Galawat kay Kabab Recipe - Authentic Pakistani Flavor

Galawat kay Kabab

Galawat kay Kabab Recipe - Authentic Pakistani Flavor
Region / culture: Pakistan | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4


Galawat kay Kabab
Galawat kay Kabab

Galawat kay Kabab is a popular dish in South Asian cuisine, particularly in the regions of India and Pakistan. These tender and flavorful kebabs are made with minced mutton and a blend of aromatic spices, making them a favorite among food enthusiasts.


Galawat kay Kabab has its origins in the royal kitchens of Lucknow, India, where it was created by the chefs of the Nawabs. The dish was originally made with minced meat that was marinated in a mixture of spices and tenderizers, then cooked on a grill or in a pan. Over time, the recipe has evolved and become a staple in the culinary traditions of the region.


How to prepare

  1. Take minced beef in a bowl.
  2. Add all the ingredients except oil and mix thoroughly.
  3. Shape the mixture into kebabs of desired thickness and size.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the kebabs over medium heat (avoid pressing them while frying).
  5. Serve the kebabs with ketchup or chutney.


  • Use minced chicken or beef instead of mutton for a different flavor.
  • Add chopped nuts or dried fruits to the kebab mixture for added texture and sweetness.
  • Experiment with different spices and herbs to customize the flavor to your liking.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Use fresh and high-quality ingredients for the best flavor.

- Marinate the meat for at least a few hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to develop.

- Shallow fry the kebabs over medium heat to ensure they cook evenly and retain their moisture.

- Avoid pressing the kebabs while frying, as this can cause them to lose their shape and become dry.

- Serve the kebabs hot with a side of ketchup or chutney for a delicious meal.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Galawat kay Kabab with naan, roti, or rice, along with a side of raita and salad.

Cooking Techniques

Shallow frying

Ingredient Substitutions

Use yogurt or lemon juice instead of raw papaya as a meat tenderizer.

- Substitute chickpea flour or cornstarch for roasted gram flour.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the kebab mixture in advance and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before shaping and frying the kebabs.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the kebabs on a platter and garnish with fresh coriander leaves and lemon wedges for a visually appealing presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve Galawat kay Kabab with mint chutney, tamarind sauce, or green chili sauce for a burst of flavor.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover kebabs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a pan or microwave before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Galawat kay Kabab contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Galawat kay Kabab contains approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Galawat kay Kabab contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Galawat kay Kabab contains approximately 20 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

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


This recipe contains soy and sesame seeds, which may be allergens for some individuals.


Galawat kay Kabab is a protein-rich dish that is moderate in carbohydrates and fats. It provides essential nutrients like iron, zinc, and vitamin B12.


Galawat kay Kabab is a delicious and aromatic dish that is perfect for special occasions or everyday meals. With its tender texture and bold flavors, it is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a cherished one. It all started during a trip to Lucknow many years ago. I was wandering through the bustling streets, taking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. As I passed by a small food stall, the aroma of sizzling kebabs caught my attention.

I couldn't resist the temptation and decided to try one of the Galawat kay Kabab that the vendor was selling. As soon as I took the first bite, I knew I had stumbled upon something truly special. The kebab was so tender and flavorful, with the perfect blend of spices and herbs. I was determined to learn how to make it myself.

I struck up a conversation with the vendor, who kindly shared some tips and tricks with me. He mentioned that the key to making the perfect Galawat kay Kabab lies in the marination process. The meat needs to be marinated for hours in a mixture of yogurt, raw papaya paste, and a secret blend of spices. This helps to tenderize the meat and infuse it with all the delicious flavors.

I returned home with a newfound determination to recreate the magic of the Galawat kay Kabab in my own kitchen. I gathered all the ingredients and set to work, following the vendor's instructions to the letter. The smell of the marinating meat filled the air, making my mouth water in anticipation.

After hours of marinating, it was time to cook the kebabs. I heated up a grill pan and carefully placed the marinated meat on it, letting it sizzle and char to perfection. The aroma that filled my kitchen was simply intoxicating, and I couldn't wait to taste the final result.

As I took the first bite of the freshly cooked Galawat kay Kabab, I was transported back to the streets of Lucknow. The flavors were exactly as I remembered them - rich, aromatic, and incredibly delicious. I couldn't believe that I had managed to recreate this culinary masterpiece in my own home.

From that day on, the recipe for Galawat kay Kabab became a staple in my cooking repertoire. I would often make it for family gatherings and special occasions, impressing my loved ones with the authentic flavors of Lucknow. Each time I cooked the kebabs, I would think back to that fateful day in Lucknow when I first discovered this recipe, and I would feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Over the years, I have refined the recipe and made it my own, adding my own little twists and tweaks to make it even more delicious. But the essence of the dish remains the same - tender, succulent meat infused with the flavors of the spices and herbs. It is a dish that never fails to delight and satisfy, and one that I will always hold dear to my heart.

So whenever I cook Galawat kay Kabab now, I do so with a sense of nostalgia and gratitude, remembering the journey that brought this incredible recipe into my life. It is a reminder of the power of food to bring people together, to create memories, and to connect us to the places and people that have shaped us. And for that, I will always be grateful.


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