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Vegan Shami Kebabs (Kala Chana Kebabs)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 1 cup dried brown chickpeas soaked overnight, drained and boiled till tender
  • 1 medium-sized potato boiled till tender and peeled
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoon chickpea flour also known as besan
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • oil for frying


  • Add brown chickpeas and potato into a large bowl and mash well.
  • Mix all the rest of the ingredients, except the oil, into the bowl to incorporate well with the mashed chickpeas and potato. You can set it aside for 15-20 minutes to intensify the flavours.
  • Divide the mix into 20-24 equal portions and form into patties.
  • Heat enough oil to coat a wide non-stick pan, and shallow fry the patties for 2-3 minutes on each side till crisp.
  • Serve hot with a side of Cilantro-Mint Chutney.