Traditionally, a “shami” kebab is a small fried patty made of cooked, minced goat or lamb. The version featured here is the vegetarian version made using soya granules. My mother in law who is vegetarian insisted that I try one. They are healthy as well as delicious – soya granules, rice, carrots, scallions, egg, bread crumbs, fresh herbs like mint and cilantro. For a pure vegetarian experience you can add extra bread crumbs and skip the egg altogether.
This recipe has been adapted from famous Indian author, Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian cookbook.
The one important step when using soya granules is that is has to be boiled properly because soya has a peculiar smell which you can get rid of after boiling it. After it’s boiled, squeeze the water out of it thoroughly. Nutrela High Protein Soya Granules can also be found at your local Indian grocery store.
I serve this with green chutney or tomato ketchup.
- 1 cup dried soya granules, boiled and water squeezed out of it
- 1 1/2 cups cooked plain white rice
- 6-8 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
- 4 scallions, cut crosswise into very fine rings- white and lower half of the green sections
- 1/2 tablespoon of peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger
- 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 small carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
- 2 fresh hot green chillies- finely chopped
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- salt and pepper to taste