Lamb seekh kebabs are very popular in Indian, and more specifically Punjabi restaurants, which are often displayed on the appetizer menu. They are usually ordered as a starter or side dish which you can eat with a salad or have served in a delicious kebab roll.
However, they are very filling and can be served as a main course.
Here is a homemade lamb seekh kebab recipe which you can make indoors or outdoors, using easy ingredients and cooking methods.
I love this recipe because not only is it one of my favorite types of kebabs, but it is straightforward to get right. It will taste like what you eat in restaurants.
Why you will love this lamb seekh kebab recipe:
- Can be served with salads and mint chutney sauces
- Tastes just like what you eat in a Punjabi restaurant
- Ideal for the BBQ season when you have hot coals to burn
- Easy ingredient list to follow
- Low-carb and under 450 calorie per serving (when served with salad)
If you like this kebab recipe, why not try:
How to make lamb seek kebab?
1) Main ingredients
- Lamb Mince: Use lamb mince, with 20% fat, which you can buy in most supermarkets.
- Spices: The key to this recipe is all in the spice blend. There are various lamb seek kebab recipes but for this homemade version you can use spices which are either already stored in your pantry or easy to buy. The main spices are cumin, garam masala, green chilli, coriander, cayenne pepper and ginger. The main taste you will get from this kebab is from the garam masala – if you have a homemade blend, even better.
- Egg: To prevent the lamb kebab mixture from falling off the skewer, use an egg the bind the ingredients together and keep it stored in the fridge for a few hours.
Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl or food processor. Either one is fine. You will need to use your hands if you are doing it manually, whereas the food processor is faster.
Here is what the lamb seek kebab mixture should look like. It is best to keep this stored in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to make it easier to make each skewer.
Grab a ball of the lamb seek kebab mixture and apply it to a metal or bamboo skewer. Take your time with this because you need to get it right. Cook on a BBQ, grill or oven rack.
3) Store and reheat
Lamb seekh kebab is a recipe which you can indeed meal prep and reheat. You can even freeze them for a while. Although they are best served fresh, like you are in a restaurant, you can make them ahead and enjoy them just as much when reheated. This is thanks to the spices.
Here is how you can store and reheat lamb seekh kebabs:
- You can keep them stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, but ensure the ingredients are fresh and use the two-hour rule.
- You can freeze lamb seekh kebabs for up to 3-4 months, ensure you use a freezer bag or air-tight meal prep container to prevent freezer burn.
- To reheat, heat in a microwave for 2-3 minutes, until piping hot.
4) What can you serve with lamb seekh kebab
They are renowned to be appetizer in restaurants but of course it can be served in a kebab roll too which is also on a starter menu, however they are very filling. It should be a main course! There are various ways on how you can use this lamb kebab and here is how:
- Make a lamb kebab roll wrap with mint chutney and salad.
- Serve it with salad and beetroot hummus (like my picture) to make it a high-protein salad.
- Make them on a BBQ day and serve as a starter.
- You can use this exact same recipe and instead form the mixture into burger patties and make spicy lamb burgers.
Popular punjabi restaurant style lamb seekh kebab which you can make at home by using easy ingredients and a grill.
- 500g Lamb Mince (20% fat)
- 1 Onion (finely chopped)
- 1 Egg (optional)
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
- 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1 tbsp Garam Masala
- 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 2 tsp Ginger (finely chopped or paste)
- 1 Green Chilli (finely chopped)
- 2 tsp Lime Juice
- Cilantro / Coriander leaves (finely chopped)
- 1 tbp Salt
- 1 tbp Black Pepper
- Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl or food processor.
- Mix until everything is combined.
- Cover and store in the fridge overnight or for a few hours.
- Form a kebab using a metal or bamboo skewer.
- Cook on a grill or griddle pan for best results.
- You can store the kebabs in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 3-4 months.
- To reheat, heat in microwave for 2-3 minutes, until piping hot.
- If you find the lamb kebab mixture is falling off easily, it may be because you did not allow it to set in the fridge for long enough and not use an egg.
- Category: Main course
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: Punjabi
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 414 kcal
- Sugar: 1.4 g
- Sodium: 1181.7 mg
- Fat: 29.7 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.9 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 1.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 5.7 g
- Fiber: 1.5 g
- Protein: 29.6 g
- Cholesterol: 46.5 mg
Keywords: Lamb seekh kebab, punjabi lamb kebab, spicy lamb kebab
Frequently asked questions
How many calories are in lamb seekh kebab?
If you read the recipe card above, it makes around 4 servings if you are tightly portion controlling the kebabs. Each serving will be around 414 calories (kcal) per serving which is just the kebabs. This is fine because these are usually consumed with a salad and mint sauce, which only increased the calories a little. Therefore, although this recipe can be high in calories, you can control the portion to keep it macro-friendly and hit a calorie deficit if you are aiming to lose weight. Check out the macro calculator if you want to lose weight the proper weight but still eat what you want.
What is seekh kebab made of?
Seekh kebab is mostly made of ground meat, such as lamb mince, beef mince, turkey mince or chicken mince, which has been mixed with a spice blend that you can make at home. Although it is traditionally made in a tandoor, you can make it at home on a barbecue or on a griddle pan.
What is the difference between seekh kebab and shish kebab?
They are both kebabs but shish kebab are usually cubes of meat, like chicken, beef or lamb, which happens to be less spicy compared to seekh kebab. Remember, seekh kebabs are cylindrical patties made from spicy ground meat so they will look different.
Is seekh kebab healthy?
Seekh kebab can be healthy or unhealthy depending on how much you consume, the ingredients you use and what the context you what you find to be healthy. Lamb seekh kebab is high in fat but if you control each portion it can easier. For someone on a keto diet, they will find this healthy, but for someone on a standard diet, it is not exactly that healthy.