Shikampuri Kebab (stuffed meat tikki/patties)

As usual…..I did the vanishing act, again 🙂 but have a good reason for that this time…Ma and Baba were here to stay with us in Melbourne…Oh! What a wonderful time we had together…visiting Tasmania where we went to Hobart, the 2nd oldest settlement of Australia and New Norfolk (a rusty old town rich in Antique shops dating back to World War II). We traveled a lot in the last few months, but in between I did cook..Baba and Ma, as you guys know, love variety and I wanted them to taste everything that isn’t easily available in India…from quails to new fish varieties like salmon, snapper, etc.., from veggies and fruits like fennel, butternut pumpkin, celery, persimmon,   to ‘strange’ foods like raw oysters and mussels. In the next few posts I will share some of the recipes I that I made for them.

To start with lemme write about Shikampuri Kebab. Now the Mughals are praised for bringing in the concept of kebab to India.  But it seems making kebab in different forms was a well-established tradition in India. The Rajputs made ‘Suley’ or smoked kebabs with the game meat they brought in from their hunting expeditions. To preserve the meat they would spice & pickle it and then cook it the next day over an open fire in the forest.  When the Mughals came, they brought in their version of the kebabs and introduced the use of dried fruit, fragrances such as rose and kewda and nuts with the meat.

Interesting eh?! Anyways, going back to the post, here is the recipe.

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Easy Meat Loaf with Homemade Olive Bread and Grilled Veggies

Part 3 of Easy Peasy Meals

Aaaah….the Meat Loaf…brings back such fond memories of our early cooking adventures Didi…remember..you saw the recipe in one of Jethima’s cookbooks and decided to make it. I was staying at your Kirti Nagar home for a few days then…you being the Head Chef and I being your Sous Chef began making this dish. Once it was done, we quietly took it to the terrace, with our plates and ate the whole loaf!!!! Ufo (our beloved pet dog) kept inspecting the area around us lest we drop a few bits and pieces for him..but in despair 😛 Thinking of that day today is so strange..we both have come a loooooong long way from that phase…not only in-terms of cooking but also in terms of our girths 😀 Do you have some pics from that time to post? Maybe looking at them I will get inspired to work out!! hehhehehee….anyways, going back to the post today, I am sharing it coz I think it is an easy dish even though it sounds complicated. Don’t you agree Didi?

Lamb Meat Loaf with Homemade Olive Bread and Grilled Veggies

Lamb Meat Loaf with Homemade Olive Bread and Grilled Veggies

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