Monday, September 12, 2011

Shakahari shaami kabab (Vegetarian kabab)

Shaami kababs are typically made out of meat but this is a shakahari kabab  (vegetarian kabab).  I have used black chickpeas (kala chana) and sweet potatoes to make the kabab. The kala chana  gives it a great flavor and texture. These kababs have a smooth consistency and literally melt in your mouth. Serve it with green chutney or masala naan and raw onions.


1 1/2 cups black chickpeas
1 large sweet potato
2 large onions
3-4 tbsp. ginger garlic green chili paste
1 tbsp kasuri methi
½-cup mint leaves (finely chopped)
½-cup cilantro (finely chopped)
3-4 black cardamom
2 bay leaves
2 tsp. black pepper powder
1 tbsp garam masala or shaami kabab masala
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp chaat masala

Soak the black chickpeas overnight. Pressure-cook the chickpeas with black cardamom, bay leaf and salt until soft (4-5 whistles). Drain the water and keep the black chickpeas aside
Boil and mash the sweet potato separately.

Heat oil in a pan and add finely sliced onion to it. Fry until they turn pink then add 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste, garam masala or kabab masala and kasuri methi to it. Add the boiled black chickpeas and mix well.  Once it cools a little remove the bay leaf and black cardamom from the mix and grind it to a smooth paste. Mix it with the mashed sweet potato and add the rest of the ingredients (cilantro, mint, black pepper powder, finely chopped onion, the remaining ginger garlic paste, chaat masala) Adjust seasoning according to taste. You can add more garam masala, salt of chili powder if desired. Mix everything very well and shape into balls. Flatten them with you palm and shallow fry the kabab. Serve with green chutney and onion rings.


  1. Yum..I love black chickpeas and these kebabs made me drool!

  2. awesome try with gorgeous ur perfection dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  3. wow i love the vegan version! i made veggie burgers using sweet potatoes and chickpeas! the green chutney looks wonderful! btw, what do you teach?

  4. Delicious love the healthy kabab that too with chickpeas. I am in. Thanks for visiting my blog you have a wonderful space.

  5. The kababs look tempting!!! Thank u for the lovely comment on my blog..You have an awesome space here & happy to follow u..Keep rocking!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. hi, Awesome food recipes and great photography, they say if the presentation is gud to the eyes it adds a 10fold satisfaction on the sense of taste..great work and lovely blog..!!

  7. Yummy kebabas. Very nicely presented and lovely clicks.

  8. Delicious kababs ..innovative idea n well presented!!
    Thanx for stopping by my blog,hope u'l visit again :-)

  9. Beautifully presented. You are a pro girl.

  10. Healthy kebabs, looks very delicious.

  11. yummy kebab and such beautiful presentation.

  12. These look wonderful! Very delicious!