Its a beautiful spring morning, my patio doors are open and the smell of cumin, ginger and cilantro fill my kitchen, it’s going to be a great day! Tonight we are having Grandma Great’s delicious Indian Kababs for dinner.
My husbands paternal Grandmother was born in India. After moving and living in the UK for a number or years moved to Canada.
I met Grandma for the first time in Jamaica where she was vacationing with family. I was there with a couple of girlfriends enjoying a well deserved girls trip. The last thing I thought would happen on that trip was that I would meet my future husband. Although we connected on the trip, I’m not sure either of us thought it would be more than a holiday romance. Matchmaker Grandma had bigger plans. Grandma made sure her grandson had my number before we parted ways and the rest, they say is history!!
Grandma, or Grandma great as she was lovingly known as by her grandchildren like most grandmas always wanted to make sure everyone was well fed. My husband was fortunate to have her living with their family for a large part of his life so grew up being well nourished by authentic Indian food. I wish I had, had the opportunity to learn more about Indian cuisine when she was still with us and hope that I can do what I did learn justice as I pass this and future recipes onto you.
Versatile and easy to make
These kababs are so easy to make and can be whipped up in about half an hour. As most things I prefer to eat when they are freshly made. Believe me you will want to eat them right away after smelling the incredible aroma of spices! However they do freeze exceptionally well and due to their small size defrost relatively quickly too. I always mix up extra to freeze have on hand for last minute meals.
I’m sure you will love the versatility of Grandma Great’s kababs. They are as perfect for a family dinner with rice and fresh green salad as they are in a pita for lunch. I also admit I love to eat them cold as a late night snack. Dipped in yogurt with a side of cucumber – delicious!
Other than the fresh herbs I generally have all of the other ingredients for this easy and delicious recipe on hand and although I find fresh ginger and garlic more flavourful jarred work just as well.
Grandma Greats Indian Kebabs
- 2 lb Ground beef or lamb
- 1 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 1nch fresh ginger
- 1 green chilli optional
- 1 tbsp fresh corriander
- 1 tsp fresh mint
- 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp plain yogurt
- 2 tsp ground corriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp grand masala
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- Puree onion, garlic, ginger and green chilli. Omit green chilli if you prefer without spice.
- Combine pureed mixture with all other ingredients and mix thoroughly. I find mixing with my hands works much better than with a spoon.
- Form mixture into sausage shapes. I just for these shapes with my hands but you can form around a thick skewer if you find this method easier.
- BBQ, grill or pan fry for about 10-15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160
I use my Ninja food blender to puree the onion, garlic and ginger together. I coarsely chop first and then pulse for about 30 seconds until smooth. If you don’t have a blender you can simply chop super fine.
We all love the taste of cilantro in our family so I generally double the amount shown in the recipe. As well as tasting incredible did you know cilantro has great nutritional benefits?
Cilantro is rich in minerals that may be valuable in maintaining overall health. Cilantro leaves are rich in calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium and iron. Research has shown that low potassium is associated with a risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, digestive disorders, and infertility. While iron is essential for red blood cell production. Calcium and manganese is essential in treating and preventing weak bones (osteoporosis) and can help reduce spinal bone loss in older women.Source medicalhealthguide.com
I agree at this stage the uncooked kebabs really don’t look appealing but believe me you will love the taste. Keep in mind the kebab will shrink so make a little bigger than you need.
To cook you can pan fry or cook in the oven but I prefer grilling on the BBQ. Firstly because I think the BBQ improves the taste. Secondly I love tormenting my neighbours with the smell as they cook!
I’d love to hear what your think of this easy recipe by leaving me a comment below.
Until next time,