Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mashawa / Maschaua Kebaps

Years ago, I had this delicious Mashawa soup for the first time at an Afghani restaurant and immensely enjoyed it - the rich flavours and the spicy taste of the soup immediately struck a chord in my heart. Since then, it has become one of my favourites when eating out - and is not only yummy, but a pretty rich source of protein as well - which is important for vegetarians.


I wanted to try out this soup at home for a long long time and bought this packet of mixed beans and lentils thinking I would make it finally. 


I washed the beans, soaked them overnight, and went off to bed. The next day, I 
continued with the process, pressure cooked the beans and as I was simultaneously doing other stuff, for some strange reason, drained the water completely and left the cooked beans in the sieve. A couple of hours later, I stepped back into the kitchen coz I was starving...saw the beans and was amazed at my own forgetfulness. 


Well, the result was that the beans were all dried up. So, I thought, why not make something else with them? Thus was born this recipe - thanks to my forgetfulness! We had these kebaps with a yogurt dip - and they turned out to be at least as good as the soup, even though a bit different and slightly drier than they would ideally be.

As they say...necessity is the mother of invention!

Ingredients

3/4 cup - assorted beans and lentils, soaked in some water overnight
1 medium size - onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp - dill, finely chopped
3 pods of garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp - ginger, finely chopped
1 - green chilli, finely chopped (more or less)
1/2 tsp - garam masala powder
1 1/2 tsp - lemon juice (adjust according to your taste)
1 tbsp - olive oil +some more to pan fry the kebaps
red chilli powder (optional)
salt to taste

Method
  1. Pressure cook the beans for 3-4 whistles/rings, drain the water and leave in the sieve for a couple of hours.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oilve oil in a pan, add the onions, garlic, ginger and saute until the onions are soft. Add the cooked beans and mash them slightly. Add salt and cook again for a couple of minutes.
  3.  Add the lemon juice, garam masala powder and chopped dill and mix well.
  4. Remove from the heat. Shape the beans into a long cylinder and insert a skewer inside.
  5. Sprinkle a little olive oil on the pan and cook the kebaps until golden brown from all sides.
  6. Serve hot with any dip of your choice.

Enjoy!

44 comments:

  1. yummy n healthy. the pulses photo looks amazing n colorful.

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  2. These mixed beans are so beautiful, and so is the picture!
    It is funny how one recipe can lead to the other... these kebabs look delicious and very tasty! I love dill with legumes, goes so well!

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  3. gorgeous party treats Rachana. anybody would be impressed.

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  4. A very health and deliciously mouth-watering kebabs you got there:)

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  5. Lovely kebab...looks really appetizing..loved that shape..:)

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  6. Really yummy and healthy kebabs, sooo delicious..

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  7. Delicious and healthy kababs, beautifully captured and presented as well :)

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  8. feel like picking one and dipping in the dip,..;-)

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  9. Pois é, Rachana!
    É assim que nascem as melhores receitas!
    Adorei a sua criatividade!
    As fotos estão lindas e mostram que são uma delícia!
    Parabéns!
    Beijos!
    :o)

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  10. Healthy and yummy snack...

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  11. very new recipe ,yet to try kebabs on my own.great clicks .

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  12. You're so creative! Love this healthy and yummy kebab....

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  13. Slurp soo tempting,healthy and drool-worthy kebaps..

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  14. Rachana, this looks scrumptious and perfect vegetarian snack for a cold day! Am sure this could be baked too.

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  15. They look wonderful! Kebabs make great finger food.

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  16. Healthy and mouthwatering kebabs,yummy

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  17. Kababs look delicious and mouthwatering. Great preparation.


    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  18. scattered grain picture looks great :)

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  19. How beautiful - must make for tasty appetizers

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  20. Beautiful, tasty appetizer, Rachana.

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  21. Wow! Your forgetfulness has created this amazing recipe, looks very appetizing.

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  22. Hi Rachana, nice exotic recipe!!... That too being a vegetarian, I'm so eager to try it out immediately.. I don't have the mixed beans.. should get it. Looks very very tempting and absolutely healthy!!!

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  23. I loved the beans pictures very much. Looks colorful.Kabab looks gorgeous

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  24. This kababs looks greatttt!!

    http://vegetarianmedley.blogspot.com/

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  25. I will definitely ask my wife to try this. Looks healthy and yummy also.

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  26. it looks awesome....luv the recipe and the fotos...:-)

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  27. First time here...you have very nice recipes in your blog ....kebaps are very amasing and temping
    do stop by mine sometime..
    www.rajafood.blogspot.com

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  28. that looks awesome.. anything spicy n roasted on a stick is a delight..

    US Masala

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  29. that's wonderful. am bookmarking this:-)

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  30. A protein rich kebab - wonderful :)

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  31. healthy as well as tasty kebabs!!

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  32. Looks like a good recipe. I am gonna try this.

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  33. New recipe to me rachana..Healthy one..sounds brillant..bookmarked!!

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  34. Humm so delicious!
    I have a surprise for you on my blog.. ;)

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  35. The cutlets look scrumptious! And I completely agree that necessity leads to wonderful discoveries :)

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  36. voila...Thatz super duper ..love it..First time here yaar..Seriouly u've an amazing blog..Do visit my blog when u r free.Can't resist myslef from following u ...
    http://jellybelly-shanavi.blogspot.com

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  37. I love beans!!!!This is very creative!

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