Let’s make Chicken Shashlik

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! 


Chicken Shashlik

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.


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