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Indian Kalmi Kabab Recipe

Indian Kalmi Kabab Recipe

The words “Kalmi Kabab” are made up of two distinct words: “Kalmi,” which means “frying,” and “Kabab,” which means “stick.” When making Kalmi Kabab, you can either use chunks of chicken breast or legs or mutton, depending on your preferences. It is a traditional Indian dish with Mughlai influences, kalmi kebab is especially well-liked in Punjab.

This particular recipe though, are chicken drumsticks that have been marinated and shallow-fried in a skillet over high heat until golden yellow in colour (you may also cook in tandoor oven). But keep in mind that the marinating procedure and cooking/baking duration of the dish are key to making excellent and juicy Kalmi Kabab. Oh well, simply cook it right now if you’re craving it!

Indian Kalmi Kabab Recipe


  • 4 pcs Chicken legs, put a slit on the sides
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chaat Masala powder 
  • 4 tablespoon Curd 
  • pinch of Asafoetida powder (it is like Indian Msg)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste 
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger paste 
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper, ground 
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder 
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Large Onion, sliced in rings (garnish)
  • Spring onions, chopped


  1. Mix all the ingredients to form a paste (except chicken and garnish). Now coat each of the chicken pieces with the paste. 
  2. Sprinkle the chopped spring onions and serve with sliced fresh onion rings.
  3. Marinate for 3 hours. After the marination period is over, grill the chicken legs until cooked through. 

If Grill is Not available:

  1. Heat some oil in a non-stick pan. Place the marinated chicken on it and shallow-fry on high heat till the underside turns golden. 
  2. Flip and cook the other side on high heat till golden. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Prick the center meat of leg, if juice runs clear (no more blood). Its cooked!
  3. Serve and enjoy!

For Air-fryer Oven:

  1. Drumsticks take 18 to 20 minutes in the air fryer at 200°C (or 400°F). Turn once halfway through. 

The Original Recipe of Butter Chicken: