Shami kebab

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Shami kebab
4th October 2012 Shami Kebab.jpg
Shami Kebab with pasta, served on a bed of cucumbers
Place of origin Punjab, Pakistan and India
Region or state Indian subcontinent
Main ingredients Meat, fish and spices
Variations Many variations exist
Cookbook:Shami kebab  Shami kebab

Shami kebab or Shaami kebab (Punjabi: شامی کباب, Urdu: شامی کباب‎, Hindi: शामी कबाब) is a popular local variety of kebab in subcontinent. It is a part of Afghan, Indian and Pakistani cuisine [1]s. A variation of the Shaami kebab is also found in Bangladeshi cuisine. It is composed of a small patty of minced or ground meat, (usually beef or mutton in India, but occasionally lamb or mutton), with ground chickpeas, egg to hold it together, and spices.[2]

Shami kebabs are a popular snack throughout Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.[3][4] They are often garnished with lemon juice and/or sliced raw onions, and may be eaten with chutney made from mint or coriander. They are also served along with Sheer Khurma during Eid celebrations.


Shaami Kebab is one of the many local variants of the Kebab from Afghanistan and India. Shami Kebab has its origins in the word Shami( Meaning Evening in Dari, Hindi and Urdu languages) . Since it is eaten as a snack in the evening so the word is derived from this word. Some people claim its origins due to the word Shaam from Arab lands but no Arab cuisines has this variant at all so it is pretty much authentic local kebab of the North India specifically the Punjab region.


Shami Kebab ready for frying.

Shami kababs are boiled or sauteed meat and chick pea lentils (chana daal) with whole hot spices (garam masala, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves bayleaf), whole ginger, whole garlic and some salt to taste until completely tender. Onions, turmeric, chili powder, egg, chopped coriander and mint leaves may be added in preparing kebab. Garam masala powder (ground spices) may be used in place of whole hot spices.[5][6][7]

The cooked meat is then ground in such a way that it should be fibrous and not become paste. This is then shaped into diamond or round patties, then shallow fried.


Shami kebabs may be served with roti along with ketchup, hot sauce, chilli garlic sauce, raita or chutney. Before serving the kebabs it is also common to dip them in a beaten egg mixture and double fry them. They are also commonly eaten in Hyderabad with ordinary rice and/or chapati.

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