Allhumdulliah….we are starting our last section of Ramadan fasting from today. 30 days of Ramadan fasting days are categorized into three…the first 10 days as Rahmat (Mercy of Allah), middle 10 days as Maghfirat (Forgiveness of Allah) and last 10 days as Nijaat (Salvation). Ibadat (devotion to Allah) doubles and triples in these last 10 days. It is said that one of the odd nights of the last ten days is ‘Night of Power, Value, Dignity and Decree’. The one who worships on that night receives the virtue of 1000 months. May all our prayers come true and our deeds be rewarded.
Today we have Shabs of Shab’s Cuisine. She has been part of this Joy From Fasting To Feasting before too. Shabs after a long hiatus, just returned to blogging. She hails from Kerala and her recipes future her homeland flavour. Today Shabs is going to share with us a spicy, flavour rich and melt in mouth recipe of ‘Shami Kebab’. Shami Kebab are my favorite too and these are mostly made to serve on iftar table and for Eid too.
Ramadan is already halfway through; it’s unbelievable how the time flies!! This is the time of the year that I do the spring cleaning, bulk cooking and saving some time for spiritual things for the season. This is the time of the year where we do special dishes in time for the iftar. Those dishes that take time are partly done ahead and stashed in the freezer and then cooked on the day. This saves lot of time and effort as well. Dishes like cutlets, puffs, samosas, all can be partly done way ahead of time so that you just have to bake/fry it on day. Apart from pakoras, savoury snacks are mostly non vegetarian and delectable in true sense.
When Lubna asked me if I could do a guest post for her, I was delighted! It is her blog that springs in my mind when it comes to Ramadan recipes and I look forward to her Ramadan posts for recipe ideas. She has fabulous collection of recipes and I love her Ramadan series in particular. If you want to see the amazing compilation of recipes from all over the world, hers is the blog to want to be.
Snacks during Ramadan differs from places to places. You would want to have some traditional comfort food that your palate is used to. I am usually back home in India halfway through the Ramadan, So don’t go through the hassle of cooking so much, as we have helpers who does mass cooking. And nothing can beat mom’s cooking too. But I decided to stay back this summer to enjoy some good weather plus something to do on the career side too.
Shami Kebab (Minced meat patties)
- 500g ~ 600g lamb/beef mince
- 1/3 cups , 75 g Channa dal/ (Skinless Bengal gram)
- 2 medium onions , 200g chopped
- 1″ piece ginger crushed, about 1 tbsp
- 5 large cloves of garlic crushed, 1 tbsp
- 2-3 green chilies crushed
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp pepper corns
- 2 dry chilies
- 1/2 – 1 cups water
- salt to taste
- 1 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1TBSP lime juice
- A small bunch of coriander leaves
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp or more,besan/chick pea flour
- Oil to fry
- Wash and soak the lentils for 2-4 hours.
- Wash the mince and pressure cook it along with dal and other ingredients under the label pressure cook.
- If there is water in the pan, turn up the heat and cook the mixture till dry and starts to stick to the pan.
- Once it is completely dry, let it cool down and then grind the mixture to a paste by adding the leaves.
- Add garam masala, lime juice, adjust the seasoning, and leave it in the fridge for couple of hours to infuse the flavour.
- Add an egg and besan and mix well. If the mixture is dry add in little more egg and if it is too wet, add a bit more of besan.
- Wet your hands and shape them into small patties.
- To fry the kebab, put few tablespoons of oil on a non-stick pan and and shallow fry them on low heat until golden brown on both sides.
- You can enjoy these on its own, with little mango chutney or pickle to go with it or as a side dish for chapatis etc. I sometimes roll them into wraps with some salad leaves and sauces to make a fab filling lunch/dinner.
Thank you Shabs for being part of the event and for this flavoursome recipe of Shami Kebab.