Baked Turkey Seekh Kebabs
“Traditionally Seekh Kebabs are made with minced meat and spices and grilled on skewers. It is cooked in a Tandoor – (clay oven that can reach higher temperatures than our traditional ovens) and is often served with chutneys or mint sauce. It is often included in tandoori sampler platters, which contain a variety of tandoor cooked dishes.”
But this is quite different from what I remember from my childhood. My dad used to bring home uncooked sausage shaped ‘seekh kebabs’ made of chicken or goat meat. My mom would shallow fry them in a pan and we would either wrap them in rolls or make a kebab-egg sandwich.
Now my version is totally different from the above two. I make Turkey meatballs for my son quite often and that inspired me to make these baked turkey seekh kebabs. I followed a similar recipe but with added spices (although I had to adjust salt a bit as my first version came out little salty) and the meat is shaped as sausages around wooden skewers. This recipe not only uses lean ground Turkey meat but the meat is also baked and not fried (as compared to another similar kebab like Shami Kebab and my mom’s seekh kabebs)
1 lb ground Turkey meat (lean)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
4-5 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
3 tbsp breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tbsp garlic spread seasoning
1-2 green chilies, finely chopped
3 tbsp Shan Seekh Kabab Mix (available at Indian stores)
few wooden skewers, soaked in water for about 10 minutes
1. Preheat oven to 375 F
2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well
3. Grease your palms with Olive oil and shape the dough as sausages around the presoaked wooden skewers
4. Line a baking dish with foil and thinly coat it with olive oil.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once after 10 minutes or so
Serve hot as appetizers with mint chutney/and or Yogurt-cucumber dip.
They make a quick and healthy meal when added to a sandwich or a wrap. The night I made these, I made a simple pita sandwich for dinner: Split pita bread in half and stuff with kebabs, mint chutney and vinegar pickled onions.
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