Thursday, March 10, 2016

Chicken Kebab Rolls

This is something I came up with  one night for dinner.  Having lived in Karachi , Pakistan for  about two and a half years  to do my degree,  I ate quite a number of    kebab rolls, which  they served in the university canteen. I remember sitting on hot summer days waving  a roll in one hand  and trying to  stop flies from diving into my soft drink bottle.
This was during 1998  , I was back home in one piece  and a few kilos heavier by end  of 2000 .  Thinking of all the ghee laden food still makes my mouth water. But I never could replicate the exact kebab roll so I ended with something like this. A bit more healthier  version I think...

Recipe : Chicken Kebab rolls 

275g boneless chicken breast
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/2 " ginger , grated
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cardamman
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp  ground black pepper
1-2 green chillies, chopped roughly
2 tbps fresh coriander leaves, chopped

Shredded lettuce, fresh onion slices lime juice and Tzatziki  sauce to serve
Flat bread such as roshi, parata,  tortilla or chappati

Place the chicken inside a food processor , chop it up. Add the  the spices, chilli  ginger  garlic, coriander leaves and pulse a few times to mix and chop everything up.

Turn it all into a large bowl , season with salt. I use  fine salt so about 1/2 tsp would do I think.
Mix well with your hands and leave to marinate inthe fridge for an hour or so.

After an hour. Remove and let it come to room temperature.  Take a metal skewer ( if using wooden bamboo ones soak them in water first or wrap them in foil so they dont burn) Using your fingers, take a generous amount of chicken and wrap around the skewer like a flat sausage. Take a few tries to get it nice and evenly distributed. Too much it might weigh down and fall off.  Repeat with the rest.

Arrange on a metal tray so that its lying without touching the bottom of the tray.
You can cook in a very hot oven or under a grill or even over hot coals on a barbacue pit. Great one to take the next time you head for a barbeque.

In the oven it took about 20 minutes, ( make sure the oven is hot before you put them to cook) .Turn them around so they cook evenly.  Remove when done , and cool a little before you gently ease them off the skewer.

To serve:  Take a flat bread spread with Tzatziki sauce, add lettuce, onion slices ,  break kebab into bite size pieces and arrange on top. Assemble just when its about to eat or just get everything separate and let everyone make their own .


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  2. Very good is a wonderful and delicious alternative to chicken! A hug Good evening! :-D

  3. I just had dinner and I am full, yet looking at that roll is making me feel hungry....

  4. We love chicken kabob, but I have never made...thanks for the recipe Nammi...looks delicious, packed with flavors.
    Hope you are enjoying your week :)

  5. what a great recipe and love Pakistani food

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  7. Healthy and delicious meals like this are the best! We LOVE tzatziki!

  8. Hi Nammi, This looks delicious. Will definitely try it. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. Would it be possible for you to share a kulhi boakiba recipe?


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