Reshmi kebab

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
50 grams Cashew nuts or pieces
700 grams Boned and skinned chicken breasts; roughly chopped
15 millilitres Garlic paste
15 millilitres Ginger paste
15 millilitres Ground cumin
5 millilitres Ground fennel
7½ millilitre Balti Garam Masala
2½ millilitre Chilli powder
1 Fresh green chillies; seeded and roughly
; chopped, up to 2
25 grams Coriander leaves; including the
; tender stalks,
; roughly chopped
30 millilitres Sunflower or corn oil
1 large Egg
5 millilitres Salt or to taste
1 small Onion; roughly chopped
40 grams Butter; melted

Put the cashews in the food processor and process until they have a coarse finish. Add all the remaining ingredients, except the butter, and blend until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl or empty ice cream tub, cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or overnight.

Pre-heat the oven to 200C/ 400F/gas 6) . Line a baking sheet with foil and brush it with oil. Have skewers ready.

Lightly grease the palms of your hands and fingers (this will stop the mixture sticking to your hands) and divide the chicken mixture into 12 equal portions. Mould each portion on to a skewer and make a sausage shape by gently patting and stretching it to about 15cm in length. Grease your hands frequently while shaping the kebabs. Place the skewers on the prepared baking sheet.

Cook the kebabs on the top of the oven for 5 minutes then baste generously with the melted butter. Turn them over and cook for 3-4 minutes, then baste again and cook for 2-3 minutes, If you need to cook them in batches keep the cooked ones hot by wrapping them in foil. Serve hot.

Variation: Traditionally kebabs are skewered because they are cooked in the tandoor and the skewers make it easier to handle them. It is not essential for a domestic oven and if you find it difficult to mould them on to the skewers simply make the mixture into sausage shapes and place them on the baking sheet.

Serve as a starter with any chutney or raita, cucumber slices and raw onion rings. They can also be cut into pieces and served as a side dish or with drinks.

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