Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Kastoori kabab ...something aromatic, beautiful & different!!

Kabab is something always a "hit"-formula for any party or any friday evening. There is hardly anyone, who doesn't like kababs. At my house, it is always a big hit anyday!! The other day, while searching for something different, I came across this. Actually I found this name very interesting ..."kastoori" reminds me of "kasturi mriga" (musk deer..famous for the very rare perfume). Also the method is also very different...so thought to give it a try. But surely didn't assume, it will come out so good!


  • Chicken 600 gm (cut into 2" cubes...washed & well dried)
  • Lime/lemon juice 3 table spoon
  • Ginger paste 2 table spoon
  • Garlic paste 2 table spoon (I pasted 2 thai red chilli to make it spicy)
  • Coriander leaves 2 table spoon (finely chopped)
  • Grated ginger 1 tea spoon
  • Caraway seeds/ shahi jeera 1/2 tea spoon
  • White pepper powder 1 tea spoon
  • Green cardamom powder 1 tea spoon
  • Mace/ javitri powder less than 1/2 tea spoon 
  • Saffron/ kesar 1/2 tea spoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Egg yolks 3 (only yolks)
  • Gram flour/besan 1/2 cup 
  • Bread crumb 1/2 cup ( roll it to more powdery)
  • White oil 2 table spoon
  • Butter 
  • Skewers ( soak them for an hour if using wooden skewers)

How to proceed:
  • Soak skewers in water (in case, you are using wooden skewers).

  • Pat dry washed & cleaned chicken pieces with kitchen tissue/towel very well. Chicken pieces should be well dried.
  • Rub chicken pieces with lime/lemon juice, white paper and ginger-garlic paste. Marinate chicken for an hour.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add gram flour and fry till golden brown. Take out 3-4 table spoon of that mixture separately. 
  • In remaining mixture add grated ginger, 1/2 tea spoon cardamom powder, 1/4 tea spoon javitri powder and bread crumb. Sauté for few seconds. Add marinated chicken to it. Add salt. Cook it in high flame for 3-4 minutes to incorporate in the mixture.

  • Insert chicken pieces in skewers. 4-5 pieces in each skewer.
  • Take separated gram flour mixture and 3 egg yolks in a bowl. Add coriander leaves, shahi jeera, kesar, cardamom powder and remaining javitri powder. Prepare a batter.
  • Coat chicken pieces (skewered chicken) with the batter.
  • Preheat your oven to 220'C.
  • Arrange chicken skewers on oil-brushed aluminium foil. 
  • Grill for 6-8 minutes both side..or til they are done. Brush with butter while grilling.
  • Spread a pinch of cardamom powder. Serve with a lime slice and salad and coriander-mint chutney.

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