Dahi Kebab – perfect veg appetizer

 
Dahi(yogurt) kebab are the perfect vegetarian snack or appetizer. Made of hung curd or dahi, the kebabs are pan fried in minimal oil. They are flavorful and melt in your mouth soft, filled with cheese and paneer for a deliciousness that goes beyond the usually paneer tikka. Bonus: takes just 30 mins to make.
 Dahi kebabs or yogurt fritters are the perfect vegetarian snack or appetizer. Made of hung curd or dahi, the kebabs are pan fried in minimal oil. They are flavorful and melt in your mouth soft, filled with cheese and paneer for a deliciousness that goes beyond the usually paneer tikka. Bonus: takes just 30 mins to make.
 
I love eccentricities. Idiosyncrasies. Its what defines people, makes people who they are and I especially love people who are fine with being different. Its not easy. it takes an amazing amount of inner strength to be truly comfortable with who you are. Yet life becomes tough for people who are a little different, people who don’t fit the mold , doesn’t it?? I love kids. But in their innocence kids can also be cruel,without knowing how or meaning to , they might hurt others.
Dahi kebabs or yogurt fritters are the perfect vegetarian snack or appetizer. Made of hung curd or dahi, the kebabs are pan fried in minimal oil. They are flavorful and melt in your mouth soft, filled with cheese and paneer for a deliciousness that goes beyond the usually paneer tikka. Bonus: takes just 30 mins to make.
There is an engaging autistic child in my lane, a very sweet and gentle kid who keeps to himself and sometimes, if he is feeling especially good, he will bestow the sweetest, most innocent smile on you. And when that happens,believe me, you will feel rather “special” yourself.
But the other kids of the lane, don’t include him in their games much, no matter how much I try to tell them to go play with him. Luckily Baby D, my lil munchkin plays with the “different” kid. It bugs me no end thinking about the discrepancy being meted out to this innocent little child for no fault of his own, other than being “different”. It pains my heart. I wish parents would inculcate the sense of acceptance in their kids right from the young age.
Acceptance is the fiber of any democracy. Not independence, but acceptance of each other, just as we are, without any judgement is what makes us free in the true sense”.

Dahi kebabs or yogurt fritters are the perfect vegetarian snack or appetizer. Made of hung curd or dahi, the kebabs are pan fried in minimal oil. They are flavorful and melt in your mouth soft, filled with cheese and paneer for a deliciousness that goes beyond the usually paneer tikka. Bonus: takes just 30 mins to make.

That kid, A(lets call him that) , is much like me, soft on the inside with a nice tough I-don’t-care, hard exterior. 
 I took to him at the first meet. Obviously my admiration for him has grown manifolds since then.  I know him quite well by now with his mum being a good friend of mine. Life is quite tough for an autistic child but when I see him play on his own or with his now baby sister, it amazes me to see the resilience which human beings are bestowed with. One day D asked me, “Mom why does A speak and act like that”. No one plays with him coz they say he is weird. Is he bad?” 

This innocent question from a 4 yr old tugged at my heart and I knew I had to help my child see the beauty of everyone and everything around us, no matter how different they seem. After a quiet discussion about autism and how it affects kids, D seemed troubled and quiet. I let her be to ponder things over while I carried on with my work. Suddenly, she rushed to me, gave me a hug and said “I am going to tell all my friends about A and I will make sure no one teases him from now. And if someone does, I will tell you and you teach them about why he is different. I am sure they won’t trouble him then.” Needless to say, I felt so happy, proud and grateful all at once. 


I know my rant wasn’t about food, but I felt I needed to vent and where better than to you bunch of awesome people. 

Dahi kebabs or yogurt fritters are the perfect vegetarian snack or appetizer. Made of hung curd or dahi, the kebabs are pan fried in minimal oil. They are flavorful and melt in your mouth soft, filled with cheese and paneer for a deliciousness that goes beyond the usually paneer tikka. Bonus: takes just 30 mins to make.

Coming to these dahi kebab, well I love them too! Mostly coz they are so different to your usual kebabs. This kebab I made reminded me of him and of all those other kids and people labelled “Different”. 

The dahi kebab or yoghurt fritters are soft on the inside with a nice tough I-don’t-care, hard exterior. Made of hung curd and just roasted gram flour for binding, these melt in your mouth kebabs are then decadently filled with paneer and cheese, along with a bunch of flavorings. These are pan/ tawa fried in 2 tbsp of oil and take hardly 30 minutes to make. Served with a basic mint coriander chutney , some hot sauce and pickled onions, these dahi kebabs or yogurt fritters are the perfect vegetarian appetizer and a great alternative to usual panner tikkas.

Dahi kebabs or yogurt fritters are the perfect vegetarian snack or appetizer. Made of hung curd or dahi, the kebabs are pan fried in minimal oil. They are flavorful and melt in your mouth soft, filled with cheese and paneer for a deliciousness that goes beyond the usually paneer tikka. Bonus: takes just 30 mins to make.
I was totally floored the first time I tasted these delightful flavorful dahi kebab in a restaurant. Since then, I have made these at home whenever the mood strikes for something “different”. Surprisingly it always elicits a similar response in people who eat it “Wow, kya hai ye,its soo soft”!

Here’s to being a “different me” in a world that craves to fit in, to being yourself no matter how hard that may me. Here’s to teaching our kids the importance of being “different”  and a special cheers to the millions of “different” special kids living with Autism. “Different is Good”.

Xo,
S 🙂 

Dahi kebabs or yogurt fritters are the perfect vegetarian snack or appetizer. Made of hung curd or dahi, the kebabs are pan fried in minimal oil. They are flavorful and melt in your mouth soft, filled with cheese and paneer for a deliciousness that goes beyond the usually paneer tikka. Bonus: takes just 30 mins to make.

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Dahi Kebabs or yogurt fritter
 
Made of hung curd and just roasted gram flour for binding, these melt in your mouth kebabs are then decadently filled with paneer and cheese, along with a bunch of flavorings. These are pan/ tawa fried in 2 tbsp of oil and take hardly 30 minutes to make
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • Hung Curd 500 gms - prepare beforehand by tying curd in a muslin cloth and letting the whey drip out. Takes 3 hrs +
  • Paneer softened 100 gms - Soak paneer in warm water for 30 mins till very soft.
  • Any melting cheese - 50 grams.
  • ½ cup besan ( gramflour) - dry roasted over low heat till slightly darker, might need more.
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 3-4 finely chopped green chillie
  • 4 Tbsp finely chopped onions
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • Salt as needed.
  • Kashmiri red chillie powder 1-2 tsp ( acc to taste)
  • Blended spice of black peppercorn + coriander seeds - about 2 tsp
  • 2-3 tsp Oil for pan frying
  • Red chillie flakes - 2 tsp
  • Rock salt for sprinkling on top
  • Coriander +mint chutney to serve with.
  • Pickled Onions
  • Mint leaf and lime wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. Start by hanging the curd in a muslin cloth atleast 3-4 hrs before you need to make the kebabs. I use thick curd that takes 2 hours to drain completely. It might take longer depending on the whey content of your curd.
  2. Once you get the hung curd, remove from muslin cloth and add to a mixing bowl.
  3. Dry roast the gram flour on low heat till fragrant and lightly browned.
  4. In another bowl, mix half the cheese with the onion, chillies and ginger. Add 1 tsp of the blended spice mix, red chillie powder and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Now take the remaining cheese and add that to the hung curd, alongwith the paneer, some salt and chilie flakes.
  6. Mix. Add the roasted gram flour and cornflour and knead till smooth and it holds together.
  7. Now remove a pingpong size dough, shape them into flat tikkis.
  8. Add a tsp of the cheese - onion filling , pinch the sides well and flatten them into kebab/ fritter shapes.
  9. Keep on a plate dusted with more cornflour, and proceed to make kebabs from the remaining dough.
  10. Heat a non stick skillet and add 2 tbsp oil
  11. Pan fry over medium heat till brown on both sides. About 2-3 mins per side.
  12. The kebabs are quite soft, so you have to handle them carefully.
  13. Serve hot off the pan with ketchup,chutney and some fresh cut tomatoes and onions in chaat masala and lime juice.

18 thoughts

  1. Though I am a big time fan of Indian appetizers, this is something very unique and I am seeing for the first time. These look so perfectly made and I am drooling all over the pics 🙂

    1. Hey Jill! Thanks so much .. U won’t find hung curd in shops. It’s just yogurt that’s been drained of all whey by hanging it in a cheese cloth. If u look at the recipe, j have mentioned how to make it in detail. Hope it helps! Xo

  2. My mother had a friend with two mentally challenged children and I was so glad that I grew up with them. My husband and I have also volunteered with disadvantaged children and so my children aren’t afraid of “different” people either. Shame on those other people that would rather poke fun at the differences than learn and be a better person for knowing them. Sorry, you hit a sensitive spot with me. Well these kebabs would be so delicious and I can just hear the oooohs when they hit the table. Perfect for a warm day.
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  3. It is so unfortunate that kids at that young age are made aware of ‘differences’ be it due to their capabilities, social status or religion! Parent have a huge responsibility in bringing their kids up right and unfortunately the definition of right is open to interpretation! Loved your story and these fabulous kebabs!
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  4. I couldn’t agree more Swayam. The sad thing is kids aren’t born with prejudices or the natural inclination to exclude people who are different – this is instilled within them from the adults and media in their life. So it really is up to us to teach our children that everybody is worthy of respect and love – no matter if they’re different or similar to you! Sounds like you’ve taught your little munchkin well though, she’s definitely a reflection of you!

    And these kebabs look absolutely delicious, I’m a sucker for anything with paneer. Was really expecting these to be quite a chore to make, but love that they only take 30 mins to make – that’s my kind of food! Pinning to try asap!
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  5. Kids can be so cruel, I’m glad you are making an effort to teach your daughter kindness, more people need to be doing that! And I am loving these dahi kebabs! That yogurt sauce sounds like the perfect compliment.

  6. Swayam thank you so much for what you wrote here about that autistic child – I have one in my family and it breaks my heart how other kids treat him. Your message is beautiful and I’m so glad you took to your blog to write about it. 🙂 Also, your daughter is adorable and beautiful inside out for playing with him even when others weren’t.

    Coming back to these delicious dahi kebabs though – my grandmother used to make these for me when I was a kid and I’ve only ever tried her recipe for it! Totally making this and trying yours – they look amazingg!!

  7. Swayam …You truly have a gift when it comes to writing. Informative, while being able to get your point across in a way that is unique and continually makes me want to keep reading faster to see where its going. And Seriously the photos make me want to eat, so Im clamoring to get to the recipe! Pinned this!

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