veg shammi kabab, how to make veg shammi kabab

by dassana amit updated August 7, 2013

vegetarian shammi kabab - veg shammi kabab recipe

shammi kabab is a very popular awadhi dish made from minced meat, lentils and spices. these kababs are succulent, tasty and melt in the mouth.

well i know these facts since i have had them before becoming a vegetarian. I would just have 1 or 2 kababs and thats it. I could not eat more since i did not like the taste & texture of meat in the kabab….. and by the way all the kababs were made my me.

there was time when i would cook fish, meat & chicken for my folks at home… i would just cook and not eat at all. it was just cooking that gave me a lot of joy.

veg shammi kabab recipe

by the way all in my family are non vegetarians and we co exist :-)

now these vegetarian shammi kababs are not melt in the mouth. that much i can tell you… but they are delicious.

veg shammi kabab recipe

I bet you won’t miss the meaty shammi kababs when you dig a bite in these vegetarian ones.

I make these veg kababs usually with chana dal or whole black chickpeas/kala chana. the recipe posted here has been made with black chana. if you have presoaked chana handy, then making these kababs is a breeze.

shammi kababs made from black chickpeas

veg kababs are excellent as starters and even teams up well with bread in a sandwich, with bun in a burger and with pita bread too. pita bread reminds me of the best pita bread i had made some days ago. and when i say, best… i mean it. the bread was soft, fluffy and fluffed up so well…. plus vegan too.

ok… back to the veg kababs. once shaped into small patties and then shallow fried – serve these veg shammi kabab hot hot,  with onion-mint-lime salad or the mint-yogurt chutney that is usually served with tandoori snacks.

vegetarian shammi kabab recipe

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check hara bhara kabab, paneer tikka, aloo tikki and mushroom tikka.

veg shammi kabab recipe details below:

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vegetarian shammi kabab
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veg shammi kabab is a very popular awadhi dish
Recipe type: snacks
Cuisine: awadhi
Serves: 9-10 veg kababs
  • 1 cup dried black chickpeas/kala chana
  • 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped or minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp ginger paste
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour/besan
  • salt
  • oil for frying the kababs
  1. soak the black chickpeas in water overnight of for 6-7 hours.
  2. drain and pressure cook the chickpeas with enough water and salt till they are thoroughly cooked.
  3. let the pressure settle down in the cooker.
  4. drain the cooked chickpeas now.
  5. in a large bowl add the chickpeas and mash them with a wooden spoon or a blender or your hands.
  6. just make a semi coarse mixture and not too smooth.
  7. add all the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  8. make into small round shaped kababs or patties.
  9. shallow fry the kababs in medium hot oil till crisp and browned on both sides.
  10. you can also bake the kababs with a drizzle of oil for a healthier version.
  11. garnish kababs with mint leaves and serve hot.
  12. serve veg kababs with onion-mint salad along with slices of lime and some mint chutney.
you can also make the kabas with chana dal or both chana dal and black chickpeas. when frying, for testing first fry one kabab in the oil. if it doesn’t break than you can safely fry the remaining kababs. if it does break, then add some more chickpea flour/besan to the mixture.
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Serving size: 3-4

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Rajani October 30, 2013 1

Hello i read ur blog a lot and tried many of ur recepies they r really good.thank u.and i also wanted to know wts the diff bw convection mode in microwave and the electric one. I bake all my cakes in the former.


dassana November 8, 2013 2

thanks. both convection mode in microwave and the OTG or electric oven use the convection principle of heating. so there is no difference in the heating method. there are just a few differencea like – in microwave the heating element is placed on top and it has a fan. whereas in most electric ovens, the heating element is placed on top and bottom of the oven and they do not have fans.


Alpana October 5, 2013 3

Mouthwatering…I will be tring it soon. They look healthy too..
I must compliment you for the pictures…


dassana October 5, 2013 4

thanks alpana


Sunayana September 9, 2013 5

this is a v v good recipe for veg shammi kababs. thank you.
i also added a half tsp of chaat masala to the mix and i think that it added a bit more flavor.
very healthy for the kids as well.

made it twice already. once with only kala channa and once with kala channa and channa daal combo – both v good.


dassana September 9, 2013 6

thanks sunayana for sharing your tips.


Sania June 24, 2013 7

Can we freeze them ?


dassana June 24, 2013 8

no, veg shammi kabab should be eaten fresh.


jhanvi February 19, 2013 9

i hope you reply soon since its soooo old post dear. i tried making these kabab today.. for some reason; as soon as i added the kababs. whole oil turned white foam sort of. and the kabab absorbed all the oil and tasted so heavy and so fragile in texture. i used chana daal boiled. any idea???


dassana February 19, 2013 10

hi jhanvi, when we fry patties or even falafel or stuff which has ground chana dal, kala chana or kabuli chana, the oil does foam. but it goes after some time. did you deep fry or shallow fry.
i guess the oil was not enough hot, hence the kababs absorbed so much oil. they will become fragile if they absorb a lot of oil. i can imagine the the taste and texture since this has happened with me too.

as a rule, when frying tikkis, kababs or patties or even falafel, always add one small kabab or tikki first. if the kababs get fried perfectly and do not absorb a lot of oil, then the oil has the right temperature. another suggestion would be to pan fry the kababs. these would make them crisp as well as less oil will be used. its not due to chana dal. i even make the chana dal vadas at home and its the same consistency as these kababs.


saurabh February 19, 2013 11

these kebabs are ok but not like those veg kababs in lucknow in which they add soyabean nuggets and mesh them together with dal they totally melt in the mouth


dassana February 19, 2013 12

may be those kebabs are melt in mouth, but these are healthier. i avoid using soybean nuggets which one gets in india as they are heavily processed with no soy goodness or nutrition in them.


sunita December 4, 2012 13

Hi Dasaana

I made this on sunday and it came absolutely fantastic and delicious, i usually used to make this fried but your this recipe was too good

Take cr


dassana December 6, 2012 14

thanks sunita


Courtney Rae Jones July 25, 2012 15

I love your recipes! Everything you post, I want to make :) These kababs look fantastic!


Tanvi@SinfullySpicy July 13, 2012 16

I make shaami kebabs with soy or black eyed beans. Never tried with kala chana but oh so good! Perfect for the rainy day


Asmita July 13, 2012 17

These kebabs look yum!


CaroInBerlin July 12, 2012 18

These look fantastic. I have made similar ones before with red lentils and chickpeas but these seem to have a nicer consistency.


shruthi July 11, 2012 19

The Kabab’s looks awesome Dassana, I always made kabab’s with potato mix but never tried with channa…I should definately give a try :)
Like you being the only vegeterain at home and cooking nonveg for everyone else feels awesome.

BTW: Your Continue Reading feature is not working.


dassana July 12, 2012 20

thanks shruthi. the continue reading feature is not for the first two posts on the home page. for these, the image or title has to be clicked to read the whole posts.


Kiran @ July 11, 2012 21


These kabab’s looks sooo delicious :D Cannot wait for the recipe on pita bread. It looks unbelievably good!


dassana July 11, 2012 22

after a long time kiran… what a pleasant surprise. will check out your blog in a while.


Sharmilee July 11, 2012 23

Bookmarked it right away..looks damn tempting


familycook July 11, 2012 24

The shaami kababs looks absolutely delicious. And now, I cant wait to read your post on the Pita Bread. You made them like a pro!

Btw, the white background looks amazing.


dassana July 11, 2012 25

thanks familycook. i have made pita bread before also but using different measurements. this time they were different from the earlier recipe i have made before and they were so good.


chinmayie @ love food eat July 11, 2012 26

My husband is non-vegetarian and cook fish and chicken for him even now. I really enjoy cooking them because i know he loves eating them. Also… I truly respect everybody food choices.
Lovely kebabs!


dassana July 11, 2012 27

even i respect everybody’s food choices and never interfere.


DiamondN July 11, 2012 28

Hi Dassana,
Can I use the normal light brown chickpea instead of the black one?


dassana July 11, 2012 29

yes you can use the light brown chickpea. you can also make these kababs from green chickpeas.


Jenny July 11, 2012 30

They look really great, and the pita looks out of this world!


dassana July 11, 2012 31

thanks jenny


sreedevi July 11, 2012 32

These are almost similar to our andhra recipe CHANA DAL VADA, but where we mix fresh coriander leaves, onion, cinnamon, cloves, ginger with soaked chanadal paste(rough). not cooked dal. But ur recipe as it cooked , we can fry in little oil which is good in health terms…………
i will definitely try it………………….


dassana July 11, 2012 33

i do make chana dal vada at home but never posted the recipe. as you have rightly pointed out the difference is in the raw and cooked method. you can just pan fry with a little oil also on the tava or non stick tava till crisp & browned on both sides.


radha July 11, 2012 34

These are similar to falafel, aren’t they? And they indeed are tasty. And as usual good pictures that make it more mouth-watering. Will await the pita bread recipe


dassana July 11, 2012 35

they are not similar to falafel. these are more denser than falafel and the taste is also typically awadhi. falafel has a different taste altogether and a lighter in texture than these kebabs.


sandhya July 11, 2012 36

wow!yummy lovely pics waiting for tempting pita bread recipe…


dassana July 11, 2012 37

yes sandhya will post soon.


Zohra Rajah July 11, 2012 38

Am sure it is good. Waiting for weekend to try it.

Looking forward to receive the pita bread recipe.

Thanks you so much


dassana July 11, 2012 39

thank you too zohra.


supriya July 11, 2012 40

Dassana the pics are awesome. The kebbabs looks perfect waiting for the Pita bread recipe.


dassana July 11, 2012 41

thanks supriya.


Richa@HobbyandMore July 11, 2012 42

i love love that first picture.. clean, white and the perfect depth! and the kababs look amazing too. i need to try these with the black chickpeas for sure. how is the fam reacting to your trying a vegan diet:)


dassana July 11, 2012 43

hubbs is ok. the rest still don’t know that i am going on a vegan diet. if they come to know i will get strange stares and great & lengthy discourses :-)


Bhavna July 11, 2012 44

Hey Dasana lovely pics pf the pita bread waiting for the recipe…I made your normal white bread recipe it was wonderful and also made the vegan banana cake was a super hit at home …will soon try the kebabs…loves n God bless !


dassana July 11, 2012 45

hey bhavna, after a long time i am hearing from you. i hope you and your family are great. i still have to make your potato mayonnaise. thanks for making the recipes as well as your feedback. hugs and god bless you and your family too.


Ram July 10, 2012 46

In Old Karnataka area, specially Mysore and Banglore it goes by the name ” Ambode” [AmbaVade]
In that, only green chilly and red chilli powder and salt is added and then grind it to a rough dow. It is fried in oil till brown and crisp. For better taste Mint leaves are added for fragrance,before grinding. But in your receipe more masala is added which, I am sur will enhance the taste. We shall try it out. Thanks for this new receipe.


dassana July 10, 2012 47

thanks for sharing this info ram. i have heard about ambode but never made them at home. the garam masala does enhances the taste of the kababs.


Kanan July 10, 2012 48

shammi kebab with kala chana sounds interesting.. And Dassana your pita bread puffed up so nice.. I am just staring at the picture..


prathibha July 10, 2012 49

Those kebabs look very delicious and also r ur fotos..superb..


Anamika @ madcookingfusions July 10, 2012 50

Dassana both the kabab’s and the clicks are amazing….cant take my eyes off these yummy chana kababs….I make these kabab’s for my kids, only difference in your recipe is adding chickpea flour whereas I add cornflour /bread cumbs for binding, will try your version by replacing cornflour to chickpea flour, surely a better option. Waiting for the pita bread recipe :).


dassana July 10, 2012 51

thanks anamika and do try this version. me also waiting to post the pita bread recipe :-)


Ansh July 10, 2012 52

Absolutely wonderful!! I make these with the green channa too! Perfect on a rainy day. I am waiting for you the pita recipe.. It looks gorgeous!


dassana July 10, 2012 53

thanks ansh. will post the pita bread recipe soon.