Mela Indian's lamb seekh kebabs

"I'd love the recipe for Mela Indian's lamb seekh kebabs." - Glen Zhang, Como, WA

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You'll need

1.2 kg minced lean lamb 2 onions, very finely chopped 1 tbsp finely grated ginger 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic ½ cup finely chopped mint ½ cup finely chopped coriander 2 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp mild paprika 1 tsp chilli powder, or to taste 60 ml (¼ cup) vegetable oil Naan bread, melted butter and nigella seeds, to serve Chaat masala (see note), mint leaves and lemon wedges, to serve   Chilli paste ½ cup (15gm) dried Kashmiri chillies, halved lengthways, seeds removed, soaked in ¾ cup cold water until softened (1-2 hours; see note) 1 small garlic clove 3 tsp vegetable oil   Raita 1 cup (280gm) plain yoghurt 1 tsp cumin seeds, coarsely ground with a mortar and pestle 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber


  • 01
  • For chilli paste, drain chillies, transfer to a small blender, add garlic and oil and process, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Season with salt to taste. Makes 60ml (¼ cup) and will keep refrigerated for 2 days, or can be frozen for 6 months.
  • 02
  • Combine 1 tbsp chilli paste, lamb, onion, ginger, garlic, herbs, spices and 2 tsp fine salt in a large bowl. Knead well by hand until combined and mixture has firmed up. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to marinate (2-3 hours). If using wooden skewers, soak 12 skewers in water.
  • 03
  • For raita, mix yoghurt, cumin and a pinch of salt in a bowl and refrigerate until required. Fold in cucumber just before serving.
  • 04
  • Heat barbecue or grill to medium-high. Mould ½ cup lamb mixture around each skewer to form a sausage shape. Transfer to a tray and brush generously with oil. Grill kebabs, turning regularly, until just cooked through (6-8 minutes).
  • 05
  • Brush naan bread with melted butter and scatter with nigella seeds. Scatter kebabs with chaat masala and mint, and serve with lemon wedges, raita and naan bread.

Chaat masala, a spice blend, and Kashmiri chillies are available from Indian food stores and Herbie's Spices ( Mela's chefs use a mix of dried chillies, including Kashmiri, for the chilli paste.

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