Thursday 4 February 2010

Reshmi Kebab (Chicken Kebab) and Mint /Coriander Dip

Apart from the fact that the Mughals have left some of their great architectural traces in India, their strong influence in the Indian cuisine is an undeniable fact too; their rich, aromatic and spicy food style has conquered the whole country, especially in the northern parts of India. These succulent kebabs are one of their specialties too.
I did these for the aperitif on New Year’s Eve (ideal to pick, dip and eat while dancing, right?)and was a great success in the party. Since this was the first time I’m making it at home (have relished them for the first time at a restaurant in New Delhi), I took reference from these amazing cooks, Hetal and Anuja from “Show me the curry”. It came out so good, a big thanks to both of them for sharing this recipe!!! Hope my readers would like them too!!


700g boneless meat from the thigh part of the chicken
A tbsp pasted garlic
A tbsp of pasted ginger
4 to 6 green chilies (I like it very hot; you may increase or reduce according to your taste)
3 tbsp of cleaned coriander leaves
3 tbsp cleaned mint leaves
½ a tsp of pepper (+/- according to your tastes)
250 ml heavy whipping cream
50g powdered Almonds (the original recipe didn't require)

Chop the chicken into bite size pieces. Pat- dry with a kitchen towel to remove any excess water.

Deseed the green chilies, chop the coriander and mint leaves roughly and grind all to a fine paste. (You may do this along with the ginger garlic too).

Whip the cream slightly along with pepper and salt together.

Now, take a non-metallic bowl and add all the above pasted ingredients, the cream mixture, the powdered almonds and the meat and stir it all together.
Taste and correct the salt if necessary.

PS:(the meat is going to absorb the flavors from the spices during the marinating time and the salt is going to be absorbed too, so it is advisable to keep the marinating liquid just a little saltier than the normal so that it tastes perfect after it is been cooked. (I precise, just a little more :) )

Now cover the bowl with a plastic wrapper and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (If you have enough time, I’d recommend leaving it overnight, so that the meat has enough time to become extremely tender and juicy)

Pre heat the oven to the maximum (since the heat of a Tandoor, used traditionally to do these kebabs can attain 480°C, so……)

Thread the meat on to the skewers, which should have been soaked in water for few hours, which would avoid your skewers to burn while grilling.

Arrange the skewers on a lined and greased baking tray. Place the baking tray at the nearest possible to the heating element.

Bake until they brown, let me say for about 15 to 20 minutes (maximum) and enjoy it right away with a delicious Mint/Coriander Dip

PS: Re- heating the meat or cooking the meat too long would make the meat dry. In order to keep the meat juicy inside, take care to grill it at the highest possible and minimize the cooking time!!

Kothamalli/Pudhina Chutney (Coriander-Mint Dip for Kebabs):


2 cups of coriander leaves
A cup of mint leaves
A tbsp of Cumin seeds
250 ml yoghurt (+/- according to the desired consistency)
3 or 4 green chilies (the more the better)
6 pods garlic and ginger (equal or half the quantity)
A tbsp or two of dry pomegranate seeds (may be substitutes by some lime juice)


Grind all the ingredients (except salt and yoghurt) to a smooth mixture, add salt and yoghurt and blend it once again. Enjoy with the Kebabs.

Enjoy and have a nice week end!!!


Priya said...

Woww chicken kebab looks fantastic, makes me hungry...Lovely green dip Vino...its has been ages i prepared kebab at home, u r tempting me a lot..have to put my hands now.

I used to freeze drumstick leaves,agathi keerai,curry leaves and methi leaves,avalo than freeze panni irruken ithu varaikum, mathathu ellam will cook once back home..hope this helps..

Poornima Nair said...

The kebabs look fabulous and such an easy recipe too...will surely try this sometime.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Looks like the one we get in restaurant.Excellent

Latha said...

Wow!!! Looks yummy.....making me drool :).


The kebab and the mint-coriander dip are excellent combo. Looks awesome, thanks for sharing...

Sushma Mallya said...

Kabab looks like the one served in delicious looking and such a lovely click ...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Pass me the plate, Akka. Looks mouth-watering. Very Kebab-ish! Love love love it.

tasteofsaras said...

Am drooling here pls pass me the plate....

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

Au niveau du goût, je pense que ça doit être extraordinaire.
Je note.
See soon.

Sarah Naveen said...

wow!!! wow!!! wow!!! That looks terrific madam...I m drooling..Nice clicks too

Ashwini said...

wow.. thats best looking homemade kebebas!!!

vineetha said...

I m hungry nowwwwwww...can I have it dear??

Swathi said...

Both dishes looks good. I like the dip colour

Cham said...

Varain varain vithuku than! Gal u re torturing did someone said? Yes, all this non-veg make me think I should go carnivore again! Excellent never did at home!

Sujatha said...

Kababs look great! Nice Party dish!

? said...

A good party dish! Easy too!

Trendsetters said...

great kebab..lovely presentation

Siddhi S said...

wow this kebabas r very very tempting...loved the recipe, thnx for sharing...i was in search of it n got it...i vl try ir sun

Faiza Ali said...

The kebabs look perfect dear...had seen their video and was thinking about trying, I will refer your recipe.

Uma S said...

great looking dish!..looks juicy and the combination of cream while marinating, sounds delicious!..I had tried a similar one , but mine came out a bit too dry, am sure gonna try urs next time!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

A prize winning dish... Looks very yummy and tempting!!!

Soma Pradhan said...

Nice Kebabs with nice pictures dear

AdukalaVishesham said...

looks perfect... and beautiful click too... a definitely a party fav

Gita said...

I would also love to pick those kabobs and dance :) the chutney also...what a lovely combination :)

Jagruti said...

beautiful pics...chutney looks mouthwatering..

Padma said...

Beautiful clicks. Looks so tempting :)

Sashi said...

Wow, looks tempting Vino !! Nice Clicks too..

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

J'ai un prix pour toi sur mon blog.
A bientôt.

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