Kalmi Kabab Recipe - Mughlai Style Chicken Tangdi Kebab

Kalmi Kebab is a delicious kebab from the Mughlai cuisine, marinated with spices and yoghurt. Serve this delicious party starter along with Dahi Pudina Chutney.

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Kalmi Kabab Recipe - Mughlai Style Chicken Tangdi Kebab
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A popular non-vegetarian appetizer from the Mughlai cuisine, Kalmi Kebab uses the leg piece or the chicken drumstick.

Coated in rich and flavoursome marinade, the spices give it a depth of flavour, while the yogurt keeps them succulent and juicy. The kalmi kababs get a distinctive nutty aroma from the addition of cashews. The flavours are rather mild yet the kebabs taste delicious.

Serve Kalmi Kebab as a party starter along with Pickled Onions and Dahi Pudina Chutney. You can also make it as a side dish with your simple meal of Lahsuni Dal and Steamed Rice.

Take a look at some more Mughlai Recipes, that you can make for your weekend meals:

  1. Mughlai Style Chicken Haleem Recipe
  2. Veg Mughlai Paratha Recipe
  3. Mughlai Zafrani Murg Recipe

Cuisine: Mughlai
Course: Appetizer
Diet: High Protein Non Vegetarian
Prep in

30 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

50 M


3 Servings


  • 3 Chicken legs
  • 1/4 cup Hung Curd (Greek Yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh cream
  • 1 inch Ginger , finely chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 tablespoon Cashew nuts
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper powder
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Kalmi Kabab Recipe - Mughlai Style Chicken Tangdi Kebab

  1. To begin making the Kalmi Kebab Recipe, thoroughly wash and clean the chicken leg pieces.

  2. In a mixer jar, grind the cashew nuts to a fine thick paste using little water. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine yogurt, cream, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and mix well.

  4. Add turmeric powder, cashew nut paste, cumin powder, garam masala, red chilli powder, black pepper powder and salt. Mix well to combine.

  5. Add the chicken pieces, coat well with the marinade and refrigerate to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes or overnight. 

  6. Heat some oil in a non-stick pan. Place the marinated chicken on it and shallow-fry on high heat till the underside turns deep golden in colour.

  7. Flip and cook the other side on high heat till golden. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.

  8. Alternatively, you can also cook/roast the chicken in an oven/tandoor. 

  9. Serve Kalmi Kebab as a party starter along with Pickled Onions and Dahi Pudina Chutney. You can also make it as a side dish with your simple meal of Lahsuni Dal and Steamed Rice.