Classic chicken kalmi kabab recipe

How to make kalmi kabab recipe

Kalmi kabab is one of best kabab from Mughlai cuisine. It is a rich creamy kabab with mild flavours. These is a wonderful Kabab to serve at your cocktail party and kitty parties.

Serving garnished kalmi kabab with onion slices for chicken kalmi kabab recipe

The classic and authentic kalmi kabab recipe is very rare now a days.  In authentic recipe the thigh part of chicken with the femur bone is used to make kalmi kebab.  Not with the drumsticks (legs) part or any other part of a chicken.

Kalmi kabab masala
Kalmi kabab masala is rich and creamy. Cashew nuts and cheese are grind into a fine paste and mixed with hung curd ( thick yoghurt) , fresh cream and other spices. This masala is mild, creamy and rich. Due to the use of cashew nuts and cream, the kalmi kabab masala appears whitish in colour.

How to cut and shape kalmi kabab
Take one whole leg with drumstick and thigh part. First cut and separate the drumstick (tangdi) part from the leg. Now we have the upper leg thigh part with the femur bone.
Using a sharp knife make a incision along one side of the bone and remove the bone. Push the meat downwards to hang. Clean the bone if there is any meat with the knife.

Steps to make the recipe


1. First we need to prepare the desired  shape of the chicken pieces. Take a whole leg piece of a chicken.
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2. And  cut it into two parts one the drumstick part and another the thigh part.
3. We need the thigh part with the bone not the drumstick part.
4. Now make incision on both side of the bone .
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5 Next open the bone by removing meat from the lower end which joined with the drumstick part.
6. Remove meat further and open the bone like the below picture.
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7. Repeat the same procedure with other parts of thighs.
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8. Marinate them with half of lemon juice,ginger garlic paste, chilly paste and salt.
9. Leave it 10 minutes to marinate.
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10. In meantime prepare the masala or coating marination for kalmi kebab.
11. Make a paste of all the ingredients except yogurt and butter in a mixer grinder adding little water. Make sure it is thick and smooth.
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12. Now add the prepared paste with the chicken pieces along with yogurt . Mix and coat them properly. Leave it to marinate for 60 minutes to absorb all the flavours.
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13. You can marinate it for longer time also.
14. Now shew the pieces in iron Shewer one by one and cook in a Preheated charcoal Tandoor for 5 minutes.
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15. Brush some clarified butter over the chicken pieces and cook further 5 minutes to crisp .
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For chicken recipe with drumsticks see the below recipe.

Chicken Tangdi kebab recipe

 Chicken kalmi kabab recipe

Garnished kalmi kebab with onion slices for chicken kalmi kabab recipe

Kalmi kabab is one of best delicacy of Mughlai cuisine. These kabab are rich creamy and juicy.  Make Chicken kalmi kabab at home with step by steps.
Prep time        cooking time       serving
20 min               10 min                        2
Author :- Mobasir hassan


  • 4 pieces of Chicken thigh with bone
  • 2 tablespoon yogurt
  • 4 tablespoon cashew nuts
  • 3 tablespoon processed cheese.
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh cream
  • 1 teaspoon green chilly paste
  • 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1/3 teaspoon green cardamom powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon cooking oil or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon clarified butter
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt or as per taste
  • Water as required
   How to make the recipe 
  1. Take the full leg piece and cut into two parts drumstick and thigh part.e
  2. Take the thigh part and cut both side of the bone length wise lightly to separate the bone from meat.
  3. Now remove the meat from lower part that was joined with the drumstick.
  4. Open the bone and make it like lollipop shaped hanging the meat part at the tip of the bone.
  5. Repeat with the remaining leg pieces.
  6. Mix them with half of the ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, green chili paste and salt and leave for 10 minutes to marinate.
  7. Make a fine paste of the cashew nuts with cheese in a mixer or grinder using water as required. Make the paste thick.
  8. Take the yogurt in a mixing bowl and mix with the remaining ginger garlic  paste, chilli paste, lemon juice, salt, white pepper powder, cardamom  powder, oil  and the cashew cheese paste.r
  9. Pour the fresh cream and whisk everything nicely to make a thick batter like masala for kalmi kabab.
  10. Mix the marinated chicken pieces with this masala to coat nicely from all sides.
  11. Let them marinate for 50 - 60 minutes or overnight.

   Making the kalmi kabab in oven

  1. Preheat Oven at 240° C for 15 minutes and line a baking tray with aluminum foil and place a rack over it.
  2. Now remove excess marinate from chicken pieces and place on the tray.
  3. Brush butter or oil and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Brush butter after 15 minutes and flip the kababs while baking.
  5. For last 5 minutes place the kalmi kabab on top rack and bake till crisp.
  6. Remove and serve.
   Making in tandoor or BBQ
  1. Take iron shewer and tread the kalmi kebab one by one keeping a minimum gap in between them.
  2. Place the shewer inside a preheated tandoor and cook for 8 - 10 minutes brushing some butter over them while cooking.
  3. Remove while the kabab become crisp golden. Serve with green chutney.
                       Nutritional value
                    Serving size ( 1 piece = 50 g)
  • Calorie : 98
  • Carbohydrate : 2.14 g
  • Protein : 10.51 g
  • Fats : 5 g
                       Serving tips
  • Serve kalmi kabab with cilantro mint chutney, lemon wedges and Lachcha onion.
  •  You can serve them as a side dish with Naan Roti and chapati.
  • Serve them along with any gravy like butter chicken or chicken Tikka masala and steam rice as well.
                     Recipe notes
  •  While handling the Shewer use a kitchen towel.
  • To make the paste of cheese and cashew nuts, you can use milk as well instead of water.
For more authentic Mughlai cuisine Recipes see the below link 
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