, potato cumin powder and turmeric powder.
  3. Add ½ cup of water, chicken should cook completely and dal and potatoes should be soft.
  4. Strain and keep aside to cool.
  5. Once it is cooled mince the mixture until smooth.
  6. Turn it out into a bowl and add chana/ lentil flour and 1/2 of the beaten egg.
  7. Add the garam masala, lemon juice and chopped coriander.
  8. Mix well.
  9. If the mixture feels dry, you can slowly add the rest of the egg one teaspoon at a time and mix.
  10. If it feels too sticky, add 1-2 tbsp of a breadcrumbs and mix.
  11. At this point you can refrigerate or even freeze the mixture until needed.
  12. I like to test fry one small shami to taste for salt and adjust if needed, you can do that if you want.
  13. Make round shape kebabs of the mixture and pan fry them in little oil.
  14. If needed can coat the kebabs in slightly beaten egg.
  15. One can serve this with any chutney.

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