Don’t get startled by the fancy French word in front of an old Pakistani or Punjabi classic. I am just taking a family favorite and adding a short cut or twist, hence the new or nouveau seekh kebabs. Ok so let me back up for some of you novices. A seekh kebab is just like any other kebab because its base is ground meat, but the reason for it being different is that the meat is wrapped around a skewer when grilled so when it’s served there is hole running through it. In culinary speak, this is done so the cooking time is shorter and the kebab stays moist instead of drying out (also so the kebab stays whole). Ok so typically this is made with mutton, I just didn’t have time to stop at a specialty store to get that so I went with ground beef, but note you can make this with ground chicken or turkey if you want to lighten this snack up as well.
Here is the nouveau secret: instead of chopping cilantro and using an egg as a binder I used Trader Joe’s cilantro dressing. That’s right, my seekh kebab mixture has salad dressing in it! Ok so I know aunties everywhere are cringing, but try this out and tell me if you don’t love it.
- 1 lb. ground meat (mutton or beef) **Note I used 80/20 beef since I wanted enough fat to add flavor and moisture.
- 1 tbsp. ginger paste
- 1 tbsp. garlic paste
- 1 tsp. ground cumin or jeera powder
- 1/2 tsp. of garam masala
- salt to taste and chaat masala to dust on after cooking
- finely chopped onion (1 medium is what the recipe said and that was definitely way too much, go half an onion at the most)
- 2-3 tbsp. of cilantro dressing
- finely chopped green chili (3 if using the Indian ones and 2 if using a jalapeno or bigger chili)
- don’t forget salt & pepper, I did and it just killed it with no salt
If baking, set the oven to 475 degrees and oil your hands when molding into kebab shape so they don’t stick. If you are cooking it on the charcoal grill or grill pan, cook it on high heat. Do not even try to get around the using a bamboo/metal stick. If you have noticed there is no filler in these kebabs so they WILL fall apart unless cooked in the traditional seekh kebab fashion around a skewer. Hope you enjoy!
Served with hummus, ketchup, or mint chutney.
Happy Eating, XO.