Chicken Shami Kebab #SundaySupper

Happy Second Birthday Sunday Supper!I cannot believe that its two years since Sunday Supper began and since we’ve been sharing our recipes with different themes and getting together on Twitter every Sunday.I’m so inspired by all our talented chefs,cooks,writers,moms who’ve been a part of our Sunday Supper and learn from them all the time.Our group is growing each day and its just great fun to get together and cook something special for our family table.Thanks to Isabel for creating this diverse group and carrying this movement forward.Major brands are also now noticing our power and willing to work with us.Isn’t that great!

Chicken Shami Kebab

I joined Sunday Supper in May 2012 with this recipe and it has been an amazing journey.There have been many memorable moments but one stands out for me clearly and that was during Hurricane Sandy when we all got together and dedicated our posts for the people affected by it.Our neighborhood was also affected although not as badly as the coastal areas of New Jersey, but in our own way our Sunday Supper group came together to raise awareness by asking people to donate to the organizations that were helping in the rescue efforts.This shows the other side of our group where we don’t just talk about food but also help,support and care for things and events that affect out lives.

Chicken Shami Kebab 1

For this celebration I’m sharing with you all a childhood favorite made by my Dad.I’m extremely lucky to have grown in a family where special delicacies like these were a regular feature.Thanks to my Dad, I ate home cooked Biryani almost every other Sunday and Kebabs like these were served when my parents entertained (which again was pretty often).

Chicken Shami Kebab

Shami Kebab is a traditional Kebab from Awadhi Cuisine hailing from the state of Uttar Pradesh in India and was introduced by the Moghuls.Its traditionally made using Ground Goat Meat, but I’ve used Ground Chicken over here.Its differs from other kebabs in that, the meat is boiled with Split Pea Lentils (Chana Dal) along with some spices and then ground to make a paste.The paste is then mixed with egg, mint and cilantro and shaped into round patties to be fried until golden.Its definitely a dish for a special occasion and I thought it would be perfect for this celebration!

The subtle flavors from the spices,the sweetness of the mint and the smooth texture is what makes this extra special.Its succulent,its moist and its absolutely delicious.Its unlike any other Kebab that you’ve ever had and you’ve got to try it to believe.Serve it hot with my Mint Chutney!Truly a royal dish.

Chicken Shami Kebab #SundaySupper


  • Ground Chicken Thighs-2 lbs
  • Onion-1 medium chopped
  • Garlic Cloves-8-10
  • 2 inch Ginger-chopped
  • Split pea Lentils (soaked overnight)-1/2 cup
  • Coriander Seeds-2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds-2 tsp
  • Black Peppercorns-1 tsp
  • Whole Cloves-1 tsp
  • Green Cardamom-5
  • Cinnamon-2 sticks broken in half
  • Salt-to taste
  • Water-1 cup
  • Additional ingredients
  • Eggs-2
  • Chopped Mint- 1/2 Cup
  • Chopped Cilantro-1/2 Cup
  • Oil for frying


  1. In a large pan heat about 2 tbsp of oil and add the onions and the next 10 ingredients.Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat, cover and cook until the chicken is cooked and the water has evaporated completely.
  3. Once ready discard the green cardamom and cinnamon stick.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a food processor and blend to make a paste.
  5. Empty into a deep mixing bowl and add the additional ingredients.
  6. Using your hands make small round patties.
  7. Deer fry or shallow fry in batches until golden on both sides.
  8. Serve hot with your favorite chutney.
  9. Enjoy!

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  1. says

    I LOVE kebabs of any kind! those look wonderful! I want one or more right now! :) Hurricane Sandy was a real tragedy . I love that you just don’t blog about food but help other in need :) Well done!

  2. says

    Such a perfect day to share a family favorite, Soni! So glad I’ve gotten to know you via Sunday Supper. Thanks for all the inspiration that comes from you and your blog!

  3. says

    Soni, It has been an absolutely pleasure getting to know you and watching you grow your blog. You are amazingly talented and I am thrilled that you share so many of your beautiful recipes with our Sunday Supper Family…. especially love this one!!!!


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