When I first had Galouti Kebab, I never thought it would be so creamy and so flavorful.. The aroma.. The tickling taste buds.. Oh my god! I can’t even explain..Pure bliss.. 😌
It was created for an aging Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow who lost his teeth, but not his passion for meat dishes. ‘Galouti’ or ‘Galawati’ means “melt in your mouth”. Traditionally, green papaya is used to make the meat tender. After being mixed with a few select herbs and spices the very finely ground meat 🍖(lamb and beef) is shaped into patties and fried in pure ghee until they are browned. The original recipe is supposed to have more than 100 aromatic spices. 😱
Well I don’t even know the names of 100 spices 😁. So this isn’t an authentic recipe. Actually, I was experimenting with soya kebabs the other day and when I ate the final product, I had the same ‘Galouti-Kebab-feeling’. I have eaten Rajma Galouti Kebab, but it is dry. I feel that this is a better version of vegetarian Galouti Kebab. Plus it is easy… Why don’t you judge it yourself.. 🙄
Here is what you’ll need..
100 gms Soya chunks or granules, soaked
1 medium onion, sliced
6-7 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1″ pc of ginger, sliced
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 tbsp roasted chana dal (split Bengal gram)
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
7-8 black pepper
1 Bay leaf
3-4 Cardamom pods
2″ cinnamon stick
2 dry red chillies
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp chat masala
Juice of half lime
2-3 tbsp hung curd
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tbsp cream
3-4 tbsp butter or ghee
Salt, to taste
1. Heat 2 tbsp butter or ghee in a pan. Add all the whole spices. After the aroma is released,fry garlic, ginger and onion till slightly browned.
2. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, tomato and soya. Cover and cook for 5 mins.
3. Bring the mixture to room temperature, add curd, chat masala, coriander, chana dal, lime juice and grind into a fine paste.
4. Now mix cream and bread crumbs. The mixture should form a very soft dough like structure. (add more bread crumbs if you find it tough to handle). Taste and check the seasoning.
5. Grease your palms and give desired shape.(a bit messy work)
Tip: take desired amount of the mixture and roughly give a round shape, put on the heated pan and press. Be careful.
6. Heat a non stick or a grill pan, brush with ghee or butter and fry each side till golden brown.
Serve hot with mint chutney, raita or ketchup. You can use it a burger patty or as a wrap stuffing. 🙂
Tip : You can use 1 tbsp of garam masala powder instead of whole spices.
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