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Jul 4, 2012

Shammi Kabab-Veg Version / Veg Shammi Kabab

Again its time for The Gourmet Seven, we have successfully completed five months with all exotic gourmet recipes from various cuisine. And for this month we picked up Kababs - Indian Cuisine as our theme. We decided to choose any source for our recipe of the month. I have chosen Vegetarian Shammi Kabab and referred Chef Sanjay Thumma's recipe. This is the first time i tried shammi kabab and it was very new combo of ingredients to me, but the kabab was so flavorful and tasty. We really loved the inner cheesy-sweet-sour part of the kabab. This is stuffed with paneer-pom seeds and the kabab tasted so so delicious with chaat chutneys. With out this group n the challenging themes i never tried such recipes at home. Special Thanks to Anamika for choosing this month's theme as Indian Kababs :) Now to the recipe...

For outer kabab covering
  1. Raw Plantain   1no. (pressure cooked n mashed)
  2. Chana dal    1/4 cup or half the quantity of plantain)
  3. Onion    1/4 cup or less (finely chopped)
  4. Ginger Garlic paste    1-2tsp
  5. Mint leaves    1 handful (finely chopped)
  6. Cilantro     1 handful(finely chopped)
  7. Red chili Powder    1/2 tsp
  8. Cumin Powder     1/2 tsp
  9. Garam Masala powder    1/4 tsp
  10. Amchur powder     1/4 tsp
  11. Shahi Jeera/Black Cumin seeds    1/4 tsp
  12. Salt     to taste
  13. Oil    1-2 tbsp + to toast kababs
For Inner filling

  1. Paneer    1/2 cup or little less (crumbled)
  2. Pomegranate seeds     3 tbsp or more
  3. Chili powder     a generous pinch
  4. Salt    a pinch
  5. cilantro       2 tsp(finely chopped)

  • Pressure Cook plantain for 1-2 whistles, once pressure cools down drain water and peel the skin and mashed it nicely and keep ready.
  • Cook chana dal till soft n tender, cool it then pulse it in a processor/blender for few seconds and keep ready.
  • Now heat oil in a pan, add shahi jeera wait till it splutter then add finely chopped onions saute till it turns soft and add ginger garlic paste and saute until raw smell leaves.
  • After that add mint leaves saute it and add ground chana dal and stir fry for few seconds.
  • Then add chili powder,cumin powder,garam masala powder,enough salt and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • And add mashed plantain and saute everything well and now add little amchur powder and mix everything well.
  • Lastly add finely chopped cilantro , give a stir n turn off the stove.
  • Let it cool for a while. meanwhile prepare paneer stuffing.
  • Take a small bowl, add paneer,pom seeds,chili powder,salt,cilantro and mix everything well and knead to a dough and divide it in to 8 equal parts and keep aside.
  • Once the chana-pantain mixture cools down, divide it in to 8 equal parts and take one ball flatten it using your fingers then keep one paneer ball bring the edges together,seal it and again roll to a ball and gently press between your palms or flatten to disc shaped patty.
  • Do repeat the same for remaining plantain n paneer mixture.
  • Then heat a griddle, smear oil place 3-4 kababs and drizzle some more oil on n around the kabab and cook for 3 minutes and gently turn the other side and cook till it turns crisp n light golden brown.
  • That's it...Vegetarian Shammi Kababs ready. Enjoy Hot with Green chutney n Dates Tamarind chutney.
If u feel your platain-chana dal mixture to be too dry sprinkle little water while sauteing.
And after stuffing and rolling the kababs, wet your hands by dipping in 1/2 tsp corn flour mixed with 2tbsp of water and roll n flatten it.
Or you can grease your hands with oil but i did the above method.
Don't omit pom seeds, it really gives nice sweet crunchy n sour taste to the kababs...i really loved it :)

Sending this to The Gourmet Seven. Do drop by our other Gourmets,AnamikaAnushaKaveriRadhika, VeeenaVardhini's Spaces for their Kabab creation.


  1. looking ur presentation :)

  2. Yummu kabab, nice combo for filling. Simply superb kababs...

  3. Superb Kebab Sangee....Very nice pics....

  4. Super like... its a great option when I have veggie friends come over!

  5. Wow..tempting Kababs!!Wonderful pics :)

  6. Tempting yummy kababs...Lovely clicks..

  7. Crisp and delicious kababs..lovely clicks..

  8. Hi Sangeetha looking at the kababs I taught you have used soya granules but when I read the entire post I saw you have used plaintain. they looks so perfect.

  9. Omg, wat a wonderful looking kababs, wat an interesting stuffing.. Loving this veg version of Shammi kababs.

  10. smell the crispy aroma over here.looks irresistible and awesome :) wonderful presentation..

  11. very crispy.. well prepared..

  12. mouthwatering kebab recipe... looks delicious

  13. Looks so inviting and tempting... very new to me.. must try for this ramadan.. thanks for sharing!

  14. absolutely yummy n delicious kebab....

  15. Mouthwatering, I simply cant resist saying this every single time but I absolutely love ur presentation.

  16. An awesome recipe. I have been seeing lentil based patties and I like this version.

  17. Superb recipe and your presentation and clicks are even more superb..

  18. Kabab looks so tempting and makes me drooling,wonderful presentation and awesome clicks.......

  19. i m a die hard addict of vazhaikkai and i love that smiley on the plate... so cute :) your kebabs look like they are right out of a magazine sangee crispy and super relish

  20. wow, its lovely. I too want to try kebabs for long time.. :)

  21. Wonderful looking kababs and love the presentation too!

  22. I am drooling...Great recipe with awesome pics..

  23. yummmm....awesome pics...cnt wait to try dis recipe...bookmarked !!!

  24. It is my 1st time around your blog,, and it looks heavenly yummy, looks so GOOD..

    you are welcome to visit my blog :)

  25. love the presentation.... too good... love all the kebabs the gourmet 7 has cooked up.. yummmm

  26. These kababs are making me hungry for some right now.

  27. The kababs look so delicious... It was a surprise to see that you used plantain to make them. awesome recipe and pictures are so tempting...

  28. This looks really tasty!! I'm grabbing one right from the screen ;)


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