This is a recipe for shami kababs made from scratch. Shami kababs are probably my favorite type of kabab with a mix of beef and chana daal (split bengal gram). This recipe uses a number of aromatic whole spices, which give them a lot of flavor. Next time that I make these though I will probably grind up the spices before adding them to the pot because grinding them up at the end resulted in a few chunks of whole spices in the mixture that I had to sift through and pick out which wasn't fun.
Other than that little mishap, these were amazing. The kebabs can be formed and frozen so that you can make a large bunch and freeze them for when unexpected guests pop in or for a quick dinner. All you have to do is pull them out of the freezer, coat with beaten eggs, and shallow fry them on a medium high heat skillet.
1 lb boneless beef, 1 inch cubed
1/2 cup channa daal, presoked for 1 hour
2 red onions, sliced
7-8 cloves garlic
2 inch ginger, sliced
7 dried red chilies
1 bay leaf
10 black peppercorns
10 whole cloves
2 cinnamom sticks
2 black cardamoms
10 green cardamoms
1 tsp whole cumin (zeera)
1 tsp whole corriander (dhania powder)
1 tsp salt, or to taste
4 cups water
1 egg, for binding the kababs together
more eggs for coating before frying
Serve with chutney
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