Indian Ground Beef Kebabs Grilled Inside or Out with Raita

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Oh my, how delicious these were.  My issue with the homemade ground meat kebab has been my lack of ability to get that smooth, even texture that they seem to have when I eat them out. Mine usually come out like really nicely flavored mini hamburgers. These, however, not only possess the correct texture, and didn’t fall apart under the broiler, are quick, delicious and guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. Not to mention that Shiva got to play with his brand new kitchen gadget, the mini cuisinart. The entire menu this night was planned around recipes where he got to grind something.

Indian Ground Beef Kebabs

yielded 10 palm-sized patties

1 lb ground meat (can be anything, lamb, chicken, turkey or pork, we used beef because I found beautiful, local, organic ground beef at the farmers market)

1 large onion, minced and fried in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil until very brown with 1 teaspoon salt

Spice Mixture For Meat

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 tablespoon ground garam masala

1/2 teaspoon ground chili pepper

1/2 tablespoon salt

Also needed:

1 cup cilantro chopped, including stems, 80% of this will go into the meat, the other 20 into the marinade mixture.

2 ounces papaya, cut very small

1 tablespoon fresh ginger (or paste)

1/2 tablespoon fresh garlic (or paste)

In a food processor combine papaya, the above spice mixture, ginger and garlic paste, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and the browned onions.

Blend Until Smooth.

Then add this to the ground meat and the remaining chopped cilantro and mix thoroughly by kneading the spices into the meat. You want to work the meat like it’s a dough, until you get a very smooth, almost paste-like texture.

Once mixed, form into small patties and refrigerate until chilled through, 20 minutes, this will help them hold together. Once cold, either broil or grill. You can put skewers into these, we just didn’t find it necessary.

They cook very quickly, around 5 minutes.

We served these with Raita.


1 1/2 cups yogurt

1/2 tablespoon salt

1/2 large cucumber chopped

1 tablespoon toasted cumin seeds crushed in a mortar and pestle

Enjoy! The shrimp coconut curry and the green bean recipes (the other items on the plate) coming tomorrow.


2 Comments to “Indian Ground Beef Kebabs Grilled Inside or Out with Raita”

  1. What can you use instead of papaya? Looks delish!

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