Having originated from the cuisines of the Middle East, kabab is indeed a mouthwatering, delicious dish that all of us must try. Moreover, kabab comes in different flavors and attractive colors. Also, the combination of meat with spices makes them too yummy and hard to resist!
Here are the 20 flavors of kababs you must try ASAP!
1. Shish kabab
A shish kabab is a favorite meal or appetizer among many in the world. This kabab is a signature Turkish meal. It is an exotic appetizer made of cubes of lamb meat marinated with lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, bell peppers, black pepper, and ginger.
2. Shami kabab
This is a local variety of kabab, originating from the royal kitchen of the Mughals. The dish is popular in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Made of finely minced mutton and other ingredients such as green chili, red chili, cumin seeds, back pepper cloves, cinnamon, and coriander.
3. Hariyali kabab
The kabab gets its name from the Hindi word “hariyali,” which means “green.” Hariyali chicken kabab is made by marinating the boneless chicken pieces in a green paste of mint, coriander, methi, and spinach leaves, in addition to curd or dahi and some flavorful spices.
4. Galouti kabab
Invented by the Khansamas of Nawab Asad-ud-Daula for his love for different kababs, galouti kababs or ‘galawati’ kababs get their name from the term ‘galouti,’ which means ‘melt in the mouth.’ It is made of finely minced mutton and green papaya that are marinated in finely ground spices. It has a marvelous taste and aroma due to the use of exotic spices and pure ghee.
5. Chapli kabab
Usually made from ground beef, chicken, or mutton with spices in the shape of a patty, the chapli kabab comes from the northern areas of Pakistan. It is a popular street food in many parts of South Asia. This is a Pakistani dish with an Indian special tadka.
6. Seekh kabab
Soft and juicy kabab made with ground chicken and cooked on high heat, seekh kabab is a popular street food in India. It is made with spiced, ground, or minced meat, usually goat, lamb, or chicken, and various spices such as ginger, garlic, green chili pepper, powdered chill, garam masala, and lemon juice give its flavor.
7. Kathi kabab
Made with meat grilled in a skewer, kathi kabab is a famous street food in Kolkata. This kabab is a wonderful snack to have. You can have it by rolling in a kathi roll. If you are fond of chutney, you can also add lots of chutney to this roll; it makes a wonderful combination!
8. Mutton Burrah kabab
This is another type of kabab from the Mughlai cuisine popular in South Asia. The irresistible recipe made with mutton is a true delight for meat lovers. This is usually made of goat meat, liberally marinated with spices and charcoal-grilled. Unlike most Indian dishes, you don’t need to add overpowering masalas or gravies.
9. Paneer kabab
Probably the quickest kabab you can make, paneer kabab requires hardly 15 minutes of preparation time. Isn’t it a good snack for kids or a party appetizer? The delicious shallow-fried melt-in-the-mouth kabab is made with some paneer and potato fillings; you can also add some spices and dry fruits to enhance the flavor.
10. Reshmi kabab
Also known as chicken malai kabab, it is another dish derived from the Mughlai cuisine. The popular appetizer is common in India and Pakistan. The variety of kabab is made using boneless chicken, marinated in a juicy mixture of curd, cream, and cashew nuts, and grilled in the oven. It’s indeed a mouthwatering dish you will not be able to resist!
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11. Rajma ke kabab
An easy-to-make, delicious vegetarian preparation that is also rich in protein. The tasty and flavorful dish is made from kidney beans, spices, and herbs. The rajma kabab can be served as an excellent tea snack.
12. Pyazi kabab
As the name says, “pyaz,” meaning onion, this variety of kabab is made with onion as the main ingredient. It is a vegetarian dish common in Pakistan. The preparation is a flavorsome mixture of onion, lemon grass, mint, coriander, green chili, and maize flour. Pyazi kababs taste unbelievably delicious with tomato chutney.
13. Kalmi kabab
This is another traditional Indian dish influenced by Mughlai cuisine. It can be served as a starter, a snack, or a delicious side dish. It’s usually prepared with leg pieces or chicken drumsticks. It can be served as a delicious party starter along with dahi pudina chutney.
14. Tawa kabab
As the name says, “tawa” meaning “pan” in Hindi, tawa kabab means “kabab in a pan.” It is an Azerbaijani variety of kabab. With the wonderful blend of flavor and spices, this dish is perfect for winter nights. Whether you use any of the meat – beef, chicken, or mutton, it will definitely taste great.
15. Dahi ke kabab
A popular dish belonging to Awadhi Cuisine, it is perfectly crispy on the outside and soft inside. You can serve it with spicy pudina chutney for a relishing treat. It is quite a common kind of vegetarian kabab eaten in Northern India, made of hung curd, paneer, flour, and basic spice powders.
16. Boti kabab
Having originated from Lucknow, boti kabab is prepared using an open charcoal fire. It’s a popular delicacy, now available in almost all restaurants and eateries selling grilled non-veg food. It’s prepared using intensely marinated mutton pieces that can either be baked or grilled on a barbeque. A great dinner party option, isn’t it?
17. Kakori kabab
This is a traditional meat dish originating from the Indian town of Kakori in Uttar Pradesh, hence the name. This variety of kabab was invented by the Awadh cooks for a Nawab. The dish is prepared using meat and raw mangoes and is much softer than regular seekh kababs.
18. Sutli kabab
Deriving its name from the Bengali word “suti,” which means cotton, sutli or suti kabab is like the cousin of seekh kabab. Traditionally, beef is used for the preparation, which consists of spices like white poppy seed paste, coriander powder, papaya paste, mustard paste, etc. If you want to try this dish, you must try visiting restaurants in Kolkata, as it’s rarely found in other places.
19. Adana kabab
This kabab originates from the South Eastern Turkish province of the same name. It is served with grilled vegetables and Bulgur Pilaf.
20. Iskender kabab
Invented by Iskender Efendi, it is a vertically cooking kabab and originates from his seaside hometown of Bursa. Iskender kabab is essentially doner kabab, served with a dollop of melted butter on a bed of bread with yogurt.
This scrumptious delicacy comes in unending varieties. So pick according to your preferences and try your favorite variety of kabab now!
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