Sneaking Offenders Onto the Plate – Recipe for Hara Bhara Kabab

hara bhara kabab

To say that K is a fussy eater isn’t correct. It’s just that he gets fixated on certain things and overdose till he can’t stand it anymore. In dislikes he is very particular, I won’t go into the details but suffice to say that he thinks peas have no personality, capsicum is an obese chilly at best, green leafy vegetables are for cattle and paneer is spoilt milk in the first place, so why would anyone want to eat it….. So I have learnt to simply cook around this madness because logical arguments have failed and are a waste of time. Him being kitchen challenged helps, also the fact that he blindly trusts me!! I simply camouflage and cook on……the only thing I’ve been unsuccessful in getting him to eat is capsicum because of its strong flavor. My favourite way of getting him to eat things he doesn’t relish is to hide it in some form that he loves. Cutlets have been my ultimate escape. From trying to use up cooked leftover sabjis to dressing up a simple meal when we have unexpected guests, I have sought refuge in them and marveled at how they can be adapted to embrace whatever is in the fridge. Apart from potatoes, cutlets made from yam, raw bananas and even pink cutlets with beetroots too work well. They are flavourful, nutritious and a good way of having your daily requirement of vegetables. The mixture can be made and stored in the fridge; leftovers make for great chapatti / kathi rolls, sandwich fillers or midnight snacks. The litres of unused milk threatened to drown me, so yesterday I had to convert some into paneer, a huge bunch of spinach sat sadly in its newspaper wrap in the fridge and I knew I had to redeem it. I zeroed in on the hara bhara kabab for its simplicity and the fact that I could use two of the offending ingredients always puts a devilish smile on my face.


For the kababs (makes about 12)

2 medium potatoes boiled and mashed

1 big bunch spinach, blanched and pureed

1 cup shredded paneer

1 tsp pav bhaji masala (optionally use ½ tsp garam masala and ½ tsp amchoor powder)

1 tsp red chilly powder

2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves (pureed with the spinach)

2 tbsp besan or breadcrumbs

Salt to taste

2 tbspn oil

In a shallow mixing bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the oil to form a fairly firm dough. Divide into 12 balls about the size of a table tennis ball. Roll between your palms to smoothen and gently flatten them. Heat a tava (non stick is best for lesser oil usage), pour a tablespoon of oil. Dip the kababs directly into the hot oil and move to the side of the tava, so that they are just coated with oil enough to make them golden but don’t drink up all that oil. Repeat on the other side with another tablespoon of oil. Fry till golden on both sides on a medium flame. Serve hot with salad, sauce, mint chutney or as a side dish.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. hitchwriter says:

    Hey I am very sorry for using that image… !! I will remove it immediately.. sorry !! I kinda used google images… !!

    REally sorry.. !

    1. arundati says:

      dear hitchwriter, as a blogger, i hope you appreciate the fact that all content visible online isnt “available” automatically for use, that too without permission. thanks for the response and action.

  2. lakshmi says:

    yummy recipe – tried and tested. yippie!!

    so next is beetroot and raw banana is it? you have now egged me on to become experimental and try new kinds of cutlets!!!

    Dear Lakshmi, thank you…….cutlets are a great way of experimenting with veggies……i need to post the beetroot and raw banana……soon….

  3. Suganya says:

    I gave you an idea for few other posts and you finished it off in one reply 😉

    Dear Suganya, I am actually making beetroot and raw banana cutlets today for dinner….it has been on my mind ever since your comment 🙂 its coming up girl!!

  4. Nupur says:

    Those kebabs are beautifully shaped! True, this is a great way to use up assorted veggies. I am about to make veggie burgers to clean out my fridge 🙂

    hey Nupur!! yeah that’s such a nice way of aiming for two things with one kebab!!

  5. The kababs look perfectly done. Good post dear 🙂

    Dear Sirisha, Thanks dear:)

  6. Suganya says:

    Awesome kebabs. While you are at it, can you post the other kebab recipes that you have listed down?

    Thanks Suganya, you can just substitute yam, raw banana etc for the potato in any recipe, add any other boiled veggies of your choice (cabbage, cauliflower, beans, peas, channa, carrot etc) add finely chopped onions, green chillies, coriander and mint leaves, masalas of your choice, shape as cutlets and fry till golden on a tava…….:) enjoy

  7. Aruna says:

    Great looking hara kababs!!!

    Thanks Aruna. its a good way of adding some nutrients to a veggie platter 🙂

  8. bee says:

    i agree. panner is spoilt milk – tastes like it too. your kebabs look awesome.

    ha ha…..i think you’ll get along like a house on fire with K!! and tho i’m not a fan of slabs of paneer, i dont mind it blended with other ingredients so it almost loses itself but provides the nutrition it is famed for!!

  9. Raaga says:

    Can’t see the pic, but I am sure it looks lovely.

    Great going namesake 🙂

    thanks raaga, and have i told you that till now i have never ever known anyone with the same name as i? save for Arundhati Roy who again i’ve never seen?? blogging has made me meet my namesake!! how cool is that??

  10. sra says:

    That was an entertaining read!

    thanks so much Sra, and welcome to my blog 🙂

  11. Asha says:

    How beautiful!! Very nice looking Kababs:)

    thanks Asha……its super to get a compliment from you 🙂

  12. lakshmi says:

    aha, i love hara bhara kebabs. i shall try your recipe this sunday and let you know how it turns out.

    btw, why doesnt your pic show up. there’s a link that says ‘hara bhara kabab’ and i got to you the tasty green cuties only when i clicked on this.

    hi Lakshmi, thanks so much……i really don’t know why this is happening, Raaga also said that she wasn’t able to see the pic….. i wonder why this is playing up

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