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Seekh Kabab – Afghan Chicken Kebabs


seekh kabab

Seekh Kabab – Afghan Chicken Kebabs

These deliciously simple Seekh Kababs are perfect for dinner  or tea parties. I like to pack them the next day for Kids Lunch Boxes as well. These Seekh Kababs contain no chili powder, pepper or coriander powder. Mildly spiced and very moist and flavorful! We love them!

Seekh is the Turkish word for the Thick Metal Skewers which are used to shape these kababs. They are fun to make and even more fun to eat! Served with a simple white sauce.

seekh kabab recipe

Seekh Kabab – Afghan Chicken Kebabs

Recipe Type: Chicken / Grill – BBQ
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time:15
Cook time: 10
Total time: 25
Serves: 3-4 ( makes 11 kababs)


  • 470 gms minced chicken
  • 1 medium onion, whole
  • 1 Tbsp ginger
  • 1 Tbsp garlic
  • 1 long green chili, deseeded and chopped finely ( ½ Tbsp)
  • ½ cup toasted bread crumbs (I used Panko)
  • 2 rounded Tbsp finely sliced shallots, fried till crisp
  • a bunch of fresh coriander leaves (about ½ cup loosely packed)
  • 1 rounded Tbsp grated fresh coconut
  • ½ – 1 Tbsp melted butter – melted till soft but not an oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ Tbsp poppy seeds ( kasa kasa )
  • ½ Tbsp  fine green cardamom powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 egg
  • optional – small piece of charcoal (for smoking)
  • salt to taste  (about ½ tsp)
  • 4 Tbsp oil 


  • Rinse the minced chicken and leave to drain completely. All water should be gone.
  • seekh kabab - rinse and drain mince
  • Peel the onion and boil till soft. Drain.
  • seekh kabab - boiled onion
  • Chop the boiled onion coarsley.
  • seekh kabab - chopped roughly

    boiled and drained onion, chopped roughly

  •  Rinse the poppy seeds (kasa kasa) and leave to dry.
  • seekh kabab - kasa kasa rinsed drained and dried
  • Heat the poppy seeds in a dry pan till toasted. The seeds will start to pop in the pan.
  • seekh kabab - kasa kasa heated

    seekh kabab - kus kasa kasa toasted

    toast the washed and dried poppy seeds till ‘popping’

  • Add the toasted poppy seeds and cumin to a  small grinder and process to a powder.
  • seekh kabab - add to coffee grinder

    seekh kabab - ground to a powder

    toasted poppy seeds and cumin seeds, powdered

  • In the same grinder, add the ginger and garlic and grind to a paste.
  • seekh kabab - ginger and garlic

    seekh kabab - ginger garlic paste

    ginger garlic paste

  • Add the drained mince to a food processor and process further till smoother in texture.
  • seekh kabab - add mince to processer

    seekh kabab - process mince even further

    minced chicken, processed further till smooth

  • Add the fresh coriander, chopped cooked onion, ground powder,  and ginger garlic paste to the processor and process, just till the coriander is minced and incorporated (note that the chopped onion should still retain some texture)
  • seekh kabab - fresh coriander to processor
    seekh kabab - pulse together with croiander

    Coriander should be mixed through but onion should retain some texture

    • Use a spatula to scrape all the contents of the processor into a bowl.
    • Add the bread crumbs.
    • seekh kabab - bread crumbs : panko

      seekh kabab - add bread crumbs

      bread crumbs or PANKO

  • Add the melted butter and minced green chillies.
  • seekh kabab - melted butter

    butter, melted

    seekh kabab - deseeded and finely chopped chilli

    seekh kabab - grated coconut

    fresh grated coconut




seekh kabab - add coconut and butter

coconut, green chili, butter

  • Add the crisp shallots to the same grinder used to powder the spices and grind the ginger garlic paste.
  • seekh kabab - crisp shallots - 1
  • Grind to a course powder.
  • seekh kabab - crisp shallots ground
  • Add to the bowl ingredients along with the egg, fine cardamom powder and garam masala powder.
  • seekh kabab - add gournd crisp shallot and egg
  • Add salt to taste. Mix with hands thoroughly till the egg, butter and all other ingredients are smoothly incorporated throughout the mixture.
  • Use your metal skewer (seekh) now. Wet you plans in a small bowl of water lightly.
  • Mould medium lime sized balls and press on to the skewers from on side.
  • seekh kabab - skewer 1
  • Press with moist fingers to create a smooth kabab along the skewer.
  • seekh kabab - skewer 2
  • Gently and smoothly slide off the kabob from the skewers. Do not press to close the openings on either side. Leave them as they are.
  • seekh kabab - skewer 3
  • Place a small piece of charcoal on the burner flame till piping hot and red.
  • seekh kabab - heat small piece of charcoal
  • Place a small dish with some butter on the same tray as the moulded kabobs.
  • butter dish
  • When the charcoal is ‘glowing’ , place it in the buttered dish.
  • seekh kabab - lay in small bowl with butter to produce smoke
  • Quickly cover the tray with a bowl or domed lid. Allow to smoke for 10 minutes. Do not allow any smoke to escape. Use a weight if needed.
  • seekh kabab - cover to absorb smoke
  • Heat a grill pan. Pour a thin layer of oil over the surface.
  • Place the kabobs, slightly spaced and leave undisturbed till the bottom is golden. Then roll and grill all sides evenly. Grill on a medium heat to maintain a sizzle but not overly hot.
  • seekh kabab - grill pan to fry
  • Chicken mince cooks quickly. Do not over fry. You can check doneness by peeking into the  opening created by the skewer. Check if the inside is cooked. (2 minutes per side should do)
  • seekh kabab - grill : fry on both sides seekh kabab - grill:fry on both sides
  • Use wooden spatula to lift the kabobs to serving plate ( avoid tongs).
  • While the kababs are being grilled, prepare a simple white sauce.

Simple White Sauce:

seekh kabab - meanwhile make the sauce

  • Heat 1 Tbsp butter till just melted in a small pan.
  • Add 1 Tbsp plain flour and mix to heat through.
  • Add 1 cup  milk, a little at a time while using a whisk to smoothen the sauce.
  • When bubbling add 1 Tbsp grated cheese and allow to melt through.
  • Add salt to taste and remove from heat.
  • Add 1 tsp dried mint flakes for minty white sauce (optional).

Seekh Kabab – Afghan Chicken Kebabs

Try it and let us know – Seekh Kabab – Afghan Chicken Kebabs .

  •  If you have store brought crisp shallots, use them  OR slice shallots finely and deep fry in a small pan till golden and crisp. Leave on paper to drain.
  • If you do not have metal seekh (skewers) you can use chopsticks. Bamboo skewers are too thin and are not reccomended.
  • Note that the ‘smoking’ procedure can also be done after the kabobs have been grilled, instead of while they are still raw.
  • Instead of white sauce you could also make a green chutney if desired.
  • Do not use more flour in the sauce or a dry film will develop over the sauce. If this has occurred add more milk and heat in the microwave.
  • Do not use more butter than suggested or the kebabs will be harder to mould.
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