How to Make the Perfect Kebab

There is no other appetiser that can dethrone the mighty kebab.

LF Team

Slow cooked over open flames with wafting smokiness that warms the cockles of your heart. Kebabs have been part of India’s culinary heritage for a very long time. In India, no soiree is complete without kebabs. As a matter of fact, we’ve made kebabs are very own integrating local ingredients and cooking techniques. The Mughals and then the Nawabs of Awadh have perfected kebabs in India. The epitome of Awadhi Kebabs has to be Galauti Kebabs.

Here is Chef Ajay Chopra’s tried and tested recipe for Galauti Kebab.

Galauti Kebab Recipe
For Galauti Masala:

2 tsp Fennel seeds
2 Star Anise
1 tsp Mace
5 to 6 Cloves
1 tsp Black pepper
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
3 Black Cardamom
5 Green Cardamom
1 tsp Ajwain (Caraway seeds)
2 Bay Leaves
2 Dry Red Chillies
1 tsp Royal Cumin
1 tsp Pathar ke phool
1 Khas Root
2 Paan Root
1 tsp Dry Rose petal powder

For Galauti Kebab:

4 strips of raw Papaya skin
1 Onion
2 Green Chilli's
1 tbsp water
1 kg Mutton
2 tsp Deggi Mirch Powder
2 tbsp Galauti masala
1 tbsp Brown Cashew paste
1 tbsp Brown Onion paste
1 tsp Screw pine water
Few Saffron strands
250 gms ghee
4 tbsp roasted gram powder
2 Pieces of coal
3 Cloves

To Fry:

Couple of Tablespoons of Ghee



the galauti masala, dry roast all masala ingredients till they release their essential oil and aromas. Once the herbs and spices have cooled a bit, grind them into a powder with the help of a food processor.
In an open and shallow plate, take the mutton, which has been minced at least 10 times. To this add a paste made from raw papaya peels, onions and green chillies, make sure there is no moisture in the paste.
Now add deggi mirch powder, salt, galauti masala, brown cashew paste, brown onion paste, kewra water, saffron strands, ghee and roasted gram powder, and mix everything properly.
Make a well in the centre of mutton mixture, place a small stainless steel bowl containing smoking charcoal pieces, and add cloves. Pour ghee on the hot charcoal, quickly cover the plate with aluminium foil. Wait for 5 minutes for the mince to be properly smoked.
Remove the foil and bowl. Make small disc-shaped kebabs from the mince.
In a pan heat ghee, place the galauti kebabs and fry till they get colour on both sides.
Serve hot with roomali roti.

Here’s a video to help you stay in sync of the recipe:
How to Make the Perfect Kebab

Chef Chopra’s recipe is true to the original Lucknow one. If you find it too complicated to follow, we have a simplified Galauti Kebab recipe as well. Here’s the step-by-step recipe.

If your love for kebabs gives a severe case of wanderlust, there is only one city that you need to go to - Lucknow! Here's a guide to eating out in Lucknow, which includes extensive details of the best kebabs in Lucknow.

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