Kebab is an Arabic word. It is a dish in which small pieces of meat are cooked on skewers along with some cut vegetables like onion, tomatoes, bell peppers etc. These are then cooked on a grill or a barbeque. Sheekh Kebab is a dish where usually a mixture of minced meat (ordinarily lamb), garlic, chili, some spices is thinly wrapped around the skewers and is grilled in a tandoor. The kebabs are crisp from outside and soft, moist, and juicy from inside. But now many variations of kebabs are made. They are made from different types of meat, seafood and also vegetables. These are popular during winter. They can be prepared in advance for any barbeque party and then can be cooked on a barbeque outside during the party. It can become a group activity in a party. They need to be cooked on a slow heat so that the spices taste well and mix with the mixture.
Here is the recipe for Sheekh kebabs made with masoor (whole red lentils) and oats. It is super healthy and is both vegan and gluten-free.
Masoor Dal (whole red lentil)is a very important part of the vegetarian diet in Indian Cuisine.
Masoor Dal contains a high level of protein. It also contains fiber, folate, vitamin B1, and minerals. It helps to lower the cholesterol and helps in managing blood sugar. It is a good source of calcium, potassium, and iron. It is rich in antioxidants.
Oats are very nutritious. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. They help in weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.
So then let us combine these healthy ingredients to make a very appetizing dish to treat our taste buds.
I generally boil extra masoor. Then I just make them as an evening or after school snack.
You can also make them as an entree or starter for a party. They taste good with soups. I have used the regular spices to make masoor sheekh kebab.
This is a good way to feed kids who don’t like to eat masoor. Making the kebab on a stick makes it more appealing for the kids. They eat them without making any fuss.
The kebab tastes good with yogurt and mint dip. They can also be used to make a wrap with fresh veggies such as carrots, capsicum, lettuce or cucumber.
So friends do make these healthy kebabs for your family and friends and please share your comments and experience!!
Masoor Sheekh Kebab/Whole Red Lentil Kebab
- 1/2 cup whole red lentil masoor, boiled
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder jeera powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder haldi
- 1/4 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp dry mango powder amchur
- 1/2 tsp chat masala
- 2 tbsp coriander washed and finely chopped
- oil for cooking and shaping kebab
- salt to taste
In a mixing plate add boiled and mashed masoor, quick oats, cumin powder, turmeric powder, dry mango powder, chat masala, garam masala and salt.
Mix them well.
Add chopped coriander.
Grease palms with oil and shape the kebab on the wooden sticks.
Heat a pan. Cook the kebabs by applying oil all over.
Keep on turning on all the sides and cook till golden and crisp.
Serve hot with the chutney, sauce or dip of your choice.