Chapli Kebab … A rare Delicacy …

The history of the kebab traces back to myriads of both Asian and African cuisines. The word kebab means ‘to roast’. The term can also be referred to as a meat patty mixed with spices.In Asian countries, kebabs are served mostly with rice and salad, however it is now served in different forms with bread as well.

Chaprikh is a Pashto word meaning flat, and chapli is a derivation of this particular word; hence a flat round kabab . Chapli is very popular among Pakistani Pashtuns. Furthermore, it is a popular food item both in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  . I visited a Afgani restaurant in Lajpat Nagar , New Delhi … They served it with a Afgani bread … though we would take  breads later on …

 Ingredients

  • 500 g minced meat
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic  and ginger paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large tomatoes , finely chopped, seeds removed
  • 2-3 green chilies , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp crushed red chilies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds , roasted  and crushed
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds , roasted  and crushed
  • 2 tbsp anar dana (dried pomegranate seeds ) crushed
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1 egg
  • Oil / Ghee  for frying

Method

  • Mix well all the ingredients in the mince except oil .
  • Keep aside for 1/2 hour .
  • Roll the mixture in round balls .Flatten (press by palms) the balls.
  • Heat oil for shallow frying .
  • Shallow fry the kababs till golden brown from both the sides.
  • Serve hot with breads and chutney

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