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

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

For chicken recipe with drumsticks see the below recipe :-

Chicken Tangdi (drumsticks) kebab recipe

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Chicken kalmi kebab

Kalmi kabab is one of best delicacy of Mughlai cusines. These kabab are rich creamy and juicy.  Make Chicken kalmi kabab at home with step by steps.

Preparation time :- 20 minutes

Cooking time :- 10 minutes

Total time :-  30 minutes

Difficulty :- Easy

Yields :- 2 servings

Author :- Mobasir hassan


   • 4 pieces of Chicken thigh with bone.

   • 2 teaspoon Greek yogurt

   • 4 teaspoon Cashew nuts.

   • 3 teaspoon processed Cheese.

   • 2 teaspoon 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 (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.

   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

   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

   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

   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

   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

   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 chapatis.
  •   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.

Below you can read all the step by step method with photos for the kalmi kabab recipe for better understanding


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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Whole legs

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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Incision on the side of the bone

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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Bone opening

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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First marination

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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Required paste

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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Marinated in the paste

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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Shewering kalmi kebab

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Cooking in Tandoor

15. Brush some clarified butter over the chicken pieces and cook further 5 minutes to crisp .

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For more recipes prepared using charcoal Ovalclay Tandoor :-

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