Hyderabadi shami/shaami kebab recipe||No oven no tandoor||quick and easy

Shami kabab or shaami kabab,is a local variety of kebab, originating from the Indian Subcontinent.
Shami kebabs were apparently invented by a highly skilled chef for a toothless Nawab of Lucknow. A kebab which you can eat without teeth, so just think how much the chicken or meat is minced……
It is composed of a small patty of minced meat generally chicken, but occasionally lamb or mutton, with ground chickpeas or yellow split peas, egg to hold it together, and spices.

Kebabs always make my weekends special. This time I tried Shami Kebab.And the best part is it requires no oven and no tandoor. Shami kebab is eaten as a snack or an appetizer.

Type: kebab,starter, appetiser

Preparation time: 20-25 minutes

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

Serve: 8


  • 1 1/2 lb/ 700gm boneless chicken (breast piece)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 50 gm yellow split peas/chana dal/chholar dal
  • 3-4 dried whole red chillies
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 inch ginger cut into chunks
  • 1 tbs garlic minced
  • Salt to taste
  • 5 tbs roasted spices/bhaja masala (recipe in link description below)
  • 2 tbs raisins/sultanas
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander
  • 2 tbs chopped green chillies
  • 1 egg


  • In a cooker add the chicken, split peas,dried red chillies,bay leaves, ginger and garlic
  • Add the roasted spices/bhaja masala
  • Allow 1 whistle
  • Or you can boil the ingredients for 10-15 minutes so that all the flavors goes into the chicken
  • Now remove the bay leaves
  • Grind the chicken into a dry paste, don’t add any water
  • Add the chopped coriander, raisins, green chillies
  • Add 1 egg
  • Mix them with hand into a dough
  • Grease your palm
  • Take some paste into the palm and roll it and flatten
  • Now shallow fry the kebabs
  • Fry until golden and crisp

We’ve added a step by step video to make it more helpful👇

Roasted spices/bhaja masala👇

Serve them with green chutney and onion rings

It will taste much more better if fried in clarified butter/ghee

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