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Galouti Kebabs & Sheermal

A Tale of Nawabs & Kebabs

This Eid, #staysafe, #stayathome and try this legendary recipe.

Galouti, simply means melt-in-the-mouth. The all-time favourite, legendary Galouti Kebabs have an compelling story behind the conception. The legend goes that the King of Lucknow, (aka Nawab) could not eat the regular kebabs as he had lost most of his teeth due to old age. But his desire for kebabs was far from dying. So for their toothless Nawab, the seasoned royal chefs came up with a popular variant which needed no chewing yet had the same rich flavours and taste of a kebab. Best enjoyed with Sheermal, a soft bread, try this century-old recipe at home and relish the flavours.

Recipe of Galouti Kebabs and Sheermal

Galouti Kebabs
• Lamb cut, finely minced – ½ kg
• Raw Papaya paste – about 2 tbspn
• Garam Masala - ½ tspn 
• Cinnamon Powder - ¼ tspn
• Onion Paste (fried) - ¼ cup
• Mace powder - ¼ tspn
• Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tspn
• Chili Powder - 2 tspn
• Chopped coriander - 1 tspn
• Roasted gram flour - 2 tbspn
• Ghee - 100 ml
• Saffron water - ½ tspn
• Salt to taste

1. In a large bowl, mix minced mutton, raw papaya paste, ½ tsp garam masala, ¼ tsp cinnamon powder, ¼ tsp mace powder, ¼ cup of fried onion paste, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, 2 tsp chilli powder, finely chopped coriander, 2 tbsp roasted gram flour, 100 ml ghee, ½ tsp saffron water and salt to taste. 
2. Place the mince towards the outer side of container to create an empty space in the centre. Now, gently place a small bowl with live coal, 3-4 cloves and pour a drop of ghee. You’ll see a smoky flame erupt. Quickly cover the bowl with a lid for 5 minutes.
3. Now let’s remove the lid and keep aside the small bowl with coal. The smoky aroma has been infused into the mixture. Mix the mince well once again. Make into a size of tennis balls. Flatten them into patties and keep aside.
4. Heat a griddle on medium heat, sprinkle some ghee. Place the flattened patties and cook slowly on both sides giving a nice golden colour on both sides. And voila! Serve these hot and sizzling kebabs with sheermal.
Sheermal Recipe
• ¼ tsp saffron
• 2 cups refined flour 
• ½ cup ghee 
• 1 tsp sugar
• 1 tsp baking powder 
• ½ tsp green cardamom powder
• Salt to taste
• ½ cup milk
• Ghee for brushing
1. Combine ¼ tsp saffron with 1 tsp hot milk in a small bowl, mix well and keep aside.
2. Now let’s mix 2 cups of refined flour, ½ cup ghee, 1 tspn sugar, 1 tspn baking powder, ½ tspn green cardamom powder, pinch of saffron powder, salt to taste and ghee in a bowl and knead by adding little water into a soft dough. Cover the dough and keep aside for 30 minutes.
3. Now that the dough has rested, divide it into small balls. Roll each ball using a little refined flour to make nice and round sheermals. 
4. Heat a non-stick pan or griddle and place the Sheermal over it and cook it on slow heat then turn over.  Cook the other side till it puffs a little and then roast it on an open flame till it turns golden brown from the both sides. Brush each Sheermal with a little ghee.
Plate it with the piping hot Galouti Kebabs and watch your family sinfully devour it.

Celebrate the festival of Eid with your loved ones. Fill in your home with aromas of kebabs and sheermal and relish the delicacy with your family. This Eid, let's #CookTogetherSmileTogether #StayTogether #StaySafe


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