Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Beef Kebab

The second category for this month's blogging marathon is Kebabs. Actually i took up this category because there were no other categories left. But then I ended up making some very good kebabs.

I did some research on kebab since I was not sure what a kebab means. I have always thought only non-veg recipes would fit into kebab categories. But my blogging marathon friends were posting vegetarian recipes also. Some of the kebab recipes were deep fried, some were shallow fried, some were baked, some were grilled. So what is the base of this kebab?

From my research I infer that the word kebab originated in the middle east and meant some meat + vegetables - grilled on skewers. But over time this has evolved. Kebab dishes can consist of cut up or ground meat or seafood, sometimes with vegetables; cooked on a skewer over a fire, or like a hamburger on a grill, baked in a pan in an oven, or as a stew; and served with various accompaniments according to each recipe. These days even fried foods which contain meat and vegetables are called kebabs. 

I here started with Beef Kebab - a deep fried snack item with ground beef and some vegetables. This can also be baked I guess.


Beef - 250 grams
Potato (boiled) - 2 big ones
Onion (finely chopped) - 1 big
Capsicum (finely chopped) - 1/2 or 50 grams
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Green chillies (finely chopped) - 2
Coriander leaves - few
Salt - to taste
turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Oil - to deep fry


  • Cook the beef with salt and turmeric powder until soft. I pressure cooked the beef for 5 whistles. Beef generally takes a longer time to get cooked. 
  • In pan add 1 tsp of oil. Fry the shopped onions and capsicum until they are half cooked.
  • Once the beef is cooled down, grind it in a mixer. Just pulse it twice or thrice.
  • Mash the boiled potatoes. Add the ground beef, fried onions and capsicum, salt, garam masala powder, chopped green chillies, chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.
  • Make small patties. I made little long oblong shapes just for a difference.
  • Deep fry in oil until golden brown. 

Beef Kebab is ready!! serve with tomato sauce and mint chutney!!


  • The cooked beef already has salt. So add remaining salt accordingly.
  • I generally cook 1/2 kg - 1 kg beef and keep some aside to make cutlets or kebabs.
  • You can coat the patties with little corn flour diluted in water and coat them with bread crumbs and they deep fry. This will give a good crunchy texture. 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#67


  1. Good that you ended up enjoying yourself and treating your family too..this must have been so good..

  2. I too ask the question.. what's kebab and how is it different from cutlets? Great recipe for beef lovers..

  3. Looks super crispy, am sure beef lovers will definitely love this kebab.

  4. Learnt something new about kebabs today, I was confused what they meant. Your kebabs look great.