Cook's Hideout: Chana Dal Kebabs (Vegetarian Kebabs with Chickpeas)

July 11, 2013

Chana Dal Kebabs (Vegetarian Kebabs with Chickpeas)

Blogging Marathon# 30: Week 2/ Day 2
Theme: Get it Rolled
Dish: Chana Dal Kebabs
Day 2 of BM# 30 and today's dish under 'Get it Rolled' theme is Chana dal Kebabs. When you think of kebabs, you think of skewers and meat. Here's some Wiki gyan about Kebabs - 'Kebab is derived from the Arabic word 'kabab' which means to 'fry'. I especially like this story about the origin of kebabs -- Persian soldiers used their swords to cook meat on open fire and hence started the 'kebab' way of cooking meat.
Chana Dal Kebabs (Vegetarian Kebabs with Chickpeas)
Well since this is a vegetarian food blog, I decided to make some kebabs with beans. This recipe is inspired from one of the Telugu cooking shows. Original recipe used only chickpeas, but I had some cooked mixed beans (from this dal biryani I made earlier) which is used instead. These kebabs were filling and delicious.
Chana Dal Kebabs (Vegetarian Kebabs with Chickpeas)
I made a couple on the skewer and got restless because of the amount of baby sitting involved. So with the rest of the mixture, I just made patties and shallow fried them. These are great as is with a dipping suce (I served with avocado-cream sauce), perfect to be served at a party. I served them on a salad for a simple and healthy lunch.
Chana Dal Kebabs (Vegetarian Kebabs with Chickpeas)
Chickpeas + Adzuki beans + Moong beans - 1cup cooked (or just use Chickpeas)
Onion - 1 small, finely chopped
Green chilies - 2 (adjust as per taste), very finely chopped
Bread slices - 2
Ginger + garlic paste - 1tsp
Garam masala - 1tsp
Chaat masala - 1tsp
Salt - to taste
Lemon juice - 2tsp

  • Take the beans in a blender and grind them to an almost fine paste. Some texture is fine. Take this mixture into a bowl.
  • In the same blender, blend the bread slices to coarse powder. Reserve about ¼cup of bread powder and add the rest of it to the bean mixture. 
  • Add all the other ingredients to the bean mixture and mix well to form a slightly sticky dough. If it is too sticky then add the reserved bread powder.
  • Roll the dough around a kebab stick or skewer (alternately form into patties); cook on a preheated skillet with a touch of oil until all the sides are evenly cooked and turn golden brown.
  • Serve hot.
Chana Dal Kebabs (Vegetarian Kebabs with Chickpeas)
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 30.


  1. Omg, those kebabs looks like non vegetarian kebabs, droolworthy.

  2. Looks delicious! I once tried with mong dal and quite didn't like the taste. Will try chickpeas next time.

  3. Another interesting roll, kids would love this right..

  4. Perfect I like that bowl of salad with kababs yummm.

  5. Delicious and healthy! I recently made some with kadalai paruppu (split channa dal). This should hold the shape slightly better than the ones I made.

  6. They look so delicious Pavani. Love the way you have served it with a salad...

  7. love the color of that avocado cream - love both shapes


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