Shami Kebab

Bored of the same old patties or tikkis? There is solution ~ Shami Kebab

Channa dal surrounded by black Channa for Shami Kebab

Yes, this recipe is just amazing. I was bored of the same old aloo tikki or any other vegetarian patti recipe and there came to my rescue was the Zee TV with this awesome Shami Kebab. Now, I am not sure why it is called a kebab, but that’s the least to think of. This recipe is packed with protein and so darn delicious that it will make you want to eat more. Of course I have modified the recipe a little for extra flavor and aroma. From my experience, it could be eaten as a snack with some chai or as a complete meal with yogurt, onions, meethi chutney (See NOTE section for recipe) or whatever condiments you may like. We did have it as a meal and gave ourselves a break from the routine food of roti and sabzi. It needs just a little extra effort but well worth it. If you make it and invite your family and friends they will wonder what it is made of while relishing every bite of it.


  • 1 cup black channa soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup channa dal
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • A few mint leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp dill leaves finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp of ginger-garlic paste
  • Salt per taste
  • 1 green chili finely chopped or per taste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder or per taste
  • 1 tsp dhania powder
  • 1 tsp amchur powder
  • Oil to fry
  • Pressure cook black channa and channa dal with little water for just one whistle. Let it cool and then grind it into a little coarse paste with no water or very little water. Mix all the ingredients and taste, adjust for any seasonings. Make small oblong shapes out of the mixture and flatten it.

    Shami Kebab ready to be fried

    Heat a non-stick pan, place the oblong kebab mixture, drizzle some oil around it and let it fry; flatten it with a spatula if needed. Do not turn it for about 3 minutes or so. Flip it and drizzle with some more oil, flatten it with a spatula if needed and let it fry until golden brown. Serve hot as is or with any condiments you like.

    Crispy, Delicious, Protein Rich ~ Shami Kebab


    1. You can substitute cilantro instead of dill.
    2. The ratio of black channa to channa dal is 2:1. So adjust it as to how much you want to make.

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    15 Responses to Shami Kebab

    1. Danielle says:

      As always an awesome recipe and pics

    2. Nikita says:

      Wow, what a great idea! Will surely try it out.

    3. Sonu says:

      Shami Kebab…it really new and fresh idea Priya. Even I am bored with regular veggie petties. Your petties look so yummy. Should try sometime. 🙂

    4. JimmyBean says:

      I don’t know If I said it already but …Cool site, love the info. I do a lot of research online on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

      A definite great read..Jim Bean

    5. tina says:

      First time to your blog….Shami kebab looks yummy and healthy….

    6. dipali says:

      I made them yesterday, with a spicy dhania chutney- my guests enjoyed them thoroughly, so did we!
      ( I’ve been lurking for a while, but had to tell you this)

      • 365DaysVeg says:

        That is so nice to hear Dipali. I am glad everyone enjoyed it. Just a different twist from the usual isn’t it?

    7. Hurricane C says:

      This looks delicious and it is so healthy! Your posts are all yummy and amazing. The fact that you do all this with a toddler @ home even more so! Recently found your blog and am a fan now!
      I did have a Q though. How many kebabs does this proportion make?

      • 365DaysVeg says:

        Thanks so much Hurricane C. Yes it’s a challenge to find time, but once I put him to bed then it’s all my time. Well, I was able to make approximately 15 – 20 kebab’s. Just make small balls and flatten them. I would say as much as you take for making roti is good enough to make a small ball and flatten. I hope this helps.

    8. Ramya says:

      i came across this site and found ur pic..first time here…thanks to that guy who copied the pic..found a wonderful blog

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