Shashlik or Shashlyk (pronounced as it is written or sometimes even ‘shashleek’) is made in fair few countries including Iran, India, Turkey, Russia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Morocco and a lot more others! It is fairly easy to prepare and it tastes delectable!
Preparation will take about 15 minutes and cooking around 10! Here is how I make it:
Ingredients: (serves two)
- Two large chicken breasts cubed into square inch pieces
- Two onions – one diced into inch square pieces and the other grated
- Green, yellow and red pepper cut into inch square pieces
- Tomato halved for each side
- Four cloves of garlic
- Two cloves
- ¼ teaspoonful cumin seeds
- Pinch of saffron
- Juice and zest of a lemon
- Tablespoon of olive oil
- Few sprigs of green coriander (Cilantro for the ones living across the pond!)
- ¼ teaspoon salt and a few twirls of pepper mill
- In a blender, whiz all the ingredients (except of course all the inch square pieces and the tomatoes) into a smooth paste!
- Marinade the chicken cubes in this paste and leave overnight in fridge, in a bowl covered with a cling film. 24 hours will make it even nicer!
- Thread on skewers, alternating with peppers, onion and chicken with half the tomato on each side.
- Grill under a preheated grill for 4-5 minutes on each side, brushing with butter or olive oil in between, until corners of chicken and veg looks a little charred.
- leave to rest for a couple of minutes.
Serve atop rice, with nan or roti.