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Best Chapli Kabab Recipe

Best Chapli Kabab Recipe

Best Chapli Kabab Recipe

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Cuisine Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 141 kcal


  • 3 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Ajwain (Carom seeds)
  • 2 tbsp Anardana (Pomegranate seeds)
  • 3 tbsp Corn Flour OR Besan
  • 454 g Ground Beef
  • ½ Chopped Onion
  • 2 Green Onions
  • 2-4 Green Chili Peppers
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic
  • ½ inch -piece Ginger
  • ¼ cup Fresh Coriander
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Flakes
  • ¼ tsp Red Chili Powder
  • ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt To Taste
  • Oil For Frying


  • Heat a small to medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and carom seeds (if using). Toast, stirring and shaking the skillet often, for 3-4 minutes. The seeds will deepen in color and become highly aromatic.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a spice grinder, food processor, or mortar and pestle. Add pomegranate seeds to the spice grinder. Pulse to roughly grind 4-5 times (you don’t want a fine powder, just roughly crushed up seeds).
  • In the same skillet over medium heat, add the corn flour or chickpea flour. Toast until it deepens in color and smells toasty (4-5 minutes). Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  • In a medium bowl, add the ground beef along with the remaining ingredients (ground coriander mixture, toasted corn flour, red onion, green onion, green chili pepper, cilantro, garlic, ginger, red chili flakes, red chili powder, black pepper, salt, egg.
  • Using gloved hands (try not to use bare hands or the green chili may sting), knead for 3-4 minutes, until you begin to see a lacy, stringy texture (resha) of the meat. (Alternatively, you can use the paddle attachment of a food processor and knead on medium speed for 2-3 minutes.) The mixture should be homogenous instead of crumbly. Cover and set aside or refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Add enough oil to generously cover the bottom of the skillet.
  • To test a piece for taste, place a piece of the beef mixture on the pan to cook, turning over as needed. Taste and adjust salt and seasoning if desired.
  • Using oiled hands, take around 1/4 cup heaped of the meat and form into a hearty round shape.

Option 01:

  • Place the round ball on the hot cast iron and use the flat part of a sturdy spatula to press it down until it is 4.5 inches in diameter and no more than 1/3-inch/¾-cm thick.

Option 02:

  • Use your hands to shape the patties until they’re 4.5 inches in diameter and no more than 1/3-inch/¾-cm thick. Place on hot pan.
  • Use a spoon or small spatula to flatten and spread (uneven sides add character!). Fry for 1 ½ to 2 minutes on each side, using your spatula or a spoon to push oil on top of the kabab. Do not overcook. You want it crispy and charred on the outside and just cooked on the inside. (Internal temp 160°F/71°C)
  • Flip over by lifting the kabab using a large spatula and small spatula to hold it in place. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. If the mixture is not binding well enough, add 1 tbsp of corn flour or gram flour. Fry remaining kababs, replacing the oil if it starts to darken.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of ground coriander and cilantro. Serve immediately with mint raita and lemon on the side.

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