RECIPES

Shami kebabs

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Shami kebabs

Shami kebabs were apparently invented by a highly skilled chef for a toothless Nawab of Lucknow. The Nawab was so fat from overindulgence that he couldn’t get on a horse, and his teeth were all gone, presumably for the same reason. So a kebab was made so fine that it required no teeth to eat it. When I hear stories like that I’m inclined to think, ‘If you believe that, you’ll believe anything.’ But then again, it’s a nice story, and so are the kebabs – silky smooth and stuffed with just a little finely chopped onion, mint and green chilli.

Ingredients

For the filling

To serve

  • 2 limes, cut into quarters
  • 1 red onion, cut into rings rings
  • 5 tbsp green chutney (avaliable at Asian supermarkets)