Be My Guest - Awadhi Shikampuri Kababs

Time for this month's guest! And I must say, I am pretty excited! Last time, I had Farrukh as my guest and this time, I have another lovely blogger gracing my space. Last month, I was on her blog and this month, she is on mine. Ever since I have been following her little blog, I have been a fan of the same. The fact that she tries to improve herself on a post by post basis is itself a pointer towards how hard she is working on her blog and on her photography. It puts bloggers like me to shame... Hehe... More than that, I adore her blog for all the authentic Hyderabadi recipes that she keeps posting in and out, especially the meat variety that you cannot but help yourself to drool!

To cut the long story short, I have with me Farheen, who blogs at Zaiqedaar Pakwan. She was really not confident about how she would fare on doing the guest post, but I must say that this must be a post that I didn't have to request for any changes or updates - perfect in its way!

Ramadan is a time when many households do a lot of preparations ahead, especially with snacks. Cutlets, samosas, spring rolls and traditional recipes like Unnakkaya are prepared well ahead, individually cling wrapped and frozen till use. In our household, we have never done that as we used to hardly fry anything for our Iftar table and even if fried stuff were requested, it would be something that could be easily put together like ullivada or pinjiyappam. I was thinking of doing it this time, as a change but then HD gets a little shocker when I tell him that it is a month old frozen stuff that I fried! Hehe... As the time calls for, Farheen has bought along an irresistible snack to adorn your Iftar tables soon!

Without much ado, off to her post and the recipe...

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu!! :)

First of all I thanks Allaah Subhanu'wa tala for giving me this opportunity and blessing me to witness this Ramadan Alhumdulillaah!!

Secondly, I would like to thanks Rafeeda for inviting me to do a guest post for her. As this would be my first post as a guest at her space, I am quite excited doing this. :D

To begin with my introduction, I am Farheen who blogs at "Zaiqedaar Pakwaan" currently living in Bahrain. Hardcore "pakka hyderabadi" who is obsessed with Hyderabadi Cuisine. For me nothing beats like hyderabadi food. Alhumdulillah, homemaker and mother of two kids love to explore new cuisines, recipes and culture. Baking is my passion but cooking non-veg dishes makes my family their favorite. As I am a beginner in blogging world everyday is a new learning experience for me. It just happened 2 years back I started sharing my recipes on facebook page and later, on demand and friends help stepped in blogging world. I must confess that my lovely blogger friends helped me out soo much in this new venture that I owe a lot to them.

Rafeeda asked me for guest post for Ramadan and she gave me plenty of time to make a post to her, but me who is very new to this field gave her tough time submitting on time. :P (thanks Rafee for being such a patience soul)

Alhumdulillah as we are witnessing most blessed month of Ramadan, its important for us Muslims to know how time plays very crucial role in this month. Knowing the merits of the Ramadan we should not be heedless the way we have been spending the other months. Striving hard in gaining the pleasure of our Lord, prolong for forgiveness and purify our intentions for the sake of Allah. Don’t just let this blessed hour of Ramadan pass by… every moment of this month is an opportunity to earn the pleasure of Allah, have your Dua answered, and your sins forgiven…

The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “There are three people whose Dua is NOT rejected; (one among them is) the fasting person until he breaks the fast,….” [at-Tirmidhee]

Keeping this in mind I usually try to make stuffs which can be stored before Ramadan so that I can save my time spending in kitchen, and making majority of my time in Ibaadah in the form of our Salaah, recitation of the Qura’an, pondering over the verses etc...

Awadhi Shikampuri Kababs stuffed with green mango filling is one of such recipe which can be made ahead of time and frozen for later use.


Mince meat 500g
Split bengal gram 125g
Ginger 1"
Garlic 8 cloves
Whole red chilies 4-5
Black pepper corns 1tsp
Cinnamon 1"
Black cardamom 4
Garam masala powder 1tsp
Mace powder 1tsp
Green cardamom powder ½ tsp
Kewra water 1tsp
Salt to taste
Ghee 250g

For the filling:
Mint leaves 50g
Green chilies 10
Ginger 1"
Onion 3 medium sized
Raw mangoes 125g
Salt ¼ tsp


Clean the mince meat. Scrape and chop the ginger. Wash the bengal gram dal well and drain out the water. Put the mince meat, ginger, garlic, dal, red chilies, pepper corns, black cardamom and cinnamon stick in a heavy bottom pan with ½ liter water and salt. Cover and cook till the dal is done. Uncover and cook till the water evaporates. Remove from fire and grind to a fine paste leaving no grains in the paste at all. Smoke the mixture using a charcoal for 10 minutes. Mix in the garam masala, mace powder, green cardamom powder and kewra water. Divide into approximately 15 portions and keep aside.

For the filling, wash and finely chop the mint leaves, onions and green chilies. Peel, deseed and finely chop the raw mangoes. Finely julienne the ginger. Add salt and mix all the ingredients well. Divide the mixture into 15 parts. Take each ball of the mince mixture and stuff with the filling. Gently shape into patties. Grease a tava with ghee and place the kebabs on it. Cook on very slow flame adding more ghee as required. When the sides of the kebab turn golden brown, flip and brown on the other side as well. Serve hot with green chutney.

Once again, JazakAllah Khair, Rafeeda for this opportunity to be featured on your lovely space. I sincerely hope I have done justice to your request. Here’s wishing all the beautiful readers a blessed Ramadan and an auspicious Eid ul Fitr in advance. May Allah bless us with the best that He can give all of us, Aameen!

JazakAllah Khair for this lovely post, dear Farheen... let us pray that all of us having a Ramadan full of accepted deeds... Aameen...

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