hara bhara kabab

Hara bhara kabab recipe with step by step photos and video. Hara bhara kabab are pan-fried spiced patties made with a mix of spinach, green peas and potatoes. The recipe is easy to make and healthy as well – since it has the best of both spinach and green peas.

I have seen hara bhara kabab listed in the starter section of the menu in many North Indian restaurants. A couple of times we have had hara bhara kabab outside and they were ok. Usually i make hara bhara kabab when I have some extra spinach left after making palak paneer or sarson ka saag.

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hara bhara kabab

True to its name Hara bhara kabab boosts of green health. made from spinach, peas and potatoes it is nutritious as well as delicious and tastes great with any chutney or sauce.

hara bhara kebab recipe

Hara bhara kabab are usually pan fried. you can even bake them or air fry them. Follow the steps mentioned below to bake them.

How to bake hara bhara kabab ?

1. Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees celsius. use both the top and bottom heating rods of the oven while preheating as well as baking.
3. Brush some oil on top of each kabab.
2. Place kababs in a tray which has been sprayed or greased with some oil.
4. Place the kebabs on a tray or wired rack in the center of the oven.
5. Bake hara bhara kabab at 180 degrees celsius for 20 to 25 minutes or till the kabab get browned from the top. You can even change the sides after 10 to 15 minutes of baking. Better to bake both the sides of hara bhara kebab.

Tips for making tasty hara bhara kabab

  • The spice powders namely chaat masala and amchur powder can be adjusted as per your taste preferences.
  • For a spicy kabab, increase the number of green chillies.
  • If you don’t have chaat masala, then just add garam masala powder but reduce the quantity to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder. For a slight tang, also add ½ to 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
  • For binding instead of gram flour (besan), corn flour or corn starch and all-purpose flour (maida) can also be used. You can even use bread crumbs.
  • Do not shallow fry or deep fry this kabab as they are light in texture and can break in oil while frying.
  • If the kabab breaks while pan-frying, then it means there is more moisture in the kabab and the binding ingredient is not enough. Thus add some more of the roasted gram flour in the kabab mixture.

Hara bhara kabab recipe video

How to make hara bhara kabab

– cooking potatoes & peas 

1. Rinse well and take 2 medium-large potatoes (200 to 215 grams) in a 2 litre pressure cooker. Add 2 cups water. I have cooked both potatoes and green peas in a pressure cooker. You can even steam them in a pan or electric cooker or cook them in a pot.

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2. Place a steel bowl containing ½ cup green peas (fresh or frozen) on top of the potatoes. Do not add any water in the bowl containing green peas.

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3. Cover the pressure cooker. Pressure cook on medium flame for 10 minutes or 6 to 7 whistles.

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4. When the pressure settles down then open the lid. The potatoes would have cooked and the green peas will be steamed.

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5. Remove the bowl with the help of tongs and place the peas in the strainer – so that all the water is drained.

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6. Remove the potatoes with a spoon in a bowl or plate. Let them become warm. Then peel them. Cover and keep aside.

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Blanching spinach for hara bhara kabab

7. Rinse 2 cups spinach leaves (100 grams spinach) in water very well. Place them in a colander so that the extra water gets drained. You can use only the leaves and not stems if you prefer. Stems add some crunch in the kabab. Since stems give a nice crunch thus I add them. If you prefer the crunch, you can use the stems. But use only tender stems.

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8. Boil 1.5 to 2 cups water with some salt (optional).

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9. When the water comes to a rolling boil, then switch off the flame. Add the spinach leaves and immerse them in the hot water for 2 minutes. This step is blanching the spinach leaves.

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10. After 2 minutes remove the leaves with the help of pasta tongs and place them in a bowl of cold water for 1 minute. This is done so that the spinach retains their greenness.

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11. After 1 minute, remove the spinach leaves in a colander. Drain the water very well. Squeeze lightly if there is extra water.

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12. Place the spinach on a chopping board. Do squeeze spinach lightly and then place on chopping board.

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13. Then chop the spinach finely and keep aside. Instead of finely chopping, spinach can also be pureed – but then you will need to add some more roasted besan which is the binding ingredient used in this recipe.

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Other preparations for hara bhara kabab

14. Take 1 green chilli and 1 to 1.5 inches ginger (peeled and chopped) in a mortar-pestle.

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15. Crush to a paste. Paste can be semi-fine or fine.

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16. Take 4 tablespoons gram flour (besan) in a pan or kadai.

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17. Keep flame to a low and roast besan stirring often.

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18. Roast till you get a nutty fragrance and the besan changes its color.

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19. Keep roasted besan aside.

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Making hara bhara kabab mixture

18: in a mixing bowl add the finely chopped spinach and steamed green peas.

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19. Grate the boiled potatoes over it.

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20. Add the roasted besan.

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21. Then add the ginger-chilli paste and the spice powders. Also add salt as per taste.

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22. First lightly mix.

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23. Then with a potato masher, mash the hara bhara kabab mixture.

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24. Mix again and bring the entire mixture together.

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25. Take a small or medium or large sized portion of the kabab mixture and shape into a small or medium or large sized patties. Your hands will be sticky if there was moisture in the spinach. In this case, apply some oil to your palms when shaping the hara bhara kabab.

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26. Place a halved cashew in the centre of each hara bhara kabab and lightly press it. So that it sticks on the kabab. This step is optional and can be skipped.

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Making hara bhara kabab

27. Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons oil in tawa or pan. Spread the oil all over the tawa with a spoon. When the oil becomes medium-hot, place the kabab. if you are using a large tawa or griddle then you can fry all the kababs in 2 to 3 tablespoons oil. I fried in two batches. So fried the first batch in 2 tablespoons oil and then fried the second batch in 1 tablespoon oil.

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29. When one side is golden, turn over gently each hara bhara kabab.

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30. When the second side is golden, then flip again gently.

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31. Turn over and fry once or twice for an even crispness and uniform golden color.

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32. Place them on kitchen paper towels. The recipe yields 8 large hara bhara kabab and 10 medium sized hara bhara kabab. This recipe can be halved or doubled or tripled as well.

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32. serve hara bhara kabab hot with mint chutney or coriander chutney or tomato ketchup or sweet tamarind chutney.

hara bhara kebab

How to serve hara bhara kabab

To go with the hara bhara kabab you can make any chutney – be it mint chutney or coriander chutney or any green chutney and even tomato ketchup or sweet tamarind chutney. Hara bhara kabab is also a tasty gluten-free, vegan and a vegetarian snack for all those who like kabab.

Hara bhara kabab is an easy finger food that can be served as a brunch or also as a starter. One which is light and not heavy. It can also be stuffed in sandwiches or burgers. Great way to disguise the spinach, so that kids can have it too.

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Hara Bhara Kabab

4.75 from 27 votes
Hara bhara kebab recipe is a delicious variation of vegetarian kabab. it is made with fresh spinach leaves, green peas and potatoes. So they are nutritious as well as delicious. Hara bhara kabab makes for a good Indian starter or snack. This green veg kabab can also be stuffed in burger buns or sandwiches can be made from them. 
hara bhara kabab recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Cuisine:north indian
Servings (change the number to scale):8 large kabab


(1 CUP = 250 ML)


for blanching spinach

  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves or 100 grams
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water for blanching
  • 1 to 1.5 cups cold water

for cooking potatoes and green peas

  • 2 medium large potatoes or 200 to 215 grams
  • ½ cup green peas or 150 grams , fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups water for pressure cooking

other ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons besan (gram flour) or add as required
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 to 1.5 inches ginger - roughly chopped, adjust as per your spice requirements
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • salt as required
  • 8 cashew halves - optional
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons oil for pan frying the kabab, add as required


blanching spinach

  • Boil water and then switch off the flame. Keep rinsed spinach in hot water for 2 minutes. Remove and keep the leaves in cold water for 1 minute. 
  • Finely chop the spinach and keep aside.

other preparations

  • Roast besan (gram flour) in a small pan till it becomes aromatic and changes its color. Don't over roast or darken the gram flour.
  • Steam or boil the potatoes and peas in a pressure cooker or pan (pressure cooker details mentioned below in the step wise pics). 
  • Crush chopped ginger and green chillies in a mortar-pestle to a paste. 

making hara bhara kabab

  • In a bowl take the chopped spinach. Grate the boiled potatoes in the bowl. Add the peas & green-chili paste.
  • Mash the kabab mixture with a potato masher or with a wooden spoon.
  • Add all the dry spice powders, roasted gram flour and salt. Mix the kabab mixture very well. 
  • Shape into round patties and pan fry till crisp and golden.
  • Serve hara bhara kabab hot with coriander chutney or mint chutney or tomato ketchup.


  1. The spice powders namely chaat masala and amchur powder can be adjusted to suit your taste. 
  2. For binding instead of gram flour, corn flour or corn starch can also be used.
  3. Hara bhara kabab can also be baked as well as grilled. you can bake kababs at 180 degrees c which is moderate oven temperature. Brush some oil on the kebabs. Just place the kebabs on a tray or wired rack and bake for 20-25 mins or till the kabab get browned from the top. You can change the sides after 10 to 15 minutes of baking. Better to bake both the sides of hara bhara kebab.
  4. If you don't have chaat masala, then just add garam masala powder and reduce the quantity to ½ teaspoon.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Hara Bhara Kabab
Amount Per Serving
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 323mg9%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 775IU16%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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103 comments/reviews

  1. Very good and simple recipes

    • thanks kavita.

  2. I made these spinach kababs and they were delicious and like the ones served in Restaurant. Thanks for sharing the recipe.5 stars

    • Welcome Divya. Glad to know that you liked hara bhara kabab

  3. Hi,

    I find your recipes very easy to follow and they all taste great. I have tried quite a few of your recipes and not a single one has come out bad. The photo by photo instructions are really handy.
    Thanks you and please continue to keep adding recipes. I had the app installed but unfortunately it stopped working. Would be great if the app was up and running again.5 stars

    • thank shuchi and glad to read your comment. we deleted the app last year and thus it is not working. right now we do not plan to add the app, but maybe in the future.

  4. Hi

    Thanks for the recipe.

    Can I bake it in the oven ?


    • yes noam, you can bake hara bhara kababs in the oven.

  5. Thank you for the recipe. Family and friends liked it. ????5 stars

    • Welcome Jeremy

  6. Hi Dassana,
    I love hara bhara kebabs; but as always, they are much more affordably made at home. I was, however, looking for a potato substitute in this dish. Do you think cauliflower would work? Any other suggestions?


    • kate, potatoes help in binding. with cauliflower, you will need to add some binding agent like breadcrumbs or bread slices soaked in water and then squeezed. so you can add cauliflower. also you can add carrots, beetroot. instead of potatoes, you can use yam or sweet potatoes for binding.

    • Try using boiled chickpeas..Kabuli chana. I made patties with boiled chana instead of potatoes and it works very well. Also it makes the recipe more nutritious.

      • Thanks Rashminder

  7. Hi mam
    May I keep this Pattie in freezer for 7-8 days and deep fry it whenever required5 stars

    • Manvi, in that case you have to freeze them.

  8. This looks like a great recipe, I am planning to make it for 8-10 people; app. 15-16, but I am not clear on the quantity. When you say 4 servings, it means the yield is 4 kababs or not?


    • thanks aditi. when i say 4 servings it means 2 to 3 kababs per one serving. so the total yield of the recipe is not 4 kababs. with this recipe you will get about 10 to 12 kababs.

      if making for 8 to 10 people, then double the quantity of the recipe.

      • Thanks a lot for clearing my doubts! 🙂

        • Welcome Aditi

  9. Just amazing… I love the way you explain with the help of pictures, it helps a lot. I keep on making new dishes with the help of ur blogs… Thank you so much.5 stars

    • Welcome Rahi. Thanks for your positive feedback on recipes.

  10. Hi Dassana,
    I tried this recipe . It came out good thanks for recipe… Didn’t know that the besan added would add a good taste to the kabab.. nd also instead of just mixing the green peas , I grinded green peas, palak,green chilli nd ginger together and bonded with bolied potatoes..5 stars

    • Deepthi, glad to know this. thanks for sharing your variation.

  11. Your all recipes are just amazing……my que is…in snacks recipes we always deep fry….can we bake that…5 stars

    • thanks. of course you can bake or air fry many snacks.

  12. Can i deep fry it? Or is there any option to bake it?actually i want to use my use my new air fryer.

    • Monalisa, you can use air fryer.

  13. Came out very well . Nice and simplified recipe4 stars

  14. Came out very well and my children loved it.4 stars

    • thanks archana. glad to know your kids liked the kababs.

  15. Pretty good but it’s sort of like a cutlet that is made out of punjabi somosa filling lol.4 stars

    • in punjabi samosa filling, there is no spinach added. also the spices used in the punjabi samosa filling is a different one.

  16. Nice recipe!!!

    • thanks kruti 🙂

  17. All is so good recipe,iwill try it

    • thank you masoomahraza 🙂 surely try and let us know how it was?

  18. Hara bhara kabab was absolutely yummy! A super hit!

    • thankyou suchitra 🙂

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    Just love all ur recipes
    I’m just 15 n I learnt to cook with ur help n my parents just loved it…
    Thank you !!!

    • pleased to know thus vindhya 🙂 glad you could learn recipes from our food blog thankyou for your kind and encouraging words.