Chapal Kabab Recipe from Pakistan - Beef, Onions, and Spices

Chapal Kabab

Chapal Kabab Recipe from Pakistan - Beef, Onions, and Spices
Region / culture: Pakistan | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4


Chapal Kabab
Chapal Kabab

Chapal Kabab is a popular Pakistani dish made with ground beef and a blend of spices. These kababs are known for their crispy exterior and juicy interior, making them a favorite among meat lovers.


Chapal Kabab originated in Peshawar, Pakistan, where it is a staple dish in local cuisine. The name "Chapal" refers to the traditional Peshawari sandals, which the kababs are said to resemble in shape.


How to prepare

  1. Mix all the ingredients together. Heat the oil until it is very hot, as this is necessary to achieve a crisp surface.
  2. Shape the mixture into large portions, making them round and 0.5 inches thick. Once the oil is hot, begin frying the kababs.
  3. The kababs are ready to be served when their surface turns dark brown.
  4. Serve the kababs with Nan bread and mint Chutney.


  • Substitute ground chicken or lamb for the ground beef.
  • Add chopped mint leaves or cilantro for a fresh flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure the oil is hot enough before frying the kababs to ensure a crispy texture.

- Use thickly minced ground beef for a juicy and flavorful kabab.

- Adjust the amount of spices according to your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions

Chapal Kabab can be served with Nan bread, mint chutney, and a side salad for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

Deep fry the kababs for a crispy texture.

- Shape the kababs into round patties for easy frying.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use ground chicken or lamb instead of ground beef.

- Substitute ground cumin for the coriander seeds.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the kabab mixture in advance and refrigerate until ready to fry.

- Freeze the shaped kababs for future use.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Chapal Kabab on a platter with a drizzle of lemon juice and fresh herbs. - Garnish with sliced onions and tomatoes for a colorful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve Chapal Kabab with a side of raita (yogurt sauce) and pickled vegetables.

- Pair with a refreshing mint lemonade or chai tea.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover Chapal Kabab in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

- Reheat in a preheated oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chapal Kabab contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Chapal Kabab contains approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chapal Kabab contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Chapal Kabab contains approximately 20 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Chapal Kabab is a good source of iron, zinc, and vitamin B12.


Chapal Kabab contains allergens such as gluten (from the Nan bread) and may contain traces of nuts.


Chapal Kabab is a high-protein dish that is rich in fats and calories. It is a flavorful and satisfying meal option.


Chapal Kabab is a delicious and flavorful dish that is perfect for a special occasion or a weeknight dinner. With a crispy exterior and juicy interior, these kababs are sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately drawn to it. It was a hot summer day and I was visiting my friend Fatima, who lived in a small village in Pakistan. As soon as I entered her kitchen, I was greeted by the tantalizing aroma of spices and grilled meat. Fatima was busy flipping golden-brown patties on a sizzling griddle, and I couldn't help but ask her what she was making.

"Chapal Kabab," she replied with a smile. "It's a traditional Pashtun dish that my mother taught me how to make. Would you like to learn?"

I eagerly nodded my head, eager to learn the secrets of this delicious-looking dish. Fatima handed me a list of ingredients and a pen, instructing me to write down the recipe as she cooked. I watched in awe as she expertly mixed ground beef with onions, garlic, ginger, and a blend of spices that filled the kitchen with a mouth-watering scent.

As Fatima shaped the mixture into flat patties and placed them on the griddle to cook, she explained the history of Chapal Kabab to me. The dish originated in Peshawar, a city known for its rich culinary heritage and vibrant street food culture. Traditionally, Chapal Kabab is made with minced lamb or beef mixed with spices, onions, and green chilies, then grilled on a flat iron griddle called a "chapal." The name of the dish comes from this unique cooking method, which gives the kababs a charred, smoky flavor that is irresistible.

After the kababs were cooked to perfection, Fatima served them on a bed of fresh lettuce and tomatoes, with a side of tangy mint chutney and warm naan bread. I took a bite of the juicy, flavorful kabab and was instantly transported to the bustling streets of Peshawar, where vendors sell sizzling kababs to hungry passersby.

From that day on, Chapal Kabab became a staple in my culinary repertoire. I made it for family gatherings, dinner parties, and even just for myself on lazy evenings when I craved a taste of Pakistan. Over the years, I perfected the recipe, adjusting the spices and ingredients to suit my own palate. Each time I made Chapal Kabab, I felt a connection to Fatima and her mother, who had passed down this delicious tradition to her.

As I grew older, I collected recipes from friends, family, and acquaintances, each one adding a new dimension to my culinary knowledge. I learned to make biryani from my aunt, samosas from a neighbor, and nihari from a chef I met at a local restaurant. Each recipe told a story of its own, a narrative of tradition, culture, and love that transcended borders and boundaries.

I often think back to that day in Fatima's kitchen, when I first learned to make Chapal Kabab. The recipe is more than just a list of ingredients and instructions – it is a reminder of the friendships I have formed, the memories I have created, and the joy I have found in sharing food with others. And as I continue to cook and explore new recipes, I know that each dish I make carries a piece of those who have taught me, inspired me, and nourished me along the way.

So, the next time you sit down to enjoy a plate of Chapal Kabab, remember the story behind the recipe. Remember the hands that shaped the patties, the laughter that filled the kitchen, and the love that went into every bite. And know that with each mouthful, you are not just tasting food – you are tasting a piece of history, culture, and tradition that has been passed down through generations, from one cook to another, from one heart to another.


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