Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pan Grilled Kabab

         I have been craving for Middle Eastern fanfare for the past few days especially some good kababs and shhh! don't tell anybody a good belly dance too :) .

Every time I see the kabab makers masterfully wrapping meat around the skewers I tell myself only they can get it right. Maybe I need to stop undermining myself  a little bit because I did it as swiftly as them without any exaggeration.

 Those who know me get that I need more time to decide what to cook than to really get it ready. Whole of my morning was spent on FB where there was a big hue and cry over blogger lie busting on a large scale phew! epic drama of a beautiful girl unfolded .. ..and I am surprised to see bigger repercussions everday.

Now the food planning part did not happen and I got busy with other things too. It was getting close to dinner time and nothing was on the stove yet. The only good thing I did in the morning was to put the minced meat we bought from the nearby farm (Grass fed, no hormones) to thaw in the refrigerator. I have become slightly smarter now by bookmarking recipes for myself to survive such days. Yes, I also find  that I perform better under pressure on new recipes. Sounds funny, I know ! The more time I get  the more I think and finally I decide to ditch the plan :))) So without too much thinking let me move on.

So here is the real easy plan to be done in same order = dinner in one hour:
Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes first.
The mince meat is thawing in the refrigerator since morning. Take it out add the rest of the ingredients cover and leave it aside on the counter to rest and marinate for 30 minutes.
In the mean time toast sesame seeds for the tahini sauce, mix the rest of the ingredients keep it ready, make the cucumber and mint dip, refrigerate it. 
Put the rice into rice cooker adding other ingredients given below.
Blanch the tomatoes or grill them along with kabab.
Start making kababs while u wait for that to cook wash and tear the lettuce for the green salad.
Tada ur dinner is ready to be served!

Recipes adapted from here.

PRINTABLE RECIPE (4 Recipes together)
Pan Grilled Kabab: (Minced Beef used here)
Ground/minced Beef or Chicken thigh meat - 1/2 lb (500gm approx)
Red onion - 1 medium size chopped very finely or grated
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder or paprika powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/3 tsp
Black pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Lime juice - of 1 lime
Salt to taste
Olive oil- few tsps

1. Mix all the ingredients given above with 2 tsp of olive oil in a large mixing bowl cover and leave aside to marinate for 30 minutes
2. Heat the grill pan or skillet . Drizzle very little olive oil and allow it to heat well first then reduce as u put the kababs.
Take a skewer or chop stick ,take a big ball of meat shape it around the skewer by pressing with ur palm into a long kabab (If the meat is sticky dip ur hands in some water first) Don't make it too fat though.
As u lay the kabab on the pan slowly remove skewer by pull it out (if it does not fit into ur pan) The hole in the middle allows even cooking. (If u like it on the wooden skewer remember to soak it an hour before use so it won't burn or smoke)
3.  Allow it to cook on all sides thoroughly by turning few times.Brush olive oil on top in between to prevent them from drying out.

Serve the kababs in a platter along with rice grilled veggies,cucumber mint dip or any raita and lettuce leaves, tahini sauce and of course some pickled olives.


Cucumber & mint dip: (Mast-o-Khiar)
Cucumber - 1 finely chopped
Mint leaves a tiny bunch- chopped or torn into small bits.(instead use dried mint 1tbsp)
Rose petals - 1 tsp (optional) not used here
Yogurt- 1 cup plain (beat well )
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix everything together and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Tahini Sauce:
White sesame seeds- 1/3 cup
Garlic powder -1 pinch
Lime juice- 1 tbsp
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste
Toast the sesame seeds and allow it to cool powder it and mix along with rest of the ingredients.Sprinkle some paprika or sumac powder if u have.

Yellow Rice:
Basmathi rice -1/2 cup per head
Turmeric powder - 1/3 tsp (Go for few stands of saffron soaked in warm milk if u like)
Dried lime - a small piece (optional)
Olive oil  - 2 tsp
Salt a pinch
Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes at least then dump all the ingredients together with water required and cook in the rice cooker.

Note: If u think the meat is not enough to make the number of kababs u want or its falling apart due to water content in onion or meat then add a few tsps of besan/ Chick peas flour or plain bread torn into bits - Tip courtesy my friend Fatema Talwala.

If u like Middle Eastern flat bread with filling u should try this- Chicken Shawarma.

Hope u guys like the feast.
Meena

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8 comments:

  1. If you were close I would just drive to your home. Your photo look so sinfully delicious!

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  2. Wow....Super tempting and delicious.... :)

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  3. My my what a mouthwatering kebab, love your pics!!

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  4. oh my god... this post literally brought water in my mouth....I bet it would have been a amazing dinner...I would so wish to give it a try soon...

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  5. Kabab is nice but need to change with lamb. More to that, its the yellow rice I want.

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  6. Your kebabs look REAL! And I can tell how much passion, honesty, labor and love you've put into making this complete meal.
    I'll come back here soon. And you've got yourself a stalker, Meena! :)

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  7. Wish I could get hold of the platter from the screen...super tempting spread..kothiyavunne :)

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