Vegetarian Shikampuri Kebab Recipe ~ with Soy Nuggets ~ Almost the real thing!

K and I spent a delightful evening in the company of my cousins who we were meeting with after what seemed like ages…I will have to admit publicly that I have just met one of the most well behaved 4 year old boys. There can’t be many…I can vouch for that…and an adorable 7 month old, who made me realise that gums can be as pain inflicting as teeth… i had my fingers chewed on, drooled on and then a sweet dimpled smile that makes you want to repeat the whole process….

Anyway, where was I? Yes the cousins….I wasn’t sure of what extend the invite to dinner, and with K driving me up the wall with his meal choices, I settled on Cheater’s Dahi Vada, Baked Potato wedges, Fake meat Shikampuri Kebabs and some ridiculously red mixed fruit drink!

On to the kebabs…. As always, I am going to pass a disclaimer…. these arent claiming to be authentic Hyderabadi Shikampuris. They can’t since they aren’t even meat. Also since i am really lazy, I didn’t stuff them with the chopped onion and coriander mix. What is pretty authentic is the flavour and the texture of the cutlets.

A nice moment was, when halfway through one of them, K exclaimed “Is this not mutton? Then what is it? Oh God, I was thinking you made it with real meat” Needless to say, I was very pleased!

Onto the recipe

Shikampuri Kebabs with Soy Nuggets

Ingredients (Makes 20 3 inch kebabs)

100 gms of soy nuggets about 3 cups

1/2 cup bengal gram / channa dal

2 green chillies

2 pieces of 1 inch cinnamon sticks

2 green cardamoms cloves

3 whole cloves

5-6 whole black peppercorns

1 teaspoon red chilly powder

Soak the soy nuggets in 4-5 cups of hot water and leave it for about 10 minutes till they are rehydrated. Squeeze out all the water, run it under cold water and rinse. Squeeze out all the water again. Put the rehydrated nuggets, channa dal, green chillies, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, cloves, pepper and red chilli powder in a pressure cooker and cook for 3-4 whistles till the dal is cooked.

Once the pressure has released, drain out the water, add the following to the pan and cook through till the whole mixture is dry.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 large onion sliced

salt to taste

Cool the mixture completely and use the mixer to pulse it with very little water. it should be really thick and pasty like a dough. I used my Ultra wet grinder to do this. I found this much easier than the regular mixer because you really need to add water to get the pulsing to work.

Take out the mixture into a wide vessel and add the following

1 1/2Β  teaspoons ginger garlic paste

1/2 teaspoon garam masala

1 cup bread crumbs

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup chopped coriander and mint leaves

mix it all together with a wooden spoon or your hands. Portion into 20 small ping pong balls, roll into a ball and flatten between your palms. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a non stick or cast iron frying pan. When hot, place the kebabs around the pan, leaving space to wield a slotted spoon. Fry on each side for about 2-3 minutes, till they get a slightly deeper than golden colour. flip over and fry on the other side as well.

Serve hot or warm with onion rings, tomato slices, lemon wedges and mint chutney or tomato sauce.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. radha says:

    I made them and they were delicious. Thank you.

  2. Swati says:

    Hey, they turned out really amazingly well! the guests were floored and I was thrilled to bits πŸ™‚ will be posting on my blog soon with a link to ur recipe… thanks babes!

  3. Swati says:

    Hey, they turned out really amazingly well! πŸ™‚ the guests were floored and I was thrilled to bit πŸ˜€ will be posting on my blog soon with a link to ur recipe… thanks babes!

  4. Swati says:

    Hey girl!

    Am trying these kebabs out today for a tea party πŸ™‚ wish me luck!!! and where hv u been? long time no posts??

    1. arundati says:

      How did it turn out babe?

  5. Sam says:

    Anu, I just luuurrrvv going through your blog again and again, and recommending it to friends. Reading the Shikampuri Kebab recipe was ofcourse, the most fun! Can’t ever forget that evening and the lip-smacking food. We’ve GOT to do it again soon! [ And not just ‘coz I’m greedy for the heavenly cuisine πŸ˜‰ ]

  6. nags says:

    this looks awesome! love the texture! πŸ™‚

  7. G.pavani says:

    looking yummy n mouthwatering me here

  8. Priya says:

    Sounds Yum! And the weekends here to try it out. Perfect timing. Thanks!

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