With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought of posting my favorite turkey kebab recipe. A staple at our house and made at least once a week, what’s really nice about these kebabs is that they can be made ahead of time and frozen for a quick, tasty snack during the week. Served with home-made green chutney, they are the perfect choice for a more filling appetizer for parties. My mother-in-law first tried these delicious kebabs at a friend’s place and was struck by the simplicity of the recipe.
You can also wrap 2 or 3 kebabs in a soft tortilla, add a mixture of green chutney and yogurt and a few chopped onions (optional) and serve for dinner. You could make sliders (mini burgers) too and serve them with grilled onions and ketchup or a Russian dressing. For Russian dressing, simply mix half portion of mayonnaise and half portion of ketchup.
- 1 packet of Jennie-O turkey
- 1 potato, peeled, boiled and mashed
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
- 1 teaspoon garlic paste
- 1 onion finely chopped, approximately 1 cup
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 2-3 green chillies finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
- salt for taste
- oil for frying
Mix all ingredients in a big plate or bowl. Add salt to taste.
Heat oil in a pan. With your hands, lightly roll the mixture into 2 inch round balls or scoop the mixture in a 1 1/4 inch ice cream scoop for a more uniform look. This way they will also brown and cook evenly.
Scoop the kebab and shape into rounds in the palms of your hands and flatten them like a patti and put it a the hot oil.
Cook on medium heat on each side till cooked and browned. This will take 7-8 minutes per side.
Rotate the kebabs on the sides till fully cooked.
After frying remove on a paper towel.
With Tortilla: Heat the tortilla on the gas.
Put 3-4 kebabs in and add yogurt sauce. Roll and serve.
Green Yogurt Dressing:
1 tablespoon green chutney ( home made or store bought)
2 tablespoons yogurt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix well with a spoon. Ready.
If you don’t have green chutney, simply beat 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and add 1 teaspoon sugar, salt to taste, 1 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro and 1 green chilly. Mix, add to the tortilla and roll.