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Chapli Kebabs

Chapli Kebabs, hailing from the culinary traditions of Pakistan's Peshawar region, are a delightful blend of ground meat and spices, shaped into thin, flavorful patties. These kebabs are renowned for their distinct flavor and unique, flattened shape, making them a popular choice at gatherings or as a quick snack.
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Chapli Kebabs are a beloved street food in Pakistan and are now enjoyed worldwide for their rich, savory taste. These kebabs are made with ground meat, typically beef or lamb, and a combination of aromatic spices that give them their unique flavor. The name "Chapli" is derived from the Pashto word "chaprikh," which means flat, and it perfectly describes the thin, disc-like shape of these kebabs.


500 grams ground beef or lamb
1 large onion, finely chopped
2-3 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-inch piece of ginger, minced
2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground red chili powder (adjust to taste)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 tomatoes, sliced (for garnish)
Fresh coriander and mint leaves for garnish
Lemon wedges for serving
1 Servings

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In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, finely chopped onion, green chilies, minced garlic, minced ginger, chopped fresh coriander, chopped fresh mint, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.


Take a handful of the meat mixture and shape it into a thin, round patty, approximately 1/2 inch thick and 3-4 inches in diameter. Repeat this process to make as many kebabs as desired.


Heat the cooking oil in a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Once hot, carefully place the kebabs in the pan. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until they are browned and cooked through. Use a spatula to gently press down on the kebabs as they cook to maintain their flat shape.


Transfer the Chapli Kebabs to a serving platter. Garnish with sliced tomatoes, fresh coriander leaves, and mint leaves. Serve hot with lemon wedges and your favorite chutney or raita.

Tips for this recipe

For added flavor, you can also incorporate a beaten egg into the meat mixture before shaping the kebabs. This will help bind the kebabs together and make them even more delicious and tender.

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