Do you think apples are only meant for desserts? This Apple Kebab recipe will change your mind.
Photograph: Kind courtesy Welcomhotel Tavleen Chail
Himachali Apple Ke Kebab
Recipe courtesy: Welcomhotel Tavleen Chail
Servings: 6-8 pieces
- 2 apples
- 150 gm potato, boiled, peeled and grated
- 100 gm paneer, crumbled
- 5 gm almonds, chopped
- 5 gm cashews, chopped
- 5 gm pistachios, chopped
- 5 gm raisins, chopped
- 1 green chilly, chopped
- 5 gm green dhania or coriander or cilantro, chopped
- 2 gm garam masala
- 2 gm chilly powder
- 2 gm chaat masala
- 5 gm grated processed cheese
- 50 ml or more oil for frying
- Salt to taste
- Laccha pyaaz or masala pickled sliced onions, to serve
- Mint chutney, to serve
- Almonds, for garnish
- Lemon slices, to serve
For the tikki mixture
- Peel and finely chop one apple.
- In a bowl combine the grated potato along with the crumbled paneer.
Add the chopped green chilly and coriander.
Add the garam masala, salt, chilly powder, chaat masala and mix.
Add the chopped apple and mix well.
For the nut, raisin and cheese filling
- Peel and grate the second apple.
- In a bowl mix the chopped nuts, raisins along with the processed cheese and grated apple.
For making the tikki
- Roll the tikki mixture into small balls.
Flatten the centre portion, fill it with the nut-cheese filling, close shut and roll back into a ball and lightly flatten.
- Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed kadhai or frying pan.
Shallow fry the tikkis, one by one, until they turn golden brown.
Drain excess oil and place on a plate lined with a paper towel or tissue.
Garnish each tikki with an almond and serve warm with laccha pyaaz, slices of lemon and mint chutney.
Note: Lachha pyaaz can be quickly made up by spicing sliced onions with lemon juice, red chilly powder, a little finely chopped green dhania, a little finely chopped green mint, finely chopped green chillies and spices of your choice like dhania powder, garam masala, black salt, chaat masala.
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