Sheek kavaab naan with malai tikka naanwich

Delicious lamb sheek kebabs and malai chicken tikka with homemade naan bread make this the recipe for a full-on Indian feast.

For this recipe you’ll need thick metal skewers, or wooden skewers that have been soaked in cold water for ten minutes.


For the sheek kavaab naan
For the Malai murg tikka
For the naan bread
For the red onion salad
For the raita dressing
To serve

Preparation method

  1. For the sheek kavaab naan, blend the lamb, coriander, mint, ginger, garlic and chilli together in a food processor.

  2. Tip the mixture out into a bowl then stir in the powdered spices, salt and lime juice. Check for seasoning by frying a small amount of the mixture until cooked through.

  3. Cover the mixture with cling film and chill in the fridge for 6-8 hours.

  4. Meanwhile, for the malai murg tikka, squash the cardamom pods and the mace flower and roast in a frying pan over a low heat.

  5. Place the remaining ingredients, except the chicken, in a blender and purée to a smooth paste. Place the chicken into a large dish and pour over the paste. Cover with cling film and marinade for 6-8 hours.

  6. For the naan, preheat the oven to 225C/450F/Gas 8 and preheat and heavy baking tray.

  7. Mix the sugar, eggs and milk together in a bowl, stir in the baking powder, salt and flour to form a dough. Knead briefly until smooth. Cover with the vegetable oil.

  8. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and set aside to rest for 15 minutes.

  9. Divide the dough into 16 portions, then roll each piece into a 20cm/8in circle and brush with the melted butter.

  10. Bake the bread for 4-5 minutes (you may need to do this in batches).

  11. For the red onion salad, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

  12. For the raita dressing, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

  13. To cook the kebabs, preheat the grill to high.

  14. Take a 5cm/2in 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. Now press the ball at roughly the middle of the skewer and press around so that the mince is now covering all round that part of the skewer.

  15. Now apply a little oil or water to the palm that you used for the mince and by gently pressing the meat, make it in the form of a sausage on the skewer - this does take a bit of practice and you may find that initially the mince is going to fall off the skewer.

  16. However if you form a ring between your forefinger and the thumb and use the rest of the fingers to guide the mince you will be fine. The pressure has to be gently applied and the mince pushed upwards so that it thins itself out over the skewer. Ideally the size of the sausage should be around 2.5cm/1in or a bit less in diameter.

  17. Rest the skewer on a small tray so that the ends of the skewer rest on the edges of the tray and the kebab is suspended in the middle.

  18. Repeat with the remaining mixture and skewers. Cook the kebabs for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until just cooked through.

  19. Thread the chicken onto skewers and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until cooked through.

  20. To serve, spread the chutneys over the naan, top with a little salad, then kebabs, then raita and roll the naan up tightly. Slice into 4-5 rounds and serve immediately.

Over 2 hours preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour cooking time

Serves 4

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