Cyrus's Lamb Sheek Kebabs with Fruit and Walnuts Recipe

PREP: 30 mins COOK: 6-8 minutes Add to My Favourites

You can’t beat Cyrus’s lamb kebab recipe. This traditional tasty meal is made using easy-to-cook lamb mince, fruit and walnuts.

“One of the highlights of Indian Cuisine is the venerable sheek kavaab or kebab as it is mostly called and, which is usually a street side speciality. A Muslim dish, which can be traced to its Persian roots many centuries ago. Sheek (The Indian name of Sheesh or skewer) Kavaab is normally made with lamb or mutton and varies in recipe from state to state and region to region.

"This recipe is perhaps one which is derived from a Maharajas hunting trip when wild boar would be ground up in the jungle and grilled over a brazier, appeals to most palates and to my mind is one of the simplest and best. The addition of nuts and dry fruit definitely stems from Royal beginnings, but no doubt give it a unique flavour and helps soften sometimes, strong tastes.”
Cyrus Todiwala

3 Ratings


Makes 12-14 small skewers

  • 500g lamb mince
  • Large handful fresh coriander, including stalks
  • Large handful fresh mint, including stalks
  • 1 x 1inch piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1tsp Garam Masala powder
  • 1tsp ground cumin powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander powder
  • 1 large fresh green chilli, seeds removed
  • ½tsp red chilli powder
  • ½tsp turmeric powder
  • Juice of ¼ lime
  • 6 seedless dried dates, finely chopped
  • 6 organic apricots, finely chopped
  • 2tbsp walnuts, chopped
  • Salt, to taste


Step 1

If using wooden skewers soak in warm water for 20 minutes.

Step 2

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together. 

Step 3

Take a two-inch ball of the mince in one hand and a skewer in the other.  

Make the ball as smooth as possible by tossing it like a ball in your hand. Gently shape the lamb in the form of a sausage on the skewer. 

Step 4

Cook under a preheated grill or barbecue for 6-8 minutes on each side, or until any meat juices run clear

Step 5

Serve with a selection of chutneys and a crisp salad or roll in a chapatti or flour tortilla filled with salad and sliced onion.  Enjoy.

Cyrus's Tip

The mixture can be shaped into burgers too.  Cook for the same amount of cooking time and serve in a burger bun. 

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