Vegetarian Galouti Kebab

An easy kebab using red kidney beans

Up until a few months ago, I didn’t know what a Galouti Kebab was. There was this sudden influx of a vegetarian alternative all over the internet with many food bloggers and chefs making and posting a Galouti Kebab recipe – the vegetarian version. It definitely piqued my interest. The flavors are from the classic Lucknow Nawabi cuisine and every recipe had a unique ingredient, very typical of the Indian cuisine.

One small change to the ingredient list makes it unique to that family. Something like the South Indian Sambar, every household has a recipe for it and each one unique and yum! That is what I understood when I read about 2 dozen Galouti kebab recipes, all of which had a distinct link to the Nawabi cuisine of Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, a state in Northern India.

This is a melt in the mouth kebab that is made with Kidney beans. The key is to overcook the kidney beans until they are soft, one can use canned kidney beans as well. Light or Dark red kidney beans can be used. I have used ingredients that I had on hand while trying to imitate the flavors of the original Galouti Kebab. There is a certain type of joy in improvisation and I enjoy the outcome !

A very very easy, mildly spicy, delicious and filling kebab that is sure to please your palate!

Recipe : Vegetarian Galouti Kebab

Makes 10 patties – 3 inches long and 1/2 inch thick

Takes about 30 minutes to make, if you have cooked beans

Ingredients :

  1. Cooked red kidney beans – 3 cups
  2. Ginger – Garlic – Green Chili paste – 2 tablespoon
  3. Mint – 1 sprig (see Notes)
  4. Cilantro – 2 or 3 stems (see Notes)
  5. Mawa powder/ grated Khoya/grated Paneer – 1/4 cup (see Notes)
  6. Sprouted seed mix – 1/4 cup (see Notes)
  7. Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  8. Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  9. Smoked paprika – 1/2 teaspoon
  10. Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  11. Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  12. Goda masala – 1/2 teaspoon (see Notes)
  13. Fried onions – 1/4 cup
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Oil as needed

How to :

  1. Red Kidney Beans : If using canned cooked kidney beans, drain and rinse them well and set aside. If making your own, soak about 1.5 cups of dry red kidney beans in enough water overnight, the following day, rinse out the soaked water, add enough water to cover the beans and pressure cook it in the Instant Pot, on Bean Mode for a well cooked texture. Remove from the IP, drain and set aside.
  2. If using a stove top pressure cooker, cook beans for 4 whistles or 25 minutes on medium high heat.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, add the cooked beans, spice powders, mawa powder, sprouted nuts, ginger garlic and chili paste, the mint and cilantro, salt to taste and give it a whirl until the beans are almost mashed. They should look pasty but not too smooth.
  4. Remove it to a mixing bowl, crush the fried onions in your hand and mix it in.
  5. Form kebab like patties, or burger like patties or sausage like patties and shallow fry in oil of choice in a griddle or shallow skillet, on medium high heat, until the sides are nice and brown. They will not be very crispy, just a touch crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. just like a kebab should be.
  6. Serve over a bed of salad or between 2 slices of bread with dressing of choice or wrap in a tortilla and serve.
  7. I served it with cilantro chutney mixed in some low fat sour cream/yogurt.
  8. An adult can eat 2 patties over a salad for a filling meal !

Notes :

  • I blend cilantro and mint in a 2:1 ratio and save the puree in ice cube trays to use, I used 2 such cubes since I was out of fresh herbs. Each cube is a teaspoon of puree.
  • Instead of mawa powder/khoya/paneer use tofu or even nonfat/full fat dry milk powder.
  • In place of sprouted seed mix, use any toasted nuts of choice like cashews, walnuts, almonds, etc.,.
  • I have used Goda Masala in place of a spice called Kal Paasi that Chef Ranveer Brar used in his mixture. It was a valuable addition. Omit if you do not have it on hand. It gives a very floral and earthy fragrance to the patty.
  • The fried onions are a great addition that I read on one of the many recipes I looked up, but feel free to omit if you don’t have any. You can use onion powder or dried onion granules instead.
  • Use light or dark red kidney beans.
  • This is my interpretation of the classic, but it was absolutely yummy and worth a try:) !

I really hope you will enjoy this as much as we did ! thank you for stopping by. As usual, make it your own and enjoy !!

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