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Jan 21, 2014

Hariyali Chicken Kebab / Palak Chicken Kabab - Chicken Appetizer Recipe

We generally do not eat Chicken dishes outside, but very very rarely in a selective Indian Restaurants only that too few Constant recipes. Few weeks back on our visit to Devon Avenue, first time we tried Chicken recipes in one of the Indian Restaurants there and I was not OK with the tastes, but kids loved their Chicken Kebab & Chicken Cutlets. The kebab is nothing but any piece of meat marinated and cooked over open fire. But it can also be grilled or roasted or oven baked for our convenience too.

For the first time i tried it for my kids at home. After a long search, finally i was impressed with this Easy & Simple Hariyali Chicken Kebab at Sashi's Recipes. In Hindi Hariyali means Greenery/Green, Hariyali Chicken Kebab means chicken kebab with Greens Paste. I Have already shared the Hariyali Dal  recipe before. To make it even more healthy and tasty I added some spinach puree to the Green Pastewhich is not mentioned in the original recipe. Also, i tried grilling method using my panini grill and was bit tensed how my kabab going to turn out. Whether it will get cooked completely or not? Will it have some raw masala smell andmany questions were in mind. Since I had a similar bitter experience with chicken tandoori in one of my friend's place. So to be on safer side i cut the chicken into very small pieces and also used tried with small quantity chicken 200-250 gm of chicken. I must say that this Hariyali Chicken Kabab turned out awesome, so soft&juicy chicken kababs with lovely flavors of greens, capsicum,onions And it paired very well with the Mint Yogurt Chutney. A must try for all the chicken kabab lovers and do not miss the minty yogurt dip. Now off to the recipe..
Recipe Source : Sashi's Recipes  Preparation Time : 15 minutes
Marination Time : min 4 hours or more
Oven Baking :  20-25 minutes
Grilling Time : 20 minutes(if using panini grill)

  1. Boneless Chicken    2 lb 
  2. Thick Curd/Yogurt       2 tbsp
  3. Lemon Juice   2 tbsp 
  4. Salt      to taste 
  5. Cooking Oil or Oil Spray     2 tbsp 
To Grind 
  1. Spinach   1 cup (chopped)
  2. Mint Leaves 6 sticks 
  3. Coriander Leaves 6 sticks 
  4. Ginger   2 inch 
  5. Garlic   6 cloves 
  6. Green Chili 5 no.s 
Other Ingredients
  1. Onion 1 no 
  2. Bell pepper / Capsicum (Yellow,orange, Red ) 1/2 each 
  3. Red Chili Powder 1 tsp 
  4. Salt to taste 
  5. Lemon Juice 1 tbsp 
  6. For Grilling  Bamboo Skewer Stick 4 nos (soak in water for 1-2 hrs)

  • Clean and Cut the chicken into small or medium chunks. Drain excess moisutre and keep ready.
  • Take the chopped spinach in a microwave safe bowl,sprinkle little water and cook in microwave high for 2 minutes.
  • After that cool for a while then grind it along with other Ingredients inthe heading "To Grind" to a smooth paste without using water.
  • Then marinated the chicken pieces with the ground green paste, yogurt, salt and lemon juice for 3-4 hours or overnight in refrigerator.
  • And then cut onion, capsicum and mix it with salt, lemon juice, chilli powder and keep aside.
  • After Marination, Apply some oil coating on the skewer and arrange the chicken, onion and bell pepper alternatively. 
  • Spray some oil on top of the arranged chicken.
  • If you have grill, You can grill them till chicken get cooked and coated with light brown spots.
  • You can do this in Oven also, Preheat Oven to 375 F.
  • Keep the chicken in the middle layer and cook for about 25-30 min. Turn the skewer stick in the middle for even dryness on the chicken. If you are using the regular oven pans, remove the water collected in the middle of the cooking. 
  • As i used my Panini Grill, i heated the grill in high heat then place the skewer, after 10 minutes closed the grill plates
  • by pressing the top plates for few seconds.
  • Then turned the skewer and cooked for another 12-15 minutes or until done.
  • That's it...Spicy & Juicy Hariyali Chicken Kebab ready. Serve hot with Mint Yogurt Chutney.

For Mint Yogurt Chutney
  1. Yogurt   1 cup(beaten)
  2. Cumin Powder   1/2 tsp
  3. Chaat Masala    1/2 tsp
  4. Salt    to taste
For Green paste
  1. Mint     1/4 cup
  2. Cilantro    1/2 cup
  3. Green chilli   2 no.s
  4. Ginger   1/2" piece
Blend all the ingredients "For Green paste with couple of tbsp of water and keep aside.
Now take a wide bowl, add the beaten curd/yogurt mix it with cumin, chaat masala and salt.
Then add the ground green paste and mix well.
Adjust salt and spice to taste.
That's it..Mint Yogurt chutney ready. Serve as a dipping sauce for any appetizer, chaats, tikka, kebab, etc.,

I used Boneless Chicken thighs, allow the chicken to marinate for long time, so that the chicken will be juicy and  soft with all the spices flavor in it.
For Vegetarian version, use Paneer, Tofu or Soya chunks.
Use thick curd/yogurt for marination.


  1. I am a great fan of kababs.........hariyali chicken kababs are truely lipsmacking good. Tryout this version very soon.

  2. I always love kebabs. I have tried mint chicken kebabs, they too taste good! Will try this version soon.

  3. Love chicken kebabs sis, you have made it beautiful....

  4. oh goodness... this kebab looks so good... i'm just drooling out here...

  5. looks so colorful.. chicken lover's fav.. awesome clicks da.. :)

  6. Simply awesome looking kabab. Wonderful and colorful preparation.

  7. Awesome chicken kebab totally a new recipe and looks yum. Love all the colourful clicks Sangee. Making me hungry now

  8. Tempting and delicious hariyali kebabs... looks so colorful.. :)

  9. This is an awesome recipe. But can you suggest some good tandoor oven.


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