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Shami kabab from the streets of Lucknow to your kitchen


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If you’ve never tried kebab, then surely you have never tasted a slice of heaven. Lucknow is famous for its delicious kebabs made from different sorts of meat, such as mutton, beef, chicken and lamb. All are equally delightful! Apart from all the nazakat, Lucknow is famous for its luxurious shami kebabs. They are perfect starters for any party or event. The lanes of Lucknow are filled with shops selling aromatic and delicious kebabs. You can enjoy Shami kababs in every corner of Lucknow, and we think that is the beauty of this delicacy. 

Well, while going to Lucknow can be a tedious task one can make them easily at home with this delicious recipe.

Ingredients to make Lucknow-style Shami Kebabs

  • 500 grammes of minced chicken
  • 1/4 cup powdered chana dal
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tablespoon crushed paste ginger
  • 1 tablespoon crushed paste garlic
  • 5 black cardamoms
  • 5 clove
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 red chilli
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chilli
  • Salt according to your taste 
  • 2 cups refined oil

Steps to follow:


In a pressure cooker, take meat, chana dal, and all other spices and let it cook on a medium flame for 5–6 whistles.


Let the mixture cool down and blend it into a smooth paste-like consistency. 

Step 3

Now add the finely chopped green chillies, onions, ginger, and coriander to the mixture.

Step 4

Make small balls from the meat and flatten them using your fingers to make kebabs.


Take oil in a pan and shallow fry your kebabs till they become golden brown.

 Tadaa! Your shami kababs are ready. 

Enjoy them with rings of onions, some green chutney, and, of course, a generous amount of lemon.

Nevertheless, if you still want to relish the authentic taste here are the top three kebab restaurants in Lucknow, in order of popularity. Dine at these top restaurants to round up your trip to Lucknow.

  1. Tunday Kababi

168/6, Old Nazirabad Rd., Mohan

Market, Khayali Ganj, Aminabad,

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, 226018

  1. Sakhawat Restaurant

Avenue, near Oudh Gymkhana

Club, Kaiserbagh Officer’s Colony,

Qaisar Bagh, Lucknow, Uttar

Pradesh 226001

  1. Abdul Wahid Kakori Seekh Kebab

498, 98, Acharya Narendradev

Marg, Kutubpur, Hasanganj,

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, 226007

Whether it’s homemade or from the streets of Lucknow make sure to give this dish a try. Visit these places and enjoy the best and most tender and moist kebabs with your family and friends.

Happy eating!

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