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Chapli Kebab

Chapli kebab are a special occasion food. They are both incredibly tasty, and incredibly spicy. Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtun Khua is known for it’s wonderful Chapli kebab.


1 kg Beef mince (a tender and fatty cut is preferred 80/20 meat to fat ratio)

2 Green Chilies chopped finely

½ tsp. powdered cumin

3 Tomatoes chopped

½ tsp. Red chili powder

2 tsp. red chili flakes

1 tsp. Coriander powder

½ Onion chopped finely

3 tbsp. Green coriander (chopped)

1 tsp. green papaya powder

2 tsp. Ginger

1 tsp. garlic             

½ tsp. freshly ground Black pepper

½  a beaten Egg

½ cup Oil (for frying)

1 tsp. Salt (increase or decrease according to preference)

Directions for Chapli Kebab:

  1. In a large stainless steel bowl, take beef mince plus all the ingredients except for oil and mix thoroughly to combine.
  2. Let rest for 1 hour.
  3. Heat a flat iron griddle until sizzling and add a tablespoon of oil to it once hot.
  4. Take about 1/3 cup of the mixture and pat into the shape of a burger patty, it should be less than ¼ inch thick.
  5. Place the patty shaped kebab onto the hot griddle using a spatula; ensure that the meat touches a well-oiled surface.
  6. Cook four at a time, on one side for five minutes at medium heat, then flip and cook the opposite side for 5 minutes or until well done.
  7. Repeat until all the meat has been used. You can also form kebabs and freeze them on trays until needed.
  8. Serve hot with chapatis.
  9. Your tasty Chapli Kebabs are ready.

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