Hara Bhara Kebab in Green Gravy

Hara Bhara Kebab in Green Gravy

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Here's how you can welcome your favourite starter into the main course! Hara Bhara Kebab, the ever-popular starter made of chana dal, paneer and green-hued ingredients like spinach and green peas, is drowned in a tongue-tickling green gravy and served as a main course.

The gravy has a vibrant taste, colour and texture because of the combination of spinach and fenugreek leaves with cream and spice powders. When the kebab and the green gravy come together, you get a totally awesome main course that you can combine with your favourite Indian breads to make a delicious meal.

Don't forget the garnish of cheese because it significantly boosts the visual appeal and taste of the Hara Bhara Kebab in Green Gravy.

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Hara Bhara Kebab in Green Gravy recipe - How to make Hara Bhara Kebab in Green Gravy

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings
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For The Hara Bhara Kebab
1/2 cup chopped and blanched spinach (palak)
1/4 cup plain flour (maida)
2 tbsp chana dal (split bengal gram)
1 tsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 tsp finely chopped ginger (adrak)
1/2 tbsp finely chopped green chillies
1/4 cup boiled green peas
1/4 cup crumbled paneer (cottage cheese)
salt to taste
2 pinches garam masala
1/2 tsp chaat masala
2 tbsp bread crumbs
bread crumbs for rolling
oil for deep-frying

For The Green Gravy
5 cups roughly chopped spinach (palak)
2 cups chopped fenugreek (methi)
1 tbsp oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
1 tsp green chilli paste
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp fresh cream
salt to taste

For The Garnish
2 tbsp grated processed cheese

For the hara bhara kebab

    For the hara bhara kebab
  1. Combine the plain flour and approx. 5 tbsp of water in a deep bowl and mix well using a whisk. Keep aside.
  2. Clean, wash and soak the chana dal with enough water in a deep bowl for 1 hour and drain well
  3. Combine the chana dal, garlic, ginger, green chillies and ¼ cup of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  4. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Drain well.
  5. Combine the chana dal, spinach and green peas in a mixer and blend till smooth using ½ tbsp of water if needed.
  6. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl and add the paneer, salt, garam masala, chaat masala and bread crumbs and mix well.
  7. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape each portion into a long oblong kebab.
  8. Dip each kebab into the prepared plain flour-water mixture and roll in the bread crumbs till it is evenly coated from all the sides.
  9. Refrigerate the kebabs for at least 20 minutes.
  10. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan and deep-fry the kebabs, 2 at a time on a medium flame, till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside.

For the green gravy

    For the green gravy
  1. Boil enough water in a deep non-stick pan, add the spinach and fenugreek leaves, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  2. Drain and refresh it with cold water. Blend in a mixer till smooth and keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan kadhai, add the onions and garlic paste and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  4. Add the spinach-fenugreek mixture, green chilli paste, garam masala, fresh cream, salt and ½ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Just before serving, re-heat the green gravy.
  2. Place the hara bhara kebabs in a serving dish and pour the hot green gravy evenly over it.
  3. Serve immediately garnished with cheese.

Hara Bhara Kebab in Green Gravy Video by Tarla Dalal

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy215 cal
Protein6.4 g
Carbohydrates19.2 g
Fiber5.9 g
Fat12.5 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium83 mg

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Hara Bhara Kebab in Green Gravy
 on 05 Dec 17 02:42 PM

Awesome subzi... nice twist of the famous punjabi starter - hara bhara kebab... Was appreciated in the party by one and all. I have always been a fan of Tarla Dalal recipe... great work by the team too.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Riya, thanks for your kind words. Please continue providing feedback. Happy Cooking.
16 May 18 11:37 AM
Hara Bhara Kebab in Green Gravy
 on 03 Dec 17 04:26 AM

I don''t cook anymore, now that I''ve got my OBE (over bloody 80) but I sure happy I came upon this site, with the lovely pics... of great food...
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Stacia : Glad you liked the site.
04 Dec 17 04:10 PM