Friday, 9 September 2011

Minced pork cocktail kebabs

First of all Happy Onam to all you gorgeous people. I am craving a traditional feast, but then sheer laziness to make it and the unnecessary exorbitant prices the restaurants are charging for it is making me stick to er, a pizza for dinner. My plans of posting the pictures have also gone awry as I dove straight into work and was left with no time whatsoever. Now I have just lost the enthusiasm to do the same.

My life revolves around the weather, a fetish I developed after moving to the UK, and so here is the update. Its officially Autumn in our neck of woods and I must say its not as depressing as I thought it would be. In fact I'm secretly enjoying the gloomy weather and continuous rains to an extent. The only down side is the fact that photography has taken a back seat as it starts getting dark early and since I start cooking only by around 5, I've missed out on what little sunlight is pouring through.
This dish however happened by fluke. I had picked up some minced pork to make some burger patties and since I didn't know what else to do with the leftover meat, these kebabs were born. Since it was a comparatively warmer and brighter day today I decided to embrace the occasion by taking these pics outside on my balcony. I am pretty sure I wouldnt be seeing this kinda weather any time soon, so I'm thinking there would be a bit of a delay with my next post as well. Just letting you all know in advance, you see. Coming back to the recipe, you can make them as patties if you prefer or make larger kebabs using the entire skewer. I am thinking this is a brilliant appetizer idea served along with a dip.

On a completely different note, please head over to Miss Tam Chiak owned by the lovely Maureen, and check out my guest post 'South Indian Egg Roast' among other fabulous reviews and pics. Once again thanks a lot for giving this amazing opportunity.
Minced pork- 450 gms
Curry powder- 3 tsp
English shallots- 3, finely chopped
Coriander leaves- a handful, finely chopped
Green chilli- 1, sliced
Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt and pepper- to taste
Wooden skewers- 5, broken in halves
Soak the wooden skewers in a glass of water for at least 1 hour.
Into a mixing bowl add all the other ingredients and using your hand, mix well until well combined.
Cover and keep the bowl in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
When you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 176C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Wet your hands lightly, take small portions of the meat and press on to the skewers, leaving a couple of inches below.
Make sure they are not too heavy, or otherwise it would fall off.
bake for about 9 minutes on each side and then drain on paper towels.
Serve with a spiced mint yoghurt dip and some salad greens and you are good to go.
Notes: You can use minced beef or even boiled and mashed vegetables instead of the meat.
The above mentioned amount makes about 5 medium sized patties as well.
The curry powder mentioned is a mixture of all sorts of spices and powders and we get it here in grocery stores under- mild, medium and strong. I think you can use any meat masala in its place.
The kebabs are not spicy at all, so increase the amount of chilli powder or green chillies for a more spicier version. I made the dip spicy instead.
While adding salt, go according to your instinct because you obviously cant taste raw meat. The next time i am definitely going to jot down the measurement.
Go ahead and grill it on an outdoor BBQ or even in an oven for a max of 3 to 4 minutes each side. I tried one batch in the frying pan, but that means you have to add oil and I ended up making a mess. But not everyone's like me, so go ahead and fry it if that's more convenient.


Anonymous said...

This looks really good. I'm going to try it this weekend. Maybe when you make the mixture, you could fry a really small piece in a pan to check for salt?

Sayantani said...

thats really lovely recipe. love the neat work you have done with the shaping. looks awesome.

Rinku Naveen said...

Happy Onam dear! Sad you missed the sadhya. May be next time..
This looks like an awesome recipe. Loved your styling!

Pavithra said...

Happy onam to you,.. The kebab looks awesome and the pictures are great.

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely presentation Nisa

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Happy Onam to you and your family. Pork Kabab looks very delicious and inviting. Awesome preparation.

Hamaree Rasoi

Neha said...

kababs looks so tempting...Nice clicks too...

Priya said...

Omg, simply inviting, will try out with chicken..

Love II cook said...

brilliant clicks

divya said...

absolutely irresistible recipe...awesome clicks too..!

Monet said...

Happy Onam! Thank you for sharing another delicious recipe. As always, your posts make me smile. I hope you have a blessed beginning to your week. Much love from Austin!

Sarah Naveen said...

Beautiful pictures Nisha darls. I have that same patio table ;)..loved the recipe too.

btw i read mini one sometime back..oh i love everything in that series..there is one "undomestic goddess" outside that series and i love that too..

i m now reading Gucci Gucci coo...its totally hilarious..

JishasKitchen said...

Oh myy...that looks beautiful and delicious..and the presentation and clicks are outstanding....yumm!!

Now Serving said...

what a nice presentation!

Chitra said...

Nice , cute clicks :)

Anonymous said...

I usually by minced pork to make dimsum and i always have left overs which I land up using in something to make fritters. This is a fantastic idea and easy too!

Mary said...

These look beautiful and sound delicious. How could I go wrong :-) This is my first visit to your blog, so I've taken some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. You've created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I'll be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary