I have been debating back and forth whether on how I should present this recipe to you. I had to call them Indian Style Kebabs because it is Indian flavors of cilantro, turmeric, ginger and garlic, and serving it with Indian side dishes as raita and naan. However, I used minced beef meat, because I like the flavor of it better. And I know that is probably to curse in the church as we say in Norway (Maybe you could use ‘All Hell broke loose’, but cursing in the church is funnier, use that).
Of course, I understand if you want to change up the meat in this one. And it’s fine. But either way you have to make this! It is beyond delicious. I often find minced meat a tiny bit boring, but not here, oh no. There are so many delicious ingredients inside these Indian style kebabs or meatballs. And it’s not at all difficult.
Garlic, onion, ginger, chilis, turmeric, I meaaan YUM. I tried to keep this one simple and not go overboard with ingredients that are hard to find, and sometimes less is more. I think that is the case here, however, not too few. We do like our spices, don’t we.
Indian Style Kebabs with a Fresh Tomato Salad
Chop your onion and chilis as finely as you can. You want the balls to keep together, and the bigger the pieces the harder it is to fry them in one piece. Place your minced meat in a bowl and combine it with salt first. Whenever that’s incorporated, add in the rest of the delicious ingredients. Mix with your hands until everything is well combined. Cover the bowl with foil and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
While this is resting, make your tomato salad. Chop your tomatoes and onions as finely as you prefer, place in a bowl. Add in 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Combine and set aside. Balsamic vinegar is a wonderful ingredient that you can drizzle on salads, deglaze pans and much more. If you really want the real deal, try Aceto Balsamico Di Modena IGP By Compagnia Del Montale, which is made in Italy. They say ‘It Is Velvety, Viscous, And Pure Balsamic Vinegar’. Sounds amazing.
I would also make the raita at this point, and you can find my deliciously fresh raita here. And if you want to make your own naan, I would begin with them, as they need two hours to rise and the yoghurt needs to be at room temperature, click here to find my homemade naan with garlic and cilantro. It is so much better to make your own, so it’s definitely worth it if you have the time! This is also why you should read the entire recipe before you begin cooking, to manage your time and not get any ‘oh no I don’t have the time for that but I really want to eat it’-surprises, we hate those.
How you decide to cook these meatballs are up to you. When I am short on time, I fry them in a regular pan, or a grill pan would be great. When I have more time and want the real deal, I get the coal grill going. This really elevates the taste of the meatballs, but it’s not always necessary. Decide for yourself, I suggest you make it several times and different cooking methods. Either way, I think you’ll be happy with these Indian style kebabs.
If you want them to look more like kebabs you can shape each ball like a fat sigar, but I don’t find that necessary, I just shape them to regular balls. Nevertheless, they are amazing and flavorful. If you decide to grill them, take a few balls on soaked bamboo sticks and brush with melted butter.
You could also get the grill on in your oven, take your bamboo sticks with meatballs on and place them in a pan and get them in the oven. Either way grill them for 5 minutes on each side, and try not to flip them more than necessary or you won’t get that crispy exterior and there is a bigger chance for the balls to fall apart. This is also applicable for any kind of method you decide to go with – don’t flip more than necessary.
- Fry in regular pan or grill pan, or
- Grill in oven, or
- Coal grill (or gas if you have to but ahh..)
I guess you have to make Indian style kebabs at least 3 times now. Isn’t that fantastic?
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Indian Style Kebabs with a Fresh Tomato Salad
Indian Style Kebabs
- 400 gr minced meat of your choice
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2-3 green chilis finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 4-5 cm ginger 1.5-2 inch, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp cilantro finely chopped + more for garnish
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 3-4 tbsp natural yoghurt
- 1 tbsp lemon, juice freshly squeezed
- 4 tbsp dried breadcrumbs (Norwegian: Griljermel, strøkavring)
- melted butter for brushing
- 3-4 tomatoes chopped
- 1/2 red onion chopped
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- raita * see notes
- naan ** see notes
- Chop your onion and chilis as finely as you can. You want the balls to keep together, and the bigger the pieces the harder it is to fry them in one piece. Place your minced meat in a bowl and combine it with salt first. Whenever that's incorporated, add in the rest of the delicious ingredients. Mix with your hands until everything is well combined. Cover the bowl with foil and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- While this is resting, make your tomato salad. Chop your tomatoes and onions as finely as you prefer, place in a bowl. Add in 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Combine and set aside. Remember to make side dishes as raita* and naan** too.
- Make balls or fat sigar shapes and brush with melted butter. Either place them on soaked bamboo sticks and grill them in the oven (remember to place them in a pan), or on the grill for 5 minutes each side - or fry them in a pan when short on time. Do not over flip.
- Serve with tomato salad, soothing raita and naan (preferably homemade).