Chapli Kebabs

Chapli Kebabs are by far one of the easiest and the tastiest kebabs to make, so anyone that has a fear of making Kebabs, throw them right out of the window. These are super easy, with minimal work and a quick marination, and you can have these Chapli Kebabs on the table in no time! The Beef can easily be substituted for Chicken, Lamb or Turkey. These are perfect as appetizers or as a meal, infact, they are great as burgers in burger buns as well.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Marination: 30 minutes minimum
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes: approximately 12 kebabs


Ground Beef – 1 lb
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp
Onions – 1/2 medium, finely chopped
Ginger – 1 Tablespoon, minced
Garlic – 1 Tablespoon, minced
Green Chili – to taste, minced
Cilantro – 3-4 sprigs, finely chopped
Mint – 10-15 leaves, finely chopped
Ground Pomegranate Seeds / Anardana Powder – 1-2 tsp
Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp or to taste
Red Chili Flakes – 1 tsp or to taste
Salt – to taste
Egg – 1
Tomato – 1/2, finely chopped
Oil – for shallow frying


1. Dry roast Cumin and Coriander Seeds and allow them to cool.
2. Roughly crush them in a mortar and pestle or a grinder.
3. In a mixing bowl, add Ground Beef, Ground Cumin and Coriander Seeds, Ginger, Garlic, Green Chilies, Cilantro, Mint, Pomegranate Seeds Red Chili
Powder, Red Chili Flakes, Salt and Egg.
4. Mix well.
5. Cover and allow the meat to marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
6. When ready to cook, do a little taste-test by cooking a little bit of meat to check for Salt, spices etc. Adjust accordingly.
7. Add in a Tomato and mix well.
8. Make patties.
9. In a flat skillet, heat enough Oil to shallow fry the kebabs on medium heat.
10. Once the Oil is hot, place the Kebabs gently into the Oil.
11. Cook the Kebabs for approximately 3 minutes on each side.
12. They should be golden brown on each side.
13. Remove and place on a paper towel and serve hot with a squeeze of Lime Juice.
14. Serve hot with Mint Chutney and some Naans.

1. You can make the Kebab Mixture ahead and freeze it for later use.
2. You can cook the kebabs and then freeze as well, just defrost and reheat with minimal Oil.
3. If they are too soft, add a bit of All Purpose Flour / Maida.

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7 thoughts on “Chapli Kebabs

  1. Hetal you looked so uncomfortable, understandable since you are vegetarian. If you all are going to branch out to beef maybe just have Anuja do those videos.

    1. I was not always a vegetarian but gave it up when I was much younger because I did not like the taste of meat. I’m the only vegetarian in my family so I do cook meat for them.

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