14.1.10

Seekh Kebab - Food On The Stick!




Seekh Kebab:(Mughalai Style)

India's finest cuisine was developed from 15th to 19th Century, during Mughal rule. Who raised cooking to an art form. When many Mughal emperors did enjoy the food, they also kept their feasting frequency very less. King Akhar who was once a glutton, became a poor eater in his older age...he kept many fast and also embraced vegetarianism. Jahangir and Shah Jahan continued the tradition and announced vegetarian meals in the royal kitchen on certain days.

Throughout the long Mughal history, (Babur, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, Aurangazeb...) were all fond of food and created a special wing to re-produce/re-invent/fuse the local cuisine. Many recipes were invented and fusion cuisine was thus born.

It is said that, they invented Shami Kebab for the Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah. Well, on contrary to many Mughal rulers this is a different story! In fact...he was a food addict. He ate continuously and became so fat that he could no longer ride a horse!! Even when he lost all his teeth (when he was old)...the quest for finest food didn't fail! So, they invented this minced meat kebab to satisfy his hunger. And only the finest cuts of the flesh was used for mincing the meat(qima) and which was turned into kebab, bit crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Ingredients:

Lamb/chicken - minced 1 bowl
Green chilies 3 finely chopped
Onion 1 large finely chopped
Ginger-garlic paste 1 spoon
Mint leaves few
Cilantro few
Poppy seeds 1 spoon
Pepper powder 1 spoon
Garam masala 1 spoon
Cumin powder 1/2 spoon
Coriander powder 1/2 spoon
Saffron pinch
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying or Charcoal oven.

Method:

Combine all the ingredients and shape them into long/desired shape kebabs.

Either deep fry them or cook them in a charcoal based oven till tender and nice.

Serve to go wit your main dish, like pilav or biriyani.

34 comments:

Happy cook said...

When ever i make this my daughter and hubby loves it, this looks really yumm.

Soma Pradhan said...

Very nice and interesting story.. I was aware that Akbar was tired of eating at one point of time of all good food. Didnt know this much in so detail.. and nice kebabs too

Gita said...

Very interesting story Malar...loved reading it...kabob looks delicious and tempting :)

Rachana Kothari said...

Dear Malar,
The Kebabs look great and a great piece of Info!

Priya said...

Such a delectable kebab, mouthwatering here..

Arundhuti S. Rama said...

Absolutely delectable Malar!

Asha said...

Tasty tasty, looks like spicy Italian sausages.
As I said before, my kids will be happy campers in your kitchen more than mine. They are self confessed carnivores! :D

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

I just love to read ur post Malar and learn something new each time.Delicious kebab:)

Valarmathi said...

Yummy recipe, looks delicious and great.

Sujatha said...

Wow, my favorite! I'm a big fan of mughalai spices.. looks awesome! can't wait to try this.. thanks for the recipe, malar :)

Happy Pongal!

Gulmohar said...

lol...really enjoyed your write up..Thanks to a foodie Nawab, we got such a great dish :D Always get fascinated by the Mughal cuisine, which has best flavors of both lands :-)
This looks fabulous..my all time fav...Thanks for the wishes, Malar !!

SE said...

interesting story...kebabs look gr8

kothiyavunu said...

Wow! I'm drooling over here. Those kebabs look delicious.The photos and write-ups are so fabulous that I cannot resist myself from trying them out.:)Thanks for sharing

chakhlere said...

Lovely Kebabs. Look so delicious!!!

Mona said...

Sheekh Kawabs are my fav! They look perfect!

Faiza Ali said...

Oh My! My favourite kebabs...Nice writeup about the history...loved reading it.

Nandini said...

Interesting History....Perfect kebabs!

my kitchen said...

delectable kebab, Looks Mouthwatering malar. Pongal wishes to you & your family

PJ said...

always love reading your mughal history! You know so much about the foods in those era!

Cynthia said...

Food on a stick is always, always enticing.

Sushma Mallya said...

looks delicious malar..

Rahin said...

interesting info about the mughal cuisine and the mughals :) kababs look delicious

sneh said...

Wonderful! lovely! tempting! not only this one but all of your recipes and presentations.
How do you manage to post a delicious dish almost everyday?!!.

I love seekh kababs and will try this one too. btw...can it be made in conventional oven?

Tina said...

Fabulous and tempting kebab...

Deepa G Joshi said...

wow..didnt know the origin of kebabs..these look so good..tell me if i can substitute potato for the meat..

Malar Gandhi said...

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for leaving your wonderful comments:)

And vegetarain version of seekh kebab can also be made, please take a look at my previous posts. They tasted perfect, no worries...just replace meat with finely chopped mixed vegetables(carrot, beans, cabbage and poatoes)Hope this might help you!!!

Peanutts said...

Yumm Love those kebabs. Never knew the history behind it :). So mughal kings werent all toned and good looking like hrithik roashan ?

Sayantani said...

love the write up Malar. its a great story behind those lovely food. the sheekh kabab looks very soft and delicious.

Savitharajsspiceland said...

Looks pefect and yummy!!

Siddhi S said...

wow this kebabs luks sooooooo tempting...very nice recipe...history is very interesting, never knew abt it...thnx for telling

AshKuku said...

Nice perfect kebabs....

Mughlon ki rooh ro rahi hogi.... shaayad unhe yeh lazeez khaane ab nahi milte ya shaayad wahan par bhi unhone ek alag wing banayi ho... ab to derr saare cuisines aagayi hai.. fusion ke liye, aur apne taste buds ki bhook pyaas mitaane ke liye.... ;-))))) Allah unki rooh ko "JANNAT" bhakshe.....

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Dolly said...

Dear Malar, I'm so fascinated by your space..beautiful,delicious mouth watering recipes day in day out..Your on a roll, girl.. Also you come up with such interesting stories- keep it up..I thoroughly enjoy reading them. Now these awesome kebabs i'll have to make soon, because they look simply irresistible.

I did check out ur vege kebabs as well, which i will try..I'm supposed to take some vegetarian appetizers for a party..So Vege kababs looks like the one I'll make.

Mike said...

the other day i was talking to you about something that looked like napthalene balls

it is called phool makhani - lotus seeds. there are plenty of recipes involving it. try it. i havnt

pari

ruchikacooks said...

Hey, I made veggie version last month! But they were not as kebabi as yours..I baked them :(
Cant take the smoky taste of the grill..Looks nice.